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Should the Canadiens honour Roy?
Thu, March 27, 2008

Following the now infamous hockey brawl involving his son, Jonathan Roy, should the Montreal Canadiens honour Patrick Roy?

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I wouldn't be surprised if Montreal honoured Doug Wickenheiser - they seem to overdo it a bit.
gordholio, 2008-03-31 01:51:48

I don't think the Canadiens should retire Roy's number. He'll get his deserved due for his playing career in the hockey stat and history books, and he's already in the Hockey Hall of Fame (2006). So he's gotten his reward for his playing record, as he should.

But I think a team retiring someone's jersey/number is in a different kind of a category, or at least should be. It's showing an overall respect for not only a player's individual record but also the 'overall' kind of team player and person he was.

Roy has often shown disrespect for the Habs and hockey in general, and left the team (and the game) under a cloud. He is no 'role model' for other players in any way. So why show such a level of respect to him by retiring his jersey?
Jeff, 2008-03-30 17:43:43

Give the man his due!He was one of the best who ever played between the pipes.What has happened since he retired or might happen in the future should have nothing to do with honoring him for what he accomplished as a Hab.It's his fiery competitive personality that made him so good on the ice and so controversial behind the bench.You can't change who he is or what he accomplished!
Johnny, 2008-03-30 13:39:13

It seems to me that for as important a decision for retiring a sweater, it surely has to be something beyond an acknowledgment of talent. It's also a testament of mutuality between the organization and that individual. Isn't there something clearly lacking here in Roy's instance?
mel, 2008-03-29 15:18:46

NO, they should not honour him. He does not belong among great hockey players on and off the ice like Beliveau, Richard x 2, Savard, Harvey...It was a classless act by both Roy's. Obviously the other goalie knew his role on the team (beeing # 1 goalie in the Q ) and the other (Roy) with a 3-10 record and 3.96 GAA tryed to sucker him in a suspension. Long time Hab fan says NO NO to Roy BEEING HONOURED. WITHOUT CLASS NO HONOUR.
Norm, 2008-03-29 13:14:16

You need more than skill to warrant a number retirement. Roy just doesn't cut it in the role model area!
Lorne, 2008-03-29 11:54:02

NO WAY....and it has nothing to with the events of the past week...ironically we just recently witnessed the number retirement of Bob Gainey not the greatest player ever but when it came to TEAM he was all about it.....Patty Roy was all about Patty Roy.... even though he was one of the greatest Hab goalies ever, all I can picture is him looking up at his defenseman everytime he let a goal in and no matter what any one says he quit on the Habs when his ego got hurt, they ( the Habs ) didn't let him go......why honour someone who quit on you?
Roger N., 2008-03-29 11:34:27

There is no question that Roy was an excellent goaltender.However, given his verbal abuse of Senator Molson in public because he (Roy) had a bad game and his antics of late, the Canadiens should retire his number but in disgrace not as a platitude.
Ted Carter, 2008-03-29 11:31:30

I am not a Canadians fan; never have been but over the years I have come to respect the organization highly. After watching Roy's melt down at the forum a few years back that should decided the question. He disgraced the organization and I would hope that the Canadians maintain their class act and take a pass on this foolish idea!
Lorne, 2008-03-29 11:29:15

Patrick the crying baby and Jonathan the ??? should both be honoured with a swift kick in the behind.
Jean-Marie, 2008-03-29 11:27:19

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