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Patrick Roy’s last Habs stand

The Story

Even the greatest professional athletes have bad days at work. For goaltender Patrick Roy, one of the worst days of his celebrated career - Dec. 2, 1995 - is also one of his last as a Montreal Canadien. Despite watching his starting goalie allow eight goals by the Detroit Red Wings, coach Mario Tremblay keeps Roy in net. With a ninth, at last he motions for Roy to come out so backup goalie Pat Jablonski can take over. In this clip, Roy fixes Tremblay with a cold, spiteful stare before moving on to inform Canadiens president Ronald Corey that he has just played his last game as a Canadien.

Medium: Television
Program: Hockey Night in Canada
Broadcast Date: Dec. 2, 1995
Duration: 2:22

Did You know?

• This was Detroit's last game in the Montreal Forum. Later that year, the Canadiens moved to a new arena, the Molson Centre (renamed the Bell Centre in 2002).


• The fans' derision of Roy's poor performance became so intense that, among much jeering, they sarcastically cheered him for a routine stop. He then raised in his hands in what the Globe and Mail called "a mocking victory salute."


• The Red Wings went on to win the game 11-1, tying the record for the most goals ever scored against the Canadiens in a single game. Three days later, Roy was traded to the Colorado Avalanche, winning a Stanley Cup championship with the team six months later.


• In a press conference the next day, reporters asked Tremblay if he had brought on Roy's decision by leaving him in net for nine goals. "Maybe I could have asked him to come over to the bench after seven goals," he said. "But two goals are not going to make the difference in a career."


• The Montreal Canadiens retired Roy's jersey, Number 33, in November 2008.



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