Patrick Roy Reveals The Real Reason Why He Returned To Coach The NY Islanders

Published January 22, 2024 at 9:48 PM
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In a surprising turn of events, Patrick Roy recently took the helm as the head coach of the New York Islanders. Following his first victory against the Dallas Stars, Roy shed light on why he made the unexpected return to coaching.


After the Islanders parted ways with head coach Lane Lambert, they swiftly appointed former NHL goaltender and Hall of Famer Patrick Roy as his successor. Roy's coaching comeback kicked off with a notable win, and after the game, team captain Anders Lee presented him with the game puck.




In his first post-game press conference, Roy clarified his decision to join the Islanders, emphasizing the pivotal role played by General Manager Lou Lamoriello in the process.

"Everything happened really quickly for sure. At the beginning of the week, I got a call from Lou Lamoriello, who came to meet me in Florida, and we had a really good exchange. After that, he returned to Long Island and called me a few days later to let me know he was ready to make a coaching change. He asked me if I was interested. After the conversation that we had together, there was no doubt in my mind. I was impressed by the man, his values, his desire to win, and it was impossible for me to refuse the invitation to lead his team."

Roy's decision was clearly influenced by Lamoriello's personal commitment, including a face-to-face meeting in Florida. The match between Roy's coaching style and the Islanders' defensive approach seems promising, mirroring the success Roy had with the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL.

As the season progresses, it will be intriguing to observe whether the Islanders can sustain their success under Roy's leadership and demonstrate positive strides for the future.

Source: Houseofhockey
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