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Roy: ‘I don’t want to necessarily be the head coach’ in Colorado

Sep 12, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

Patrick Roy

The way Patrick Roy sees it, there shouldn’t be a boss-employee relationship between him and the Avalanche players.

“I don’t want to necessarily be the head coach of this team,” Roy told the Denver Post following the opening day of Colorado’s training camp. “I want to be their partners. I want to have an exchange with them, and feel they can have an open conversation with me on anything that we’re going to do.”

It’s an interesting approach.

Wednesday was a day heavy on instruction — Roy routinely stopped practice and screamed “useless” when describing defensemen that stand around in front of the goal — as the rookie bench boss began work with his team, one of the youngest in the NHL.

Colorado has the NHL’s youngest captain, 20-year-old Gabriel Landeskog — and will have one of the league’s youngest players when Nathan MacKinnon, who just turned 18 on Sept. 1, makes his NHL debut.

Other members of the kiddie corps include two 22-year-olds, Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly, who are expected to shoulder a major load offensively.

All told, the club only has seven guys — Alex Tanguay, PA Parenteau, David Van Der Gulik, Jan Hejda, Cory Sarich, Nate Guenin and JS Giguere — who are 30 or older, but Roy is looking forward to the challenge of instructing the younger players.

“We did a lot of teaching today, but I enjoyed that a lot,” Roy said. “I enjoyed what I saw.

“I was very impressed with our game today.”

  1. therealjr - Sep 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Nobody is saying you can’t be a nice guy but if the team sucks I’m pretty sure I know which partner is going to be fired.

  2. polegojim - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Great approach, especially with young players.

    “We’re in it together… but you need to listen to me and learn from me.”

  3. vanfoodman - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    “Roy routinely stopped practice and screamed “useless” when describing defensemen that stand around in front of the goal.” Oh yeah, just what a young player wants to hear on the first day of camp, he’s useless. I predict, Roy the still immature hot head, will wear out his welcome very soon, stay tuned.

    • pens919209 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      Well when defensemen just stand around in front of the net, they are being pretty useless.

  4. hockeydon10 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    As a Wings fan I really can’t bring myself around to liking Roy even in retirement and even this many years later. However, I can respect his knowledge of the game. Even when he was playing there were stories about him going into the locker room during intermission and telling his d-men what the opposing forwards were doing and how to counter it.

    You’ll notice he wasn’t saying the d-men were useless. He was saying that seeing them stand around in front of the goalie was useless.

  5. fredericton101 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    I never liked this guy’s attitude, especially after turning down the 2002 Olympic team if he couldn’t be the #1 goalie…..looked good on him when Brodeur brought home the gold!!

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