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Roy chasing record, wants undefeated Avs to ‘stay humble’

Oct 17, 2013, 6:23 PM EST

Patrick Roy AP

With six wins in six games, the Colorado Avalanche are flying high to start the 2013-14 campaign.

But their head coach wants them to keep it in perspective.

That’s what Patrick Roy said prior to Thursday’s big tilt against Detroit, as the Avs look to extend their winning streak while Roy looks to surpass his former coach, Mario Tremblay, for the NHL record for wins to begin a coaching career.

“I’m saying to the players every day, let’s stay humble,” Roy said, as per NHL.com. “We want them to be humble, we want them to take it one day at a time.”

The talk might be about humility, but there’s no ignoring how big a win against the Wings would be. The irony of potentially passing Tremblay is not lost on Roy, or his players.

Tremblay set the coaching record — starting his career in Montreal a perfect 6-0-0 — at the beginning of the 1995-96 campaign. Later that season, Roy said he’d never play another game for the Canadiens in the midst of an 11-1 defeat to the Red Wings.

Four days after saying it, Roy’s prediction held true — he was shipped to Colorado, where he’d go on to win two Stanley Cups. Now, he’s back with the Avs, leading the team to one of the best starts in franchise history.

The Avalanche players know all the history on the line, and are keen to get their head coach the record.

“It’d be great,” Matt Duchene said of Roy matching the mark. “He’d have that record over Tremblay, which is pretty funny, very ironic.

“It’d be great to get it done for him. For ourselves too. It’d be great to go to 7-0.”

  1. polegojim - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Great story… now the players need to ‘play up’ to it.

  2. shoobiedoobin - Oct 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    A couple of sentences don’t erase who you are Patrick. You want your players to stay humble but you never could. Time will catch up with this clown. He’s all hype when he’s 6-0, we’ll see how he’s doing when he’s caught a losing season and his ego is dinged up.

    • imleftcoast - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Thumbs down indicates Roy isn’t an arrogant a-hole who put himself above the team? Avs fans are some of the most ignorant in the league.

  3. brotherlove2012 - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    You can say what you want about Roy, but as a coach he is a lot different than he was as a player. He got much better at handling himself throughout the years.

    • shoobiedoobin - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      You’re right, the way he instructed his psycho bully children to attack weaker players was outstanding. As was the way he embarrassed himself in his first game, flying into a predictable rage for no good reason.

      Some snakes never shed their skin. This is an aw shucks story to protect the image. I don’t know why we’re taken in by it, it’s the same song and dance we had to do for him as a player-he acts out, then forces out a humble quote as phony as a three dollar bill and we all fawn.

      • avfanforlife - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        shoobiedooby has Roy-envy.

      • shoobiedoobin - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        Is someone holding a gun to your head keeping you from trying to counter what I said? Or are you just a puss?

        Because you give it thumbs down ’til you’re blue in the face, it doesn’t make it wrong kiddo.

      • avfanforlife - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        Who am I to disagree with you shoob? Lets ask the 18k+ fans at Pepsi Center tonite it they think Roy is the psycho you say he is. Lighten up a little there… It’s fans, it’s fun, its a comment section on an article that will be gone tomorrow.

      • shoobiedoobin - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        Yeah let’s ask Colorado fans what they think of him. Sounds like a logical, unbiased source. Derp.

        Why do I need opinions, what I stated were facts kid. Irrefutable.

      • avfanforlife - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        commentors here seem to be on my side so we’ll call it a draw.

      • shoobiedoobin - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        Who cares what side they’re on? Most people are dumb as rocks, I don’t need their support. But you clearly have so little confidence in yourself you need a faceless mob to feel better.

  4. hammerhead5573 - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Yes, stay humble. Let me be the idiot, but you guys stay humble!

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