Patrick Roy, the NHL’s all-time winningest goalie and a four-time Stanley Cup Champion, has apparently decided to hang up his skates.
The Boulder Daily Camera and K-USA TV in Denver report that the 37-year-old Colorado Avalanche netminder will make an official announcement on Wednesday. Other sources say Roy’s retirement could be revealed as early as Tuesday.
Roy has 551 career victories and has won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs three times. He also won the Vezina Trophy for most outstanding goaltender three times. Roy spent the first ten years of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche in the middle of his eleventh season. He remained in Colorado for the final seven years of his career.
Colorado was upset in the first round of the playoffs this year by the Minnesota Wild, who went on a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals before being swept by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Roy had previously stated that he would announce his plans for the future at the conclusion of the postseason. Last week the Associated Press reported that he was 90% sure about his decision.
“I think it’s important when you’ve played for 18 years, you have to take your time, you have to be patient and you have to make sure it’s the right decision,” Roy said.