On Wednesday, May 27th, 2009, Patrick Roy announced that he decided to stay in Quebec city as the Head Coach and GM of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League).
I forgot one minor thing: He owns the team!
I sat down and read your reaction to the rumour of Roy in Colorado and laughed at most of your reactions. There are those who thought he was the saviour of the Colorado Avalanche. There's one, who basically says that Patrick is a loose canon, a guy who is not stable, and other nice things like that.
It is time for you to get over it.
Patrick Roy has played 18 seasons in the NHL where he was on the road often and spent a lot of energy on being the very best goaltender in the NHL.
While everyone thinks that the life of an NHL player is a dream life people forget that the players are making huge sacrifices. If you are a single and playing in the NHL, life is absolutely fantastic! Woman, booze, money and basically everything you want in life is flowing like a raging river.
But if you are married it is a different story.
When you are spending a lot of time at the rink or on the road you are not spending time with your family. Patrick has two sons and a daughter that he did not get the chance to see grow up because he was a little bit busy playing hockey and winning Stanley Cups.
You and I have the luxury of being able to go to work and come home to our family, watching our kids grow up.
For the last 6 years Patrick has been spending time with his sons: Jonathan and Frederic, along with daughter Jana.
The most important time for our kids is when they are between 16 and 20 years old because it is where they will define what there life will be.
Patrick simply wants to be there for his kids by staying in Quebec City. He wants to help Jonathan in his singing career. Yes you read this right, Jonathan is a singer and a good one! mGo take a peak, the kid has some good songs: http://jonathanroymusic.com/what-i-ve-become-en
His other son Frederic wants to go to California to go into acting.
His daughter Jana will one day go to college and I am sure Patrick wants to be there to help find an apartment and to help her in her journey.
That is something he can do in Quebec City; if he wants to skip a game and take a flight to California to see his son he will be able to do so.
Do you think he could do that if he is the head coach or general manager of the Avalanche? Jump in a plane and miss a few practices to go see his daughter or help Jonathan who might be on tour? Can he do that if he his in the NHL?
Simple answer: No!
When you are coaching in the NHL can you go play golf with your buddies? Can you organize a last minute dinner with your friends?
No you can't because you have to prepare for the draft, the free agent season, look at the budget, etc.
Patrick has discovered something that was not there while he was playing in the NHL he discover life like we have it.
Spending time with his friends and his family.
Play the role of father in his kids life.
Most of all by staying in Quebec City he his doing something he loves by coaching his team and by being has close as possible to his family.
He has accomplished a lot with the Remparts a team who when he arrived had roughly 750 season tickets holder.
It is now 7800 season ticket holders, which is an unbelievable accomplishment.
He has great business partners in Jacques Tanguay and Michel Cadrin.
Mister Tanguay and Cadrin are big believers in working in a family atmosphere, which is exactly what the Remparts are.
So as much as some of you would have liked, or not, to see Patrick behind an NHL bench in the new season, it won't happen.
Maybe in five or ten years it will happen, but for now Patrick Roy will be what he wants to be: the owner, general manager and head coach of the Quebec Remparts; play his role of a great dad who cares a lot about his kids; be a recreational hockey player in the Friday league he plays into as a forward; play golf with his friends.
He will basically have a normal life, just like you and me.
Is there anything wrong with that?