Colorado Avalanche will face Patrick Roy’s Islanders early on in 2024-25 in a revenge game

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No Colorado Avalanche fan should necessarily have any bad will towards Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy. Obviously, as a player, no fan is going to say that they were not a fan of him. He was the best goaltender in all of the NHL—in NHL history. Roy posted a .910 save percentage for his career in 1,029 career games.

Roy won many awards during his career, which spanned from 1984-85 to 2002-03. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens and played for them for 12 seasons (11 if you exclude his rookie season in which he appeared in just one game and played 20 minutes).

He won four Stanley Cups and earned the Conn Smythe trophy three times, all three of the Conn Smythe trophies were earned during Stanley Cup runs. Three Vezina trophies and five William M. Jennings Trophies are also on his resume.

There is no denying Roy’s greatness as an NHL goaltender. He was what any goaltender wants to become. Young goaltenders look up to him, in terms of his playing days.

Colorado Avalanche face Patrick Roy as a head coach in 2024-25

I am sure that there is such thing as revenge games, even if, to some, it seems as though media hypes those sorts of things up more than they need to. Well, for fun, let’s do it.

Roy was hired in January of 2023 by the New York Islanders in a surprise move. I say surprise move because of how his tenure went as the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

After his first season as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, in which he led the team to a first-place finish in the division, it was all downhill from there. His Avalanche finished seventh, sixth, and third in the division the next three years and he ultimately resigned from the position in August of 2016.

At the end of the day, fans are going to forever love Roy as a goaltender. As their head coach? Not so much. The Islanders head to Colorado on October 14th and I definitely expect some booing in Ball Arena.