New York Islanders head coach Patrick Roy with captain Anders Lee and forward Bo Horvat
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Patrick Roy Officially Forcing His Players to Follow Polarizing Rule

Published January 30, 2024 at 7:15

Certainly, the hiring of Patrick Roy as head coach of the New York Islanders made waves across the NHL last week. Moreover, the former Quebec Remparts coach has just implemented a new rule within his team, and it's causing quite a stir.

Patrick Roy Lays Down the Law with the Islanders

Indeed, the new coach systematically refuses to allow his players to do overtime after practices. He aims to bring a new culture to the organization by uniting his locker room. This strategy is intended to have players leave the ice together to strengthen team spirit.

Personally, this is the first time I've heard of such a rule in the NHL. I can understand the idea behind this new rule, but it seems rather strange to see him prohibit his players from working on certain aspects of their game to improve their performance on the ice.

"Among the habits he's trying to change, he's implemented a new rule: no more lingering on the ice for extra exercises after practice. From now on, everyone leaves together, which reinforces the team's spirit." Via Samuel Doiron

On the contrary, the head coach of the Islanders should be happy to see his players going the extra mile to become better hockey players. This initiative, usually common in the NHL, is often praised by journalists when a player continues training alone to improve weaknesses in his game.

Clearly, Patrick Roy is ready to do everything to impose his law and expertise to help his team succeed.

"Roy also demands that all players now leave together after practices!" - Stefen Rosner

Let's just say that this new rule has not only gained followers, as many fans have criticized the decision taken by the head coach of the Islanders. Let's hope this strategy proves wise!

Certainly, it's very encouraging to see how determined Casseau is to establish a new structure in his team, especially since he only claims one victory in his first four games at the helm of the New York team.

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Patrick Roy Officially Forcing His Players to Follow Polarizing Rule

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