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Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

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    Quite a good biography of the greatest NHL goaltender of the modern era

    While, as may be expected, Michel Roy, like any father of an athlete, is a bit more apologetic and excuse-seeking for his son's poor performances (like blaming a relatively-poor season on allegedly ill-fitting leg pads), the author does a very good job in explaining Patrick Roy's boyhood and training as he worked his way to becoming the most successful goaltender in NHL history. While one cannot call this book completely comprehensive, as much information on playoffs and other facets of Patrick's life are glossed over, the inside information more than makes up for it all, as does Michel Roy's subtle plea to the Montreal Canadiens to get over themselves and welcome Patrick Roy back into the fold after the disaster of the Mario Tremblay era. Despite some of the clunkiness one sees upon translation into a different language, this is generally a very well done introduction to Patrick Roy's sporting life and makes me fondly remember the glory days of the NHL before the introduction of former Soviet players, the horrifically-boring neutral zone trap strategy instituted by the New Jersey Devils, unnecessary overexpansion, and the disastrous institution of Gary Bettman as NHL Commissioner destroyed the game. (Surprisingly enough, though, Michel Roy made me think that part of the reason why goals-against are so down in the NHL is due to Patrick Roy's popularization of the butterfly style...guess you have to take the bad with the good!) Overall, well worth the read, and I would hope one day the book can be expanded to include more on the present-day activities of this exciting goalie.

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