Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else Hardcover – Sep 23 2008
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From the Back Cover
WINNING. NOTHING ELSE.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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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The book was in great shape, The order came quickly.
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.