Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/18/14
Anyone wondering if becoming an NHL head coach added a modicum of sanity to Patrick Roy got a pretty resounding answer in the legendary former goaltender’s first game behind the Colorado Avalanche bench. At the conclusion of Colorado’s season-opening 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, Roy got into a shouting/pointing match with Ducks counterpart Bruce Boudreau. And then things really got good. Roy proceeded to shove the plexiglass partition between the two benches, which nearly collapsed onto Boudreau, who then volleyed it right back into Roy’s direction. Game officials, who were already near the benches to clear up a post-horn scrum, took control of the situation and the flimsy partition. It comes as little surprise that Roy’s coaching debut would have such a wild ending. Even by the extremely mental health standards of a hockey goalie, Roy has always been a loon. The man honest-to-God talked to the goalposts during games. He famously imploded in his final game with Montreal, demandi...
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