Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else

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The bestselling bio of Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy-now in a highly anticipated English-language edition

Since it published in Canada in November 2007, Le Guerrier became an instant hit, quickly selling out its first print run. For fans of Patrick Roy, the NHL's legendary goaltender, the book provided the first truly intimate, no-holds-barred look at the early life and meteoric rise of their hero, told from a unique perspective: his father's. Written by Michel Roy, himself an ...

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The bestselling bio of Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy-now in a highly anticipated English-language edition

Since it published in Canada in November 2007, Le Guerrier became an instant hit, quickly selling out its first print run. For fans of Patrick Roy, the NHL's legendary goaltender, the book provided the first truly intimate, no-holds-barred look at the early life and meteoric rise of their hero, told from a unique perspective: his father's. Written by Michel Roy, himself an impassioned hockey fan, Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else offers keen insights on Patrick's indomitable will to win, how he revolutionized goaltending and popularized the butterfly style, as well as his role models and inspiration, and his relationships with teachers, teammates, the media, hockey scouts and coaches, agents and players.

  • Reveals what makes Patrick tick, taking us behind the scenes and into the family life of one of the greatest goaltenders of all time
  • Offers a candid look at Patrick's blunders, faults and difficulties, including the heartbreaking move from Montreal that nearly broke his spirit

While much has been written and said about Patrick Roy, this father's look at his famous son offers fans everywhere an unusually in-depth and authoritative look at this complicated and driven athlete.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470679449
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Québec City in 1942, Michel Roy had a distinguished career with the Québec Government until 1996, holding several senior management positions over 26 years, including Deputy Minister of Tourism, Deputy Minister of Communications, and the Québec Government's Representative in Chicago for twelve Midwest states. He is also an accomplished jazz musician and composer, and is currently Chair of Telefilm Canada.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    There 500 some pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    How many pages ?

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Love Hockey? Read this book!!

    Patrick Roy-The Icon

    Patrick Roy. Winning. Nothing Else. is an amazing book about the struggles of a man who has been through every young hockey players dreams. The book starts out with his first Stanley Cup series win with the Montreal Canadiens and how exciting it was for him. Then it gets into explaining the authors' background (Patrick's father Michel) and how he believed, from an early age, that his son was going to be an amazing hockey player. Not so much in the cocky way, but in the serious, professional coach way. The rest of the book describes his travels through over twelve different teams, before he even reached his professional career. It goes in depth about the way he loved the game, and how all of his team mates adored him, and how much they appreciate everything that he has accomplished.
    The book was an incredibly detailed story of everything that Patrick went through, team wise, and routine wise. Michel is a very talented writer when it comes to his son, because he described all of the events, big and small, in such great detail that it felt as if you were right in the middle of the story. I liked everything about this book, especially chapter 12. This chapter explained, through Michel's eyes, what a goalie is, and how he reacts to any situation, whether it is in the game or outside; it fits it to a T. Since I am a goalie, I understand everything that he said. It was a little freaky with how precise, and correct he was, which makes me think that Patrick had to have been asked on what to write in the chapter. The thing that bothered me the most in the book, and there wasn't much, was all the French names, and places. They were small blips in the chapters, but it was still frustrating because I didn't understand what they meant.
    If you play hockey, or really like hockey, then you need to read this book. It has so many details in it about hockey in general, that you don't even need to be a goalie to like this book. Patrick was a very talented man in how he understood the game, and never took anything or anyone for granted. Michel kept reminding the reader that Patrick was always going to his goalie coach about ways that he could improve every practice he could. My overall rating on this book is definitely a five out of five. There is no doubt that this book didn't deserve it because it was very well written, and had such great detail that it grabbed you every time you opened it.

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  • Posted March 19, 2009

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    Overall not a bad bio...

    Patrick was one of the best goalies ever in the NHL. He was a legend as well as a controversial player because of his style, passion, and winning attitude. He played hockey for the first part of his career in Montreal which is a hot bed of hockey passion and intensity. He later was traded to Colorado where he played on two Stanley Cup winning teams.The book is written by his father which makes it a little bias on the views of the events. Typically the father takes the positive outlook on his son, and really who can blame him.The book provides some insider looks on the feelings, the passion to win, and what really made Patrick great all those years. And after reading it made me look at him in a totally different aspect. Even though his father is really bias in my opinion, but its not a bad read none the less.
    The basic information is there but the translation is a little off. You can tell it wasn't written in English first.While as it was expected, his father, like any other person who is a father of an athlete, is a bit more bias towards his son's poor playing in his early childhood (like blaming a poor season on an ill-fitting leg pads), the author does a very so-so job on explaining Roy's boyhood and training as he worked his way to become the one of the most well known goal tenders in history. Though I only say the tail end of his career he was the best damned goalie i saw and he deserved way more credit than he got until this book was released. The book does have its faults but over all it hits the nail in the head about Patrick Roy's life. Good read

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Great Book

    I am a huge Patrick Roy fan. I have followed his career since his early days, so this was a great book for me. A good book for anyone who loves and enjoys watching hockey. He was and still is the greatest goalie ever.
    He was goalie for my Colorado Avalanche, so I got to see him a lot.

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