Roy Retires

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Patrick Roy, one of the greatest goaltenders ever, announced his retirement after an 18-year career in the NHL.

"I've had a blast. It's been unbelievable. I've been so fortunate to have lived a dream and have fun for more than 18 years earning a living by playing a game I love," Roy said.

"I will remember the good days and cherish the great moments," he said. "I'm leaving with the feeling that I've done everything I could to be the best."

Roy are is still considered to be one of the top goalies in the league, but he wanted to leave while still in his prime.

"I made this decision before the start of 2002-2003 season that this season would be my last," Roy said at a news conference. "I step aside with no regrets."

The 37-year-old Roy owns nearly every major goaltending record. He is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, winning two each with Colorado and Montreal. He is the only three-time winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP, and is the NHL's career leader in victories with 551 and games played with 1,029.

"I've done everything I think I should," he said.

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