Patrick Roy's Number to Be Retired in Montreal

Francois GendronSenior Writer ISeptember 12, 2008

At a press conference Thursday at the Bell Centre, the Montreal Canadiens announced that the No. 33 worn by the legendary goaltender Patrick Roy will be retired by the team.

Before a match with the Boston Bruins on Nov. 22, the Hall of Famer will see his famous No. 33 join the other retired numbers of legends like Maurice Richard, Howie Morenz, and Jean Beliveau.

Team owner George Gillett and the team president Pierre Boivin said that they were thrilled to bring Roy back to the great family of the Montreal Canadiens.

The team's last two Stanley Cups in 1986 and 1993 were, in a large part, due to the exceptional talent of Roy in net. Roy was able to win hockey games by himself. He holds or shares at least 20 team records and as many league records.

To this date, Patrick Roy is also the goaltender with the most career wins in the league. His record of 10 consecutive overtime wins during the 1993 playoffs should not ever be broken.

After being traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 1995, Patrick Roy added two Stanley Cup championships to his record and saw his number retired by the Avalanche in 2003.

When asked about his thoughts on this upcoming ceremony, Roy said that it has a special meaning for him.

''This is where it all began. I am proud of my 10 years in Montreal. It is where I learned to be a winner,'' Roy said.

Roy also thanked Serge Savard, the club's ex-general manager, for giving him his first chance in the NHL.

The ceremony promises to be very emotional and the crowd gathered at the Bell Centre on Nov. 22 are in for a historic night.