Who says things move slower in Canadia? In a long-anticipated and much-ballyhooed move (at least to the Habs faithful), the Montreal Canadiens have finally decided to retire Patrick Roy’s number on November 22nd before a game against the Boston Bruins.
To say that Roy left the Habs on bad terms is an understatement akin to me saying I’m not really funny. Roy’s departure is often referred to as “The Trade” (or Le Trade for you saucisson-eaters), and any time something is called “The Anything” (i.e. The Catch, The Drive, The Rash), it certainly takes on extra significance.
As the hockey historian that every MYFO reader is, we don’t need to go into detail regarding the ins and outs of what transpired that caused such a rift between Roy and the Canadiens organization, other than saying that on December 2, 1995, then Habs coach Mario Tremblay (now an assistant with the Wild) left Roy twisting in the wind in net as he gave up nine goals on 26 shots before finally pulling him. Roy insisted it was solely done to humiliate him. Roy afterward said it was his “last game in Montreal” and he was subsequently dealt to Colorado and the rest you can say is Hall of Fame history.
Be that as it may, why the sudden change in heart? Why now? After pondering this for seconds, perhaps minutes, I think I may have figured it out: Roy must have threatened to unleash his son, Jonathan, to wreak havoc on the entire Habs organization.
Yeah, that makes the most sense. I don’t speak French very well (or at all), but my guess the guy in the video is saying, “Roy is wrong with that guy?”
Hey, it’s possible.