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Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else Hardcover – Sep 23 2008

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Sept. 23 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470156163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470156162
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 898 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #587,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the early 1970s, a young Patrick Roy laced up his hockey skates for the very first time, like thousands of other kids. Thirty years later, he stands as one of the winningest goaltenders of all time. His indomitable will to win and his focus on being the very best brought him four Stanley Cups, three Conn Smythe trophies, three Vézina trophies, and many more individual honors. An incredible hockey talent who was instrumental in changing the very art of goaltending, Roy's success was driven as much by determination and perseverance as by talent.

Patrick Roy: Winning. Nothing Else. brings to life Patrick Roy's phenomenal career, and unmasks his more mysterious personal side. Michel Roy, the father of this great sports legend, reveals what makes Patrick tick, taking us behind the scenes and into the family life of one of the greatest goaltenders of all time: his will to win; the art of protecting the goal; how he revolutionized goaltending by helping to develop and popularize the butterfly style; his role models and inspiration; his relationships with teachers, teammates, and the media, as well as with coaches, agents and other players.

The author holds nothing back as he reveals with drama, tension, and emotion, the blunders, faults and difficulties of the famous goalie, including the heartbreaking move away from Montreal that nearly broke Patrick Roy's spirit. Patrick Roy reveals the man behind the mask-the hopes and disappointments, triumphs and failures, and the all too human side of a man whom many consider the greatest goaltender in the history of hockey.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born in Québec City in 1942, Michel Roy had a distinguished career with the Québec Government until 1996, holding several senior management positions over 26 years, including Deputy Minister of Tourism, Deputy Minister of Communications, and the Québec Government's Representative in Chicago for twelve Midwest states. He is also an accomplished jazz musician and composer, and is currently Chair of Telefilm Canada.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Being a lifelong Habs fan, this was my guy. Of course, there's been so many in Habs lore like LaFleur, Richard, Beliveau and so many more. All those names were just legends that I never had a chance to see. Roy captured our hearts and imaginations in 1986.

This book was truly a treat with the insight on how Roy's technique changed the faced of goaltending forever and especially his love and respect for the game. His first training with the Canadiens, his cups in Montreal and his departure are covered plus his career in Colorado are only some of the subjects mentioned in this book.

His perseverance is the message that retained the most from this book. A great read for Habs/Avs fans and hockey fans alike.
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great book, a must read
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The real story
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good History of a Legend April 1 2015
By KSterl - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book. Provides a good overview of hockey. The insights into goaltending history was interesting. The stories were fun even if somewhat influenced by a fathers pride. If you like hockey you'll enjoy the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hockey Reading at Christmas, tis no better Season Dec 28 2008
By Matthew Morine - Published on Amazon.com
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If most people do not know yet, I typically read a hockey book for the holiday season. This year the book was read in Edmond, OK and not in Nova Scotia (but was read in honor of moving to Colorado). It was a little different atmosphere for the read. Most of my readers do not know much about hockey, but Patrick was one of the best goalies ever in the NHL. He was a legend as well as a controversial player because of his style, passion, and winning attitude. He played hockey for the first part of his career in Montreal which is a hot bed of hockey passion and intensity. He later was traded to Colorado where he played on two Stanley Cup winning teams. The book is written by his father which makes it a little bias on the views of the events. Typically the father takes the positive outlook on his son, and really who can blame him. The book is a lovely read because it brings me back to my childhood in Canada. As I read, I remember the events. The book provides some insider looks on the feelings, the passion to win, and what really made Patrick great all those years. By the end of the book, Patrick was an enduring figure in my life. It inspired me to "Win, nothing else."
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a "must have" for any hockey fan. You won't be disappointed. April 29 2009
By P.Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else. This book is awesome and a must have for any hockey fan. I found it so interesting that I couldn't put it down. It was nice to get an insight to the man behind the mask. It is well written and I would strongly encourage you to get this book. You definitely will not be disappointed. sk
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else April 13 2009
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Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else
The book was in great shape, The order came quickly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A father's view of his son, the goalie Dec 15 2013
By WDX2BB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sometimes books center around trade-offs.

For example, "Patrick Roy."

The author of the book is Michael Roy, and it's not a coincidence that the two last names match. Michael is the father of Patrick, one of the greatest goalies in hockey history.

Michael is going to be privy to all sorts of information about his son that few others know about. That's particularly true, naturally, when it comes to his childhood.

It's also going to be one-sided in terms of criticism. Would you expect your father to be any different? Of course not. So it's easy to guess what you are getting in this biography.

Roy's story is fairly well known in hockey circles. After growing up in the Quebec area, he worked his way up the hockey ladder -- mostly by playing on some really bad teams. There's nothing like facing shot after shot with little chance of winning. But he received his reward when he was drafted in the third round by the Montreal Canadiens. In hindsight, that's one of the all-time great steals in draft history.

From there, Roy came to the NHL for keeps in the 1985-86 season and essentially helped the Canadiens steal a Stanley Cup in his rookie season. It was much the same in 1993, when Montreal came out of nowhere to win again. Roy maintained that high standard for the rest of his career.

Roy's playing career did have the proverbial second act from there. After a publicized fight with his coach in Montreal, Roy was traded to the Colorado Avalanche. There, all Roy did was win two more Stanley Cups and set an NHL record for regular season wins.

It's often fun to read an "inside" account of a superstar's life -- what he goes through from day to day, what big games were like, etc. Roy also gives lots of details about the trade to Colorado, and tells about the loss by Team Canada in the 1998 Olympics in Nagano.

The book was first written in French, and Charles Phillips does some good work in the translation department. There are some French phrases that go untranslated, as well as long portions of Patrick's Hall of Fame acceptance speech. No big deal. It would have been nice to catch words like Buffalo Sabers instead of Sabres or Mark Crawford instead of Marc, but it's tough to know where the fault lies there.

All of the patting of Patrick's back does get a little tiring after a while. There's one other problem with the book: its length. This checks in at 500 pages or so, and that's a great deal of detail. It takes until page 117 just for him to get drafted.

It's always nice to get Roy's side of the story down on paper, just like it is about any superstar. But a book like this is usually loved only by those who love the subject. You can tell by some of the reviews here that some of his many fans checked in here. "Patrick Roy" is part of the puzzle, but just a part of it. Maybe someday we'll learn more when a second book comes out about his coaching days, including his time with the Avalanche now.