Patrick Roy Addresses the Media for the First Time Since Joining the Islanders

Aaron Itovitch
January 21, 2024  (10:56)

New York Islanders head coach Patrick Roy
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Yesterday afternoon, a completely unexpected piece of news shook the world of hockey!

Indeed, to the great surprise of Quebec fans, the New York Islanders officially announced that former Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy would replace Lane Lambert as head coach, confirming the grand return of the famous number 33 to the NHL.
Moreover, a few hours after his hiring, Roy addressed the media for the first time, mentioning that he already wanted to make several changes within his new team.
"I'm very excited. I won't lie. I mean, yes, I have ideas and changes I'd like to make. But if you allow me, I'll talk to the players before speaking to the journalists." - Patrick Roy

He also added that he greatly appreciated his conversation with Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello, indicating that he simply could not refuse such an opportunity.
"I loved my conversation with Lou Lamoriello. It was impossible for me to turn down this experience." - Patrick Roy

Sometimes criticized for the way his association with the Colorado Avalanche abruptly ended in 2016, the former star goaltender of the Montreal Canadiens admitted that he had learned valuable lessons from it, which would make him a better head coach in his new role.
According to his remarks, his recent years in the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) helped him better understand the "game today," acknowledging that the reality was much different from his time when he would put on his goaltender equipment and step onto the ice.
"When I left Colorado, I thought the phone would ring sooner, but it didn't, and I realized that the way I left Colorado was probably not the best way to do things.

But I'm proud to have taken the time to return to junior hockey, work with these guys, learn, refresh myself in the game, and make sure I stay up to date with this different culture because today's player is different from what he was in my time, and he has changed, and you have to adapt to the younger ones.

So I'm very happy to have done that. And I'm very happy to have received this call." - Patrick Roy

Clearly, Patrick Roy's second stint in junior ranks has given him the opportunity to gain experience and maturity, qualities that, in our opinion, will greatly benefit him with the Islanders.
Furthermore, in his very first interview, the new head coach was very clear about his intentions. He is in playoff mode and wants to do everything to make it to the spring dance. He also revealed that he wanted to reignite the passion and enthusiasm of the fans towards the organization, so that the players can count on unconditional support for the final stretch of the season.
One thing's for sure, we are looking forward to seeing Patrick Roy's first steps with his new team. Moreover, as life sometimes works out well, Quebec fans will have the opportunity to see him in action this Thursday evening when the Islanders visit the Bell Centre.
It promises to be exciting!

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