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Sharks’ Vlasic: Patrick Roy ‘coaches like he played’

Dec 23, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

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Patrick Roy is one intense coach. We’ve seen it this year, in his rookie campaign as a National Hockey League bench boss.

One San Jose Sharks player – defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic – got a first-hand experience with Roy as his coach, during their days together with the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL.

“He coaches like he played … He’s intense,” Vlasic told the San Jose Mercury News.

“If you work, he’ll reward you … He doesn’t like laziness. I saw it for three years. If you worked hard and were there every day, he would reward you with ice time, power play, things like that. Days off.”

The Sharks host the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.

Roy’s presence as a world class, Hall-of-Fame goalie was felt most nights during the hockey season when he was playing for the Montreal Canadiens and then the Colorado Avalanche.

As a coach, well, he thrust himself onto the scene in Colorado’s first game of the season, and his first behind the bench for an NHL team.

He got into a verbal altercation with Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau at the end of the game, shoving the glass in spectacular fashion. That move cost him a cool $10,000 as the result of a fine.

But with Roy behind the bench, the Avalanche, after finishing dead last in the Western Conference in the 2013 lockout-shortened season, are third in the Central Division with a 23-10-2 record, and eight points back of the first-place Chicago Blackhawks.

  1. ryanprzy - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    As a Wings fan, I like that part of Roy. He was a huge part of the Wings-Avs rivalry in the late-90s and I had great respect for him in that time.

    Roy knows the game really well, and his fiery approach to the game should rub off on his team. He’s a rookie coach in the NHL, but he is by no means inexperienced. Roy is a leader and I am not the least bit surprised by the Avs turnaround.

    I wish that asshole the best of luck.

    • raiderufan - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      hahaha well said!

    • avfanforlife - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      ryanprzy: As an AV’s fan from day one who lived for games against the Wings, there is no team/fans I love to hate more than Det. That said, Your comment was spot on, and it is great that a wings fan wrote it. I miss the rivalry, and can’t wait for a Cup final between our teams because the fire will absolutely be lit again between our two cities. For now though, it’s back to rooting for whatever team is playing against you! :)

  2. c9castine - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    was never a big roy fan. always been a brodeur guy maybe because I’ve watched him torture the pens for 20 years, i have more respect for him.

    but i always like competitors. lets be honest though well get a much better idea of how good of a coach he down the stretch as his team runs in to some real adversity, as all teams do.

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