Patrick Roy's Jersey, the infamous No. 33, was just retired by the Montreal Canadiens (November 22, 2008).
The video presentation prior to the hanging of the jersey to the rafters was very well put together. Seeing some of those game-changing saves again gave me the chills—especially the moments that are identical to what we see Carey Price doing today.
The approximate seven-minute standing ovation was well deserved, and sent goose-bumps throughout my skin. Then of course, when Roy went up to the podium to say his speech, another mini-ovation was seen.
I was waiting for Roy to have tears rolling down his face—but not surprisingly, he held it together like he said he would. Not many people could be that strong during something so emotional!
Ever since the Canadiens mentioned that they would be retiring Roy's number, which was months ago, there has been much negative talk about the idea. I would not be surprised if the negativity will continue even after that beautiful ceremony.
It is no doubt that Roy broke the hearts of us Habs fans by his actions in 1995 when he left the net and then demanded to be traded. There are so many individuals that clearly still hold a major grudge against him for that event.
There are also those who hold a major grudge after the situation that his son Jonathan got into. Reading the TSN article on Roy's retirement is the proof that sadly, some people never learn to forgive.
On nights like that, everyone should remember the many amazing feats he accomplished in his 11 seasons with the Habs. Being a statistics fan, we can say that Roy won eight percent of Montreal's Stanley Cups. Most importantly, one of those was in 1993—which we all know is the last time the Habs won the Cup, period.
Consider the names of fellow Habs that Roy joins on the rafters. A person has to be truly amazing to join the greats such as Richard, Beliveau, and Dryden.
Roy broke so many records while playing for the Canadiens, whether it be fewest losses, most playoff games, All-Star game appearances or the longest undefeated streak. Let's not forget about his Conn Smythes, Vezinas, and Jennings trophies.
I could not be happier that the Montreal Canadiens organization realized that all of the good he had done for the team outweighed that one bad night. I am so proud of St. Patrick, and tonight's ceremony reminded me of just amazing he was.
I am also glad that I am just old enough to still faintly remember some of his games—especially the image of him picking up the 1993 Stanley Cup with that grin on his face.
Now we have no excuse to ever forget the memory of him, for every home game we see of the Habs we will recognize that No. 33 and be reminded of what an amazing team we cheer for. I do hope that someday all can forgive St. Patrick. Go Habs Go!
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