Beware of bad puns ahead!
There has been some recent activity in the Avalanche organization in the past few weeks with the signing of not one but two integral “Pats” of the team.
The biggest news to hit about the Avalanche was their signing of former netminder Patrick Roy as head coach and vice president of hockey operations. Yes, Avalanche fans you read that right, St. Patrick Roy is the new head coach of the Avs. To most with any knowledge of the Avalanche, the organization has toyed, unsuccessfully with this idea a few years ago, but this time they sealed the deal.
Roy is known for being the star goaltender of the Montreal Canadiens between 1985 and 1995. He was traded to the Avalanche in what has been coined “Le Trade” and is considered to be one of the most one-sided deals in NHL history thus leaving the Canadiens with the “Curse of St. Patrick”. During his time with the Avalanche he would be instrumental in helping the Avs win two Stanley Cups, won two President’s Trophies and be an integral part of the rivalry between the Avs and the Red Wings (how lucky for me Detroit, also a rival of every Cleveland sports team).
Since his tenure with the Avalanche ended in 2003 Roy spent his time as general manager and head-coach and will remain co-owner of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League now that he is with the Avalanche once again.
Some people are worried that Roy will be a repeat of the time that Wayne Gretzky spent with the Phoenix Coyotes. But even though it is not on the same caliber as the NHL, he does come with experience in the QMJHL, which in my humble opinion is valuable experience and should not be written off. I think that besides bringing people back into the seats of the Pepsi Center he is just what we need to get the Avs playing at the caliber we need to win the cup once again. (As a side note I am not sure how much of this was Roy’s decision or not but it takes us to the second half of today’s article, the signing of left winger and my favorite player Patrick Bordeleau. Thank You! on behalf of every Avs/Monsters fan in Cleveland)
After the jump, the other Patrick…
The other big news in the Avalanche organization is that the team has signed left winger #58 Patrick Bordeleau to a three-year deal. Personally I have seen what Bordeleau is capable of during his time with the Avalanche AHL affiliate the Lake Erie Monsters (I FEEL LIKE A MONSTER!!!). During his three years he has brought more than his considerable size to the team. He was a fan favorite and was a huge (pun intended) part of the team both on and off the ice. He holds the record for career penalty minutes with the Monsters franchise at 435 minutes. During his last two seasons we saw teams start to think twice about having to fight Bordy. He also produced in the point department as well, last year between the Monsters and Avalanche he had a total of 4 goals and 8 assists for a total of 12 points to go along with 161 penalty minutes in a total of 75 games. Which is quite decent for a guy on the fourth line. To cap all of this off he has been improving with each season and is dedicated to the organization wether it be putting in his time in the
minors or his off-season dedication to self-improvement.
For a long time Bordy fan like myself and almost every Monsters fan out there, I am very happy to know that he won’t be going anywhere for the time being, even though it is near impossible to catch an Avalanche game in Cleveland, you are still our favorite Monster. This is also a good example for the younger generation that hard work and perseverance do pay off.
To close I would like to share some classic Bordy with this video. Enjoy!