Patrick and Mario, 15 years later

YVAN MARTINEAU, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:56 PM ET

MONTREAL - Fifteen years ago to the day, hockey fans were watching one of the least inspired games ever played in the Montreal Forum.

The Canadiens were getting a serious beating from the Detroit Red Wings, eventually losing the match 11-1.

But a feeling of desperation switched to astonishment when goalie Patrick Roy was finally pulled from nets and quit the team in a huff.

Viewers were stunned on that Dec. 2 night in 1995. And no Habs fan has forgotten it, even if they try and forget.

Rejean Houle had been appointment Habs general manager just two months earlier.

"I was sitting in front of the fireplace, preparing the Christmas tree for my grandchildren," he recalled. "I try not to think about that night." Houle considers that moment in history over and insists there are no hard feeling between him and Roy.

"When I see Patrick, there's no animosity. He and my son are rival coaches in Quebec's major junior hockey league and he's always polite." Let's recall the sequence of events.

After a simple stop, when the team was down 7-1 against the Red Wings, Roy lifted his arms to fans as they cheered.

But despite the adoration from fans, he was waiting for Mario Tremblay to pull him from nets, like bench bosses do when goalies are letting in too many pucks.

Tremblay left him in the lurch for two more goals and the team was down 9-1.

By the time he was called off the ice, the goalie was furious and told Canadiens president Ronald Corey he'd never wear the Habs uniform again.

Within four days, the netminder was traded to the Colorado Avalanche.

Still, Roy seems to have forgiven the team over time. He returned to Montreal in 2008 when his number 33 jerseys was lifted to the rafters in Montreal's Bell Centre.


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