Touched by the Montreal Canadiens’ invitation, Patrick Roy happily shared his experience with Guy Lafleur on Tuesday during his national funeral.
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The speech he gave generated a lot of reactions and was, according to many, one of the highlights of the ceremony.
“It’s sad to see someone leave so young but it was well organised. I was nervous before I gave my speech, but seeing the others in front of me made me feel good and ready when it was my turn,” he admitted on Wednesday.
In his speech, Roy spoke about the three pivotal moments he shared with the former Canadian No. 10: his first meeting during training camp in 1984, the time he faced him during the Blond Demon’s comeback at the Montreal Forum in 1989, and his last meeting with him at the Videotron center a few months ago.
All moments he wanted to highlight.
“It was a great pleasure for me to be able to talk about my first meeting, the match [du 4 février 1989] as well as his last visit here at the Videotron Center. Those were the moments that shaped me in my meetings with Guy. I wasn’t necessarily very close to him, but there was still a lot of respect from him and me. I was touched that the Canadians allowed me to speak so I could pay tribute and tell my story. »
Roy also used humor a few times during his speech, including when he related how “magical” the evening of February 4, 1989 was.
“So magical that I got an ovation when he scored me two goals! