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Regarded as 1 of hockey’s greatest goaltenders of all-time, Patrick Roy was born October 5th, 1965, in Quebec City. He shares the same birthday as another hockey great, Mario Lemieux, who was born 200 km away in Montreal. Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 3rd round of the 1984 NHL Draft, Roy joined the Canadiens for the 1985/86 seasons as the team’s backup, and would win the starting job for the 1986 playoffs. Roy would go 15-5, with a sparking 1.95 GAA, leading the Canadiens to an unexpected Stanley Cup title, earning Roy the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Between the 1986/87 and 1991/92 seasons, Roy would earn 4 William M Jennings Trophies, given to the NHL goaltender who allowed the fewest goals against. Roy would also win the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender 3 times between between 1988/89 and 1991/91. Roy also backstopped the Canadiens to game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup Finals, but lost to the Calgary Flames. In the 1993 playoffs, Roy went 16-4 and had a GAA of 2.13, winning his 2nd Stanley Cup with the Canadiens and his 2nd Conn Smythe Trophy. Traded to the Colorado Avalanche midway through the 1995/96 season, Roy backstopped his new team to the 1996 Stanley Cup, defeating the Florida Panthers in 4 games. This saw Roy earn his 3rd career Stanley Cup ring. Roy would continue to provide solid goaltending to a deep Avalanche team that routinely went deep into the playoffs. In 2001 playoffs, Roy went 16-7, with a career best 1.70 GAA, as the Avalanche won their 2ndStanley Cup (Roy’s 4th) and saw Roy win his 3rd Conn Smythe Trophy, an NHL record. Roy would play 2 more seasons, retiring from playing after the 2002/03 season. In retirement, Roy became majority owner and head coach of the Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL, guiding the team to a Memorial Cup victory in 2006. Prior to the 2013/14 season, Roy returned to the Avalanche as the team’s head coach, a position he currently holds. In his first season as an NHL head coach, he guided an underdog Avalanche team to a 51-12-2 record, earning him the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year.