Patrick Roy keeps mum on who Avalanche will take No. 1

Patrick Roy was announced as coach and vice-president of hockey operations of the Colorado...

Patrick Roy was announced as coach and vice-president of hockey operations of the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. (Nish Nalbandian/QMI AGency)

Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency

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The concept of “political correctness” is not normally in Patrick Roy’s vocabulary.

This is the same Patrick Roy who once mockingly winked at Tomas Sandstrom during the 1993 Stanley Cup final after making a huge save off the Los Angeles Kings forward.

This is the same Patrick Roy who, on Dec. 2, 1995, stormed off the ice after being hung out to dry for nine goals by then-Canadiens coach Mario Tremblay and told team president Ronald Corey he would never play for the Habs again.

That’s why it was so interesting on Tuesday to hear the normally outspoken Hall of Fame goalie refuse to commit one way or the other as to who his Colorado Avalanche might pluck with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL draft.

Speaking at a news conference in Denver introducing him as the Avs’ new coach and VP of hockey operations, Roy was asked about the top three prospects available: Portland defenceman Seth Jones and Halifax forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin.


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