Coach Patrick Roy can't help but be noticed

Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy on his bench during a pre-season game. (Ron Chenoy/USA...

Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy on his bench during a pre-season game. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:39 PM ET

TORONTO - The last thing Patrick Roy wants is to be noticed — and, seemingly, it is the one thing he can’t stop being.

It is who and what he is, what he can’t run away from, the outlier coach and hockey personality, the almost greatest goalie ever, the Hall of Fame superstar with the Stanley Cup rings in his ears, two games and more headlines than that into his newest NHL career.

He is running against the wind: The only place he knows where to run. And, for now, two games in, he is undefeated and still champion.

He is a goalie coaching in the NHL, which is as unusual as he is. Roy doesn’t conveniently fit any single stereotype. Goalies don’t usually coach, but he doesn’t care. Gerry Cheevers tried it for a while. Didn’t work out so well. Ed Johnston had brief stints coaching bad teams. Glen Hanlon is still trying to make it as a big-time coach, but now that’s outside the NHL. Ron Low had a better run as coach than he did as goalie.


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