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Hunger puts Roy in Hall

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Patrick Roy would be "honoured" if offered the opportunity to coach Team Canada at the 2008 world junior championship in the Czech Republic or the 2009 event in Ottawa.

Given his track record of winning every where he goes, maybe Hockey Canada officials would be wise to give him a call.

More than any other aspect of his illustrious career, it was Roy's constant hunger to finish on top that separated him from the pack.

He won two Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, then captured another pair with the Colorado Avalanche. If that wasn't enough, he led the Quebec Remparts to a Memorial Cup last season in his first year as a junior hockey head coach.

It seems almost everything St. Patrick touches turns to victories.

"To be honest with you, I felt better coming home with a 7-5 win than a 2-1 loss," Roy, 41, said yesterday as he prepared for his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. "No matter how well you play, it didn't matter to me unless you won. I always thought winning wasn't everything; it was the only thing."

Some might consider such words to be brash.

With Roy, it's just pure confidence. He always thought he was the best, and he played that way.

Nowhere was this more evident than in Los Angeles during the 1993 Stanley Cup final between the Kings and Roy's Habs, when a swaggering Roy winked at the Kings' Tomas Sandstrom.

Roy backstopped the Canadiens to 10 consecutive overtime victories en route to the Cup that year.

Unlike the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, which shows the honoured player wearing the cap of one team on his plaque, the Hockey Hall of Fame inductee isn't eternally associated with only one team. Roy is thankful that he doesn't have to pick between the Habs and Avs.

"Fortunately I don't have to make that decision," he said. "It wouldn't be fair either."

Roy, the NHL's career winningest goalie, officially will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday along with former Leaf Dick Duff, Calgary Flames owner Harley Hotchkiss and the late Herb Brooks, who guided the American Olympic team to the 1980 "Miracle on Ice."

Prior to those festivities, former Toronto Sun sports editor Scott Morrison and Peter Maher, the long-time voice of the Calgary Flames, will be honoured at a luncheon presentation on Monday.

Morrison will receive the 2006 Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for his career of distinguished hockey writing while Maher will be presented with the 2006 Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his excellence in hockey broadcasting.

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HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES FOR 2006

PATRICK ROY, GOALTENDER

Montreal Canadiens (1984-96)

Colorado Avalanche (1996-2003)

THE SKINNY: Native of Quebec City ... Career goaltending leader in regular-season victories (551); regular-season games (1,029); playoff victories (151); and shutouts (23) ... Captured four Stanley Cups -- two with the Canadiens (1986, 1993), two with the Avs (1996, 2001) ... Won three Conn Smythe trophies as playoff MVP (1986, 1993, 1996) ... Awarded three Vezina trophies as NHL's top goaltender (1989, 1990, 1992) ... After retiring from NHL, coached the Quebec league's Quebec Remparts to 2006 Memorial Cup title.

DICK DUFF, FORWARD

Toronto Maple Leafs (1954-64)

New York Rangers (1964-65)

Montreal Canadiens (1965-70)

Los Angeles Kings (1970-71)

Buffalo Sabres (1971-72)

THE SKINNY: Native of Kirkland Lake, Ont. ... Had three consecutive 25-plus goal seasons with Leafs from 1956-59 ... Scored Stanley Cup winner versus Blackhawks in 1962 ... Set playoff record by scoring two goals in the first 1:08 of Stanley Cup final opener on April 9, 1963. Leafs would go on to repeat as champions ... Won four more Cups with the Canadiens (1965, 66, 68, 69) ... Played in seven all-star games.

HERB BROOKS, BUILDER

Longtime coach

THE SKINNY: Native of St. Paul, Minn. ... Died in auto accident on Aug. 11, 2003 ... Best known for 1980 "Miracle on Ice" when he led the underdog Americans to the gold medal at the Winter Olympics ... Brooks and his team were awarded Lester Patrick Trophy for contributions to American hockey in 1980 ... Brooks won same honour in 2002 ... Inducted into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990 and International Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999 ... Won three NCAA titles as coach of Minnesota Golden Gophers ... NHL coaching stints included Rangers, Penguins, Devils and North Stars.

HARLEY HOTCHKISS, BUILDER

Member, ownership group, Calgary Flames

THE SKINNY: Native of Tillsonburg, Ont. ... Part of group that purchased the Flames franchise in 1980 ... Instrumental in overseeing the construction of the Pengrowth Saddledome ... Help celebrate Flames Cup victory in 1989 ... Contributed significantly to creation of International Hockey Centre of Excellence for Hockey Canada ... Serves as NHL governor for Flames; sits on board of Hockey Hall of Fame; and is the long-serving chairman of the NHL's board of governors.


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