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Throwback Thursday: Patrick Roy Is Caught Hotdogging

Throwback Thursday: Patrick Roy Is Caught Hotdogging

Patrick Roy’s NHL career is as illustrious as it gets. The four-time Stanley Cup winner is heralded by many as the greatest goaltender of all time, but for now, it’s time to focus on one of his not-so-incredible moments.

During the 2002 playoffs, the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche were involved in an extremely tight series with their rival, the Detroit Red Wings. In game six, with the Avalanche leading 3 games to 2, Roy was forced to make a serious of fantastic saves in the final minute of the first period. Thinking the final shot of the sequence landed in his glove, Roy lifted it into the air to signal that he had the puck.

There was only one problem. He didn’t have the puck.



The blunder would prove to be costly, as the Red Wings went on to win the game by a score of 2-0 on the strength of Shanahan’s game-winning goal. The series would end for the Avalanche with an embarrassing 7-0 loss in game seven. In the Stanley Cup final, the Red Wings would be crowned as the new champions.

While Roy did not make many glaring mistakes during his career, this showboating move stands out as easily one of his biggest. Roy would go on to play only one more season in his NHL career, ending with a first-round knockout in the 2003 playoffs at the hands of the Minnesota Wild.

Luckily for Roy, he’s much more likely to be remembered for his hall-of-fame career and not this one embarrassing moment. This is a perfect example to show that even great ones make mistakes.

Watch a clip of the entire play below:

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.