Patrick Roy is officially back in the NHL!
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Patrick Roy is officially back in the NHL!

The legendary NHL goaltender has made his return and will once again take on a head coaching role.

Jonathan Larivee

Patrick Roy will once again be competing in the National Hockey League.

On Saturday, the New York Islanders stunned the hockey community when they announced that the legendary NHL goaltender would be taking over as their head coach effective immediately.

This of course means that Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello has relieved now former head coach Lane Lambert of his duties effective immediately as well.

Roy is not only a legendary player but also has an extensive resume as a head coach both in the National Hockey League and outside of it. Roy coached the Colorado Avalance over the course of 3 seasons until a dispute with colleague Joe Sakic led to him stepping down from that role. Both prior to and after his role with the Avalanche, Roy was notably the head coach of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Quebec Remparts and most recently captured a championship with that organization during the 2022-23 season.

This does appear to be something of a risky pick on the part of of Lamoriello who has now fired two coaches, the aforementioned Lane Lambert as well as Barry Trotz, in relatively quick succession.