8. Memorable Moment: Patrick Roy Overturns the Partition
If there is one moment that encapsulates what Patrick Roy’s tenure as coach was like, it was his regular season debut. It was his coaching the team to a 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
And it was the flare-up of his infamous temper at the end of the game.
With just seconds left in regulation, and with Colorado up 6-1, coach Roy sent out Patrick Bordeleau and Cody McLeod, two known heavyweights. It was a bold move, another trademark of Roy’s. And the Ducks didn’t like it. They started a scrum right in front of the Avalanche bench.
Ducks agitator Corey Perry started running his mouth, so coach Roy snapped at him. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau involved himself, and all hell broke loose:
This was the iconic moment of the entire season. With that fight, Roy secured his place as the player’s coach. He would have been far too intimidating a figure otherwise, and he knew that.
It also set the stage for a scrappy team fighting back every single game for the respect they felt they deserved. It really was such a golden season.
I was at that game, by the way. When the announcers announced the coach, the screams for him were louder than for any player.