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Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else ☆ Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else PDF / Epub ✩ Author Michel Roy – The bestselling bio of NHL Hall of Famer Patrick Roy now in a new English language edition Published in Canada in November 2007 the French language version of this book Le Guerrier became an instant h The bestselling bio of NHL Hall of Famer Winning, Nothing Kindle Ö Patrick Roy now in a new English language edition Published in Canada in November the French language version of this book Le Guerrier became Patrick Roy: ePUB í an instant hit uickly selling out its first print run For fans of Patrick Roy the legendary NHL goalie the book provided the first truly intimate no holds barred look at the early life Roy: Winning, Nothing MOBI ó and meteoric rise of their hero told from a uniue perspective his father's Written by Michel Roy himself an impassioned hockey fan Patrick Roy offers keen insights on Patrick's indomitable will to win how he revolutionized goaltending and popularized the butterfly style as well as his faults and difficulties including the heartbreaking move from Montreal that nearly broke his spirit Michel Roy Knowlton C Canada is an author and Chair of Telefilm Canada He is a former film editor was Deputy Minister of Tourism for uebec and has recently produced two jazz albums.

10 thoughts on “Patrick Roy: Winning, Nothing Else

  1. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    As a Denver resident and avid Colorado Avalanche hockey fan I have been lucky to watch Patrick Roy in action as the goaltender for the team and now have had the opportunity to see him as the head coach for the Colorado Avalanche When I saw a listing for this book I jumped at the chance to read itMichel Roy has written an unbiased and intimate biography of his son Patrick Roy whom many people regard as the best goaltender to ever play the game of hockeyMichel details Patrick’s career starting with his first experience in hockey in a uebec City mosuito league his ten year career with the Montreal Canadiens his eight year career with the Colorado Avalanche to his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto after his retirement Patrick’s career included many very successful moments but it also included some disappointing and frustrating moments as well Patrick never sought fame or money He played the game for the love of the sport His hard work perseverance determination and self confidence are the attributes which set him apart from other players It was interesting to learn about the way goaltenders used to play and then learn about the ways in which Patrick Roy under the tutelage of his goalie coach Francois Allaire changed the art of goaltending Their contributions to both the techniue of goaltending as well as to the euipment now worn by NHL goalies was revolutionaryAnyone interested in the sport of hockey would enjoy this well written heartfelt biography

  2. Caroline Caroline says:

    It may have taken me almost 5 months to finish but finish I did I found this biography fascinating Perhaps I am biased as a diehard Colorado Avalanche fan but reading about the evolution of goaltending and hockey in general in a relatively short period of time would be interesting for any hockey fan Roy's role in the dramatic change in position style and even euipment for goaltenders from the 80s to the present in addition to garnering respect and higher salaries for these mostly under appreciated and overlooked athletes was truly remarkable Through the skepticism negative reviews and reactions from fans and media alike Roy was able to keep his eye on the prize and become one of the greatest sports figures of our generation and arguably the greatest goaltender of all time The beginning was a little slow with Roy's father's descriptions of uebec and the like but I encourage readers to stick with it as it really was an interesting read

  3. Miguel Galy Miguel Galy says:

    One of my favourite hockey players Unfortunately not one of my favourite reads Written by his father who seemed to write about himself half the time A little disappointing but some interesting parts none the less

