There won’t be anything you don’t already know in this blog. So in that, I’ve failed.
But the topic is worth a word or two, simply because it’s so rare. In a cutter-cutter sports world, it’s a phenomenon, really.
Patrick Roy. Eleven months since he was introduced as head coach of the Avalanche (Headline in The Gazette: “Hold on tight, Roy’s return to Avs guarantees hockey headlines”), never a dull moment in between. Never a dull press conference; that’s for sure. Today was the latest reminder. You can watch it here. Or you can read about it here in the column I wrote today.
The exchange was just 15 minutes, nothing groundbreaking. Roy was blunt (“Minny played with a type of urgency we haven’t seen all year”). He was informative, relative to a coach’s normal approach to injuries (on Matt Duchene’s return: “Is he going to play in this series? We’re not sure yet.”). He was entertaining.
The Gazette has covered the Avalanche extensively since Roy’s hire, perhaps exceeding the demand for a team that finished 29th in the league last season. Part of the reason is because we remember how the Avs captured the state’s attention for just under a decade after their arrival in Colorado.
Roy is the way back to that.
Are press-conference performances the reason he will win Coach of the Year and projects as a coach you want to have around for a long time? No, of course not.
But if Roy has the ear of a collection of local media, imagine his influence on a locker room of players who grew up watching him play.