Patrick Roy at a press availability for the Islanders.
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Patrick Roy already spotted losing his patience with Islanders at practice

Published January 21, 2024 at 12:54
Yesterday, the New York Islanders shocked the hockey world by firing head coach Lane Lambert to replace him with Patrick Roy. Through his hall of fame career as a goaltender he was always known to be hot-headed, and that translated into being a strict coach in his time with the Colorado Avalanche. Now in his first day in New York, the classic Roy frustrations were already on full display.

All throughout today's practice with the Islanders, Roy was spotted moving up and down the ice constantly barking at the players and banging his stick, emphatically demanding more of an effort from the team only in practice.

In almost every drill recorded at practice, Roy is extremely loud and constantly demanding more from his new team.

One of the most infamous examples of Patrick Roy losing his cool behind the bench was a game he coached against Bruce Boudreau's Anaheim Ducks, and Roy tried to push over the glass divider to get a piece of Boudreau.

With the Islanders current record of 19-15-11, they're still clearly in the hunt to make the playoffs. It'll be interesting to see if led by the spark of Patrick Roy, the Islanders can mount a strong finish to the season to make the playoffs and go on a run. With their strong defence and incredible goaltending, they certainly have the team recipe for playoff hockey.
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Patrick Roy already spotted losing his patience with Islanders at practice

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