  4. Scott Holstad Scott Holstad says:

    There are some who consider Patrick Roy to be the best goaltender in the history of the NHL I’m not one of them But I do think he’s one of the best and perhaps the best if you go by some statistics For instance Roy played in games than any other goalie in history He won playoff games than any other goalie in history not even close He won four Stanley Cups and three Vezina Trophies All really good statistics But he played from 1984 to 2003 19 years And while he was named to 11 All Star teams why not 15 16 or 17 he was named First Team All Star only four times and Second Team All Star only twice I think that’s pretty telling And even though three Vezina Trophies for best goalie in the league is pretty impressive are you telling me that the best goalie in HISTORY could only win three in NINETEEN years and he’s still the greatest ever No I don’t believe it Even though this book sings his praises and apparently so do many other people evidently not enough of his peers and NHL management thought highly enough of him to honor him while he played so that says a lot to me And even though both Montreal and Colorado retired his jersey after he played for both teams and even though he made the Hall of Fame I consider him to be merely one of the greatest goalies ever although I hesitate to say who’s the best Perhaps I would put him up with Billy Smith and Ken Dryden among others Grant Fuhr to a far lesser degree Some of the older goalies from previous eras too no doubtThe main problem with this book is it’s written by his father who is a uebec government official not a sports writer or journalist and certainly not objective And to make matters irritating the first part of the book seems intent upon describing the author’s own life and career rather than Patrick’s boyhood and beginnings It’s rather hubristic Eventually though Michel Roy settles down and starts telling Patrick’s story and it’s startling grim to start out with His entire minor league career is ugly He plays on horrible junior hockey teams just wretched And one thing I never understood is while he was apparently decent the few times his father listed his junior numbers they weren’t that good which his father attributed to his teammates’ ineptitude rather than his son’s and so I never understood why Patrick went on to become considered the top junior goalie in the league at some point His numbers sure didn’t reflect that and he sure never led his teams to winning seasons Weird Usually winners hoist their teams on their backs and lead their teams to winning seasons Not RoyFinally he got invited to Montreal’s camp He barely spoke English and had to play mostly in non uebec cities for the first time It was difficult He didn’t last and was sent back down but the following year was back His real rookie year in 1985 86 was good but not great But when Montreal made the playoffs something happened and he caught fire and never stopped He led the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup win and was named MVP of the series which was pretty awesome for a rookie And so it began He had a series of difficulties with coaches in Montreal During his first few seasons for some reason he was forced to share goaltending duties with another goalie which was pretty humiliating considering he was much better There was a possible reason In the juniors he had hooked up with this young new untraditional goalie coach who had helped him develop a new “butterfly” techniue of goaltending which the NHL had rarely seen and detested His style was frowned upon and he was actually punished by numerous coaches for using his own style no matter how effective it was It wasn’t until he had established himself with a new coach in Montreal and with this goalie coach that his career took off and he started winning lots of games and he started getting career lows in goals against averages His second year was a down year but then he came back and established himself His general manager was always messing with the team though trading good players to get new players messing with the chemistry It was tough to repeat as Stanley Cup champions with that going on Nonetheless Roy won Vezina Trophies in 1989 1990 and 1992 And he led Montreal to another Stanley Cup victory in 1993 However the team and even some fans began to get somewhat disenchanted with Roy by then for reasons I never entirely understood He was making too much money and was standing up to a new asshole coach Big deal So they did the unthinkable and traded him to Colorado in 1995 their old uebec Nordiues nemesis recently moved to the Rockies Roy would have to start all over againBy this time Roy was married and had a couple of kids One of my complaints about this book is his father mentions the fact that Patrick meets a pretty woman and starts seeing her Later surprise they get married Later they apparently reproduce The only time we actually see her at all is when they have a massive public fight on their front lawn in Colorado which I thought was going to end their marriage but which evidently did not In fact Michel Roy didn’t delve very much into Patrick’s inner being and psyche very much at all other than to assert that he wanted to play and win than anything and anyone else at all Over and over again he beats that into your head It gets pretty repetitive Whatever the case Roy adapts to Colorado pretty uickly His coach is his old agent in uebec He leads the team to a Stanley Cup win his first season there and becomes a huge celebrity in that state according to his father bigger than any other athlete in the history of Denver or Colorado including John Elway which I personally find ridiculous and impossible to believe Utterly impossible Roy kept putting up good numbers and Colorado eventually traded for aging superstar Raymond Bourue who would likely be a Hall of Famer but had never won a Stanley Cup The team decided to dedicate themselves to winning one for him for some reason and Roy made it his obsession And they did in Bourue’s last year 2001 when Roy won his third Conn Smythe award for playoff MVP while winning his fourth Stanley Cup He then retired in 2003 After his retirement he got involved in coaching junior hockey in uebec and is now the coach of the Colorado Avalanche his old teamThis isn’t a bad book At times it’s fairly interesting But I’ve read many better sports bios as I’ve read a lot of them and I’ve read better hockey bios As I mentioned I don’t think it helped that Patrick’s father wrote this He really should have had an unrelated professional write this It would have been objective and written better with and better information about the man himself I’m guessing Still if you’re a fan of Roy you’ll probably like it If you’re a fan of Montreal or Colorado you’ll probably like it Even if you’re simply a hockey fan it’s possible you’ll probably like it to some degree like me Otherwise I’d probably avoid it Cautiously recommended but obviously only for hockey fans No point in reading it otherwise

  5. Darryl Diamond Darryl Diamond says:

    As fast as the game of NHL hockey is this is a high paced word for word read The style of writing is first I've read where a father tells the story of his successful championship level play son is Its a great read for a fan of the game a fan of goalies and of the two franchises This is a great book imho

