Patrick Roy stopped by a local coffee shop recently when a friendly stranger approached him for a casual conversation.
''They said, `Hey coach, how are you today?''' Roy recounted. ''I was like, `Oh, yeah, that's me.'''
Indeed, and the Hall of Fame goaltender hopes to bring as much fiery passion to the Colorado Avalanche bench as he did to the net. Should the head coach ever get too amped up, well, at least he has his former teammate to keep him in check with Joe Sakic handling the day-to-day hockey operations this season.
As players, Roy and Sakic teamed up to lead the Avalanche to a pair of Stanley Cup titles.
Now in charge, Roy and Sakic will try to turn around a franchise that's missed the playoffs three straight seasons.
''We're going to have a Stanley Cup attitude,'' Roy pledged Wednesday as players reported for physicals a day before the start of training camp. ''In my years here, we were not perfect every night. But we gave ourselves a chance to win every night. When yo...