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September 19, 2017

Legends of Team Canada: Allain Roy


One would think Canada's chances of winning a gold medal at an Olympics in 1990s would be pretty good if a goalie with the last name Roy was on the team.

It did not work out that way in 1998 or in 1994.

In 1998, of course, Patrick Roy backstopped a Canadian Dream Team in the first ever NHL Olympics, however the team lost the bronze medal game and went home empty handed.

The 1994 won the silver medal, and they did that with no NHL superstars. They had a goalie named Allain Roy donning the pads and mask.

Allain Roy - who is of no relation to Patrick Roy - may have won a silver medal, but he never got to play in the Olympics. Neither did Manny Legace, as both goalies backed up starter Corey Hirsch who played every minute of every game.

In fact Allain Roy never played a minute of action for Team Canada that entire season. He had been brought in from Jokerit of Finland where he had been playing.

Roy was brought in to basically serve as the third goalie in case of injury. He had previously played the 1992-93 season with the Canadian national team.

Before that he led Harvard the NCAA championship and was an all star goaltender while majoring in history.

Roy briefly played at low levels of minor leagues and even had a short call up to the Winnipeg Jets but he never played in the NHL.

He settled in the St. Louis area and became a prominent NHL player's agent.

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