After Avalanche road games, on the team plane, it was time for players to relax and get their minds off hockey for a while. The night's bruising battle, win or lose, would take a back seat while players enjoyed a cold one or chilled out playing video games or watching movies. For everyone except Patrick Roy.

"He wanted to talk hockey all the time, especially after games, on the plane," said Dave Reid, Roy's teammate with the Avs from 1999-2001. "All the young guys would immediately turn on their video games, but Patrick had to talk about the game. If we won, it was 'What could we have done better? What do we need to do to be better?' After losses it was 'This can't happen again. We need to address this right now.' So I'd usually be one of the few older guys, along with Adam Foote or Ray Bourque, who'd sit with him and talk hockey the whole ride."

As the Avalanche's new head coach and vice president of hockey operations, Roy is sure to face questions about whether his drive and sometimes volatile temperament is suited to coaching NHL players who aren't likely to achieve the level of success he had as a Hall of Fame goaltender.

Roy is obsessed with hockey, has been all of his life. He and younger brother Stephane spent countless hours in a skinny hallway in the family home whacking tennis balls in makeshift hockey games, with cinched-up pillows wrapped around their legs for goalie pads. Young Patrick spent virtually all of his money on hockey trading cards, arranging teams to his liking on a bed as he played general manager.

When he was 8 years old, in 1973, Roy and his parents walked into the office of Bob Chevalier — the director of youth hockey in Sainte Foy, Quebec. Roy announced "I want to play hockey. When can I start?"

"I thought: 'Quite a bit of confidence in this kid,' " Chevalier recalled.

Underneath the macho swagger that characterized his brilliant playing career was a fear of failure that caused Roy to never let up. Even in his final couple of seasons with the Avs, despite four Stanley Cup championships and a record three Conn Smythe Trophies to his name, Roy's intensity to succeed forced him into video rooms to go over his technique long before his teammates arrived.