Chicago Blackhawks: Patrick Roy

Joel Quenneville, Patrick Roy meet again

November, 19, 2013
11/19/13
5:29
PM CT
DENVER, Colo. -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thought back for a moment to his Stanley Cup days as an assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche, and remembered the Hall of Fame goalie who stopped more than enough pucks to take them there -- Patrick Roy. He always grins when he thinks about those times.

And why not? It happened to be the start of coach Quenneville's champion pedigree.

Tuesday, with seven Stanley Cup rings between them, Quenneville and Roy will trade glances on either side of the glass partition as opposing coaches for two of the top teams in the Western Conference as the surging Hawks (14-3-4) begin a seven-game road trip at the Pepsi Center against a surprisingly strong Avs team (14-5) that was near the bottom of the league last season.

Quenneville, when asked, said he’s excited to face one of the best hockey minds he ever coached.

"He's the one player as a coach you always knew that he had a different level of how he saw the game and viewed the game," said Quenneville, who was an assistant coach when the Avs won their first Stanley Cup in the 1995-96 season. "(He is) probably the top of the level of all the players I've been around, and he'd be on top of that list."

"Putting it all together as a coach, he brings a lot of different elements to what coaching is all about. He's a competitive guy. He understands the game, understands people and understands what it takes to win. So he's got the ingredients that you look for. It'll be fun out there."

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Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
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