Jacques Plante left an indelible mark on not just Montreal, but the entire hockey landscape (as well as many Goalie masks) and won 6 Stanley Cups along the way. Ken Dryden - the cool, calm, collected giant in net - was the backbone of the great Canadiens' teams in the 70's, also winning 6 Stanley Cups and, this is not a typo, finishing his career winning 86% of the games he participated in.
These are two seriously formidable obstacles standing in the way of the starting position in net for Patty. But, just like the blue-line he superstitiously wouldn't step on, he is able to comfortably pop over them.
Roy finished his career in 2003 with almost ever major goaltending record. To date, Martin Brodeur has been able to chip away at a few of them and is closing in on a few more. Throw in the name, Terry Sawchuk, and there is the current debate on who is the best goalie ever. Plante was great and so was Dryden and so was the "Rocket", for that matter, but they are not in that uppermost rung of hockey greatness. It's Orr, Gretzky, or Lemieux...Sawchuk, Roy, or Brodeur. Dryden and Plante may be hockey royalty, but they are nowhere near the throne.
The frustrated die-hards may chortle, "Roy only won two cups with the Canadiens! We are using both skill and positive impact to decide who is deserving, surely an extra 4 Stanley Cups should bump him out of the picture"!
Take a look above. The positive impact of the 6 Stanley Cups Plante won have already been spread amongst three players, Richard, Beliveau, and Harvey. The same can be said for Dryden with respect to Gainey and Robinson. Point is, these goalies played on what were arguably 1A and 1B of the greatest NHL teams to ever hit the ice surface. Plante played with 6 future hall-of-famers in front of him, Dryden had 7. There are 17 sweaters hung in the rafters of the Bell Centre. Only 3 of those players honoured did not play on Dryden or Plante's team: Howie Morenz, Elmer Lach, and, you guessed it, Patrick Roy.
In 1986 and 1993 Roy put abnormally lackluster Canadiens' teams on his back marching and, at times, dragging them to the cup finals where he gently supported their heads while tilting the Cup towards their mouthes, allowing them to experience the sweet taste of victory so many Canadiens' players had tasted before. He was rightly awarded the Conn Smythe in each of these years.
And, really, c'mon, it's Patty! If you don't like the sounds of this, I'm sure Patty will lend you his two Cup rings to plug your ears with.
If you enjoyed this week's dream-team, check out last week's instalment of the Toronto Maple Leafs: http://www.lionsdenu.com/dream-team-the-toronto-maple-leafs/
The author, Eric Bombicino,also writes a daily blog on his hopeless and grueling attempt with an unnecessarily extreme work-out program. http://bombersp90xperiment.blogspot.com/