Patrick Roy reveals how Lou Lamoriello lured him to New York.

Patrick Roy reveals how Lou Lamoriello lured him to New York.

Patrick Roy reveals how Lou Lamoriello convinced him to coach the New York Islanders.

Jonathan Larivee

A lot of the talk in the National Hockey League over the weekend has centered around the surprising hire of legendary NHL goaltender Patrick Roy as the new head coach of the New York Islanders. All of the attention being shined on Roy comes as no surprise given his status as one of the legends of the sport, but in spite of all that attention it still isn't entirely clear how Roy came to be the head coach of the Islanders.

During a recent French language interview with Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Roy revealed just how Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello had enticed him into taking the coaching job with his team. According to Roy, the entire process began roughly a week ago in Florida.

"Everything happened really quickly for sure," said Roy as per TVA Sports. "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."

It seems Lamoriello didn't immediately offer Roy the job after that initial meeting ,but it wasn't long after that he made the final call.

"After that he returned to Long Island and he called me a few days later to let me know he was ready to make a coaching change," said Roy. "He asked me if I was interested."

It would appear as though Roy's meeting with Lamoriello left quite an impression on the legendary goaltender, resulting in Roy leaping at the opportunity to work alongside one of the most respected executives in the entire league.

"After the conversation that we had together there was no doubt in my mind" admitted Roy. "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."