On this day in 1996, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy earns his 300th win in the National Hockey League. Roy retired from hockey in 2003 with 551 career wins, a record that still stands.
Patrick Roy, a native of Quebec City, Canada, was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984. He played his first season with the Habs in 1985-1986 and helped them take home the Stanley Cup. Roy, then 20, became the youngest starting NHL goalie ever to win the coveted Cup. He developed a reputation for playing well under pressure and fans dubbed him “Saint Patrick.” Roy was also known to be superstitious and never skated over blue or red lines, among other things.
In October 1992, Roy earned his 200th NHL win. He led the Canadiens to a second Stanley Cup championship in 1993. In 1995, following a series of disagreements with his coach, Mario Tremblay, Roy was traded to the Colorado Avalanche. In his debut season with the team, they won their first-ever Stanley Cup. On February 19, 1996, Roy earned the 300th win of his career when the Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 7-5. In October 2000, Roy passed Terry Sawchuk’s record of 447 career wins, a number many fans believed was unbeatable. The Avalanche won a second Stanley Cup in 2001.
In January 2003, Roy played in his 1,000th regular-season NHL game, the first goalie ever to do so. Roy competed in his final game with the Avalanche in April 2003 and then retired from hockey. He left the NHL with a record 551 career wins (since broken by Martin Brodeur, who retired with 688 wins), 11 NHL All-Star games and 11 seasons with 30 or more wins—a record also since broken by Brodeur, who retired with 14 such seasons.
Following his retirement as a player, Roy became an owner and coach of the Quebec Remparts in the Canadian Hockey League. In 2006, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada.