Habs great Patrick Roy returns to Montreal as Avs coach

Patrick Roy addresses the media in Montreal on March 17, 2014. (MARTIN CHEVALIER / LE JOURNAL DE...

Patrick Roy addresses the media in Montreal on March 17, 2014. (MARTIN CHEVALIER / LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL/QMI AGENCY)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:07 PM ET

These are St. Patrick’s Days in Montreal.

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t get much bigger in North America than it does in Montreal, a predominately French city which has a disproportionate number of Irish pubs.

Then there’s the return of former goaltending great Patrick Roy -- who went by the nickname St. Patrick when he helped the Habs to its last two Stanley Cups -- as he returns for the first time as an NHL coach.

Roy, a leading candidate to be the NHL’s coach of the year, has his young and surprisingly good Colorado Avalanche making the transition from a last-place team to one firmly in a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference. They take on the Canadiens Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

“He’s going to play it off like it’s not about him. That’s the type of guy he is,” Avalanche forward Matt Duchene said.

“It’s just another game. That’s how we’re all looking at it. He’s going to want to win because it’s in Montreal. All the French guys are going to want to win because it’s in Montreal. All the English guys are going to want to win because it’s in Montreal.

"It’s a special place to play.”


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