Avs Raise Roy's Jersey

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The Colorado Avalanche hoisted former goalie Patrick Roy's No. 33 jersey to the Pepsi Center rafters as his number was retired.

"You fans have made sure that my eight years in Denver will never be forgotten. It will be more than an honor to see my jersey go up with Ray Bourque's," said Roy to the cheering sellout crowd.

Roy lead the Avs to Stanley Cup championships 1996 and 2001 and broke most of the NHL records for goalies during his stay in Colorado.

"It's a tough question for me to answer," Roy said when asked if he is the greatest goalie ever. "All I can say, I did my best and every time I was on the ice; I played with passion, the desire to win. I'm very proud of the way things went."

Roy retired after last season just before turning to 38 years old. He is a part-owner and general manager of the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"I don't have a comeback in mind," he said. "I feel really good about the decision. Fortunately for me, I found something that I like to do as well. Like I said at the end, I really believe that I did everything I could and it was time to move on. Did I have something left in the tank? Probably yes, but I felt that I didn't want to see myself slowing down."

Roy has been active with the Remparts and plans to begin taking a look at other rosters in the QMJHL for possible trades and also scout midget teams for the major junior draft.

"It was important for me to remain involved in hockey," Roy said. "I needed to do something. When I was thinking about retirement, I didn't just want to retire. I wanted to have something in front of me before I made my decision. The last couple of years, I was pretty sure this is what I wanted to do."

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