EDMONTON - It didn’t take long for Patrick Roy’s return to resonate throughout the NHL.
In his first game behind the Colorado Avalanche bench, Roy got into a verbal altercation with Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, which resulted in a fine.
Yet as a rookie head coach, the Hall of Famer felt it was important to show his players that he has their back.
“It was not only important to the players, but it was important to the fans,” Roy said prior to going up against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. “Our fans needed to know that this is our building and no one is going to come in here and push us around or even talk against us during the game.
“I thought it was important for myself to stand up. If I want to be a leader, then I have to lead. I thought that was important. I thought it was a lack of respect by them. It was a 6-0 game and their D went from his blue-line to our blue-line and kneed one of our best prospects. We cannot accept that.”