  6. Jeff Jeff says:

    Be very very careful when a biography is written by a family member It's one thing if a child or descendant writes the book as they will at least conduct some research to dig into the events occurring before their birth or before they obtained an adult understanding of those events However when the biography is written by a parent as is the case here a very different result often emergesMichel Roy undoubtedly had the best of intentions when he sat down to document his son's life to date However he falls prey to the irresistable temptation to impose himself upon the reader rather than step back and allow inferences to be drawn In the early parts of the book we learn much about Michel his activities intentions feelings and motivations but not nearly that much depth about Patrick Indeed the early portions of the book encompassing Patrick's rise through the junior ranks reads like the father's biography than the son'sRoy hits his stride a bit as Patrick becomes a professional likely because his own role simultaneously developed A high level image of Patrick as a competitor comes through clearly and some fascinating details emerge about the Canadiens' organization and the intrigues behind the scenes There are some particularly funny anecdotes such as Roy being dispatched by road roommate Adam Foote to buy Foote some underwear Roy's trade to Colorado is handled deftlyUltimately however the book skates across a thin surface largely documenting what Patrick Roy did but not who Patrick Roy is We hear precious little about his wife children friends interests away from the game etc There is a distance and superficiality here that leaves the reader unfulfilled despite the heft of the volume itself So while the book covers the essentials of the career we come away with little about the man himself and that was disappointing

  7. Steve Steve says:

    Somehow the review I provided yesterday never made it online Let's try againThis was a very enjoyable read about one the best goaltenders in the NHL As a Washington Capitals fan you hated to see Patrick Roy at the other end of the ice because it usually meant a win for the Habs or the Avs The book is an excellent look into how Roy struggled through losing youth and junior teams even though his own efforts caught the eyes of NHL scouts It portrayed Roy's intense work ethic his team before self attitude and the joys and pains of playing in the NHLThese swings include his two Stanley Cups at Montreal his humiliation by Mario Trembley and the Habs that lead to his trade to Colorado and the adjustments he made in helping the Avs formerly his hometown uebec Nordiues to two Cups the last one for NHL great Raymond BourueBecause the book was written by his father Michel there are a lot of personal bias portrayed in the text This is especially obvious in Roy's struggles to earn slots on top uebec junior suads the Canadian National Team and the exile of Roy from the Habs to the Avs I think a little balance from additional sources might have brought perspective even though Michel Roy didn't sugarcoat the contents as a proud father of a Hall of Fame player It might have been interesting to see the Canadiens' Management provide a little perspective and input as to why they embarrassed and abandoned Roythen again the Habs probably wonuld not have participated actively in this publicationsThat said I thought the book was well done and I am very glad the book was translated into English so that most American hockey fans could see and read this biography of one Hall of Fame goaltender

  8. Jim C Jim C says:

    Actual rating is 35 starsThis book is a biography of what some people consider hockey's greatest goaltender It is written by his fatherI wanted to love this book as I have been a fan of Patrick Roy since his days of playing with the Montreal Canadiens and judging by my avatar of his days with the Avalanche This ended up being an enjoyable novel and the reason is the subject matter The problem with this book was the author Michael Roy is not a professional author and it showed At the beginning he would jump around with his writing that at times I believed I skipped a page Also he would interject himself too much into the book It would have been fine involving himself if it related to having an affect on Patrick but it would be useless stuff about his job or him playing at the Forum during the lockout When Patrick hit the NHL is when this book starting being a really interesting read I think this stage was helped out by me being a fan and recalling these eventsI believe this book can only be enjoyed by his fans or fans of hockey It did provide some nice interesting trivia and some nice insight into the subject's world But there is a part of me thinking this could have been a five star novel if it was handled by a different author

  9. Enrique Dante Bouchot Enrique Dante Bouchot says:

    Roy was and still is ultra competitive talented intimidating and often controversial In this book his father takes us through his life from the moment he got his first set of goalie pads to the moment he was enshrined in the hockey hall of fame Throughout the book he describes Patrick Roy's character what moves him and what lead him to act like he did in times of his life when he was criticized Naturally being his father he looks at these events from Roy's perspective and usually under a positive light but he doesn't completely lack objectivity and does recognize flaws in his son's characters andor reactionsThe book also gives you a good perspective of hockey in the city of uebec which is one of the things I enjoyed the most about the book Everything from the pulse of its junior leagues from atoms to midget to juniors etc to the Nordiues their rivalry with Montreal and the pain of losing them to ColoradoI really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to any hockey fan Especially those that grew up watching hockey in the late 80's and early 90's

  10. Denis Denis says:

    Patrick Roy Winning Nothing Else is a disappointing waste of time and money Patrick Roy's biography written by the Hall Of Famer's father As one might suspect Michel Roy praises his son to the rafters and used his forum to attack the goaltender's enemies and rivalsI believe Patrick Roy is a fantastically intriguing subject for a biography However Patrick Roy Winning Nothing Else fails miserably

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