Patrick Roy makes shocking revelations about his health and his departure from Montreal

Published December 14, 2022 at 8:35

It's no surprise to anyone that many athletes, if not almost all of them, have a well established routine, especially on game days. Patrick Roy is no exception, he had certain habits during his time with the Canadiens and was very superstitious.

However, the trade that sent him to Colorado really changed everything for him. The routines were no longer the same and he was in the unknown. Patrick didn't know what was going on at the time, but he was actually suffering from anxiety. He agreed to talk about it with the guys at The Blue Pocket :

"I remember sometimes I would get watery-eyed on the plane. I was missing Montreal. Usually, after a trip, my wife Michèle would pick me up. But this time, I came back with Pierre Lacroix. He was my GM, but he was also a friend and my former agent. I told him that I was afraid to disappoint. Pierre looked at me and said, "Will you stop this? Just be yourself pi everything will be fine." From that moment on, I took the pressure off myself.

"My next door neighbor in Colorado was Mike Keane. We traveled together. We became really good friends. He helped me through it all.

"It was in Colorado that I discovered I was claustrophobic. Michel Lefebvre made my masks. Once, he put plaster in my face to make my mold. I had to breathe just through a straw. That was my first episode! The second, I had injured my neck and had to have an MRI [magnetic resonance imaging]. I looked at the doctor and said, "I'm sorry, but I can't do that!"

"That's when I found out I had anxiety. In those days, we didn't know that. It was a different time. Like with concussions. The healer would tell you, "Take a shower and two tylenols and go to bed. You'll be fine tomorrow."

It's disturbing to see how much times have changed in the 27 years since he left Montreal. Today, mental illness is much more recognized and taken seriously, but it has always existed. Let's hope that his testimony will reach as many people as possible who are reluctant to talk about their problems.


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Patrick Roy makes shocking revelations about his health and his departure from Montreal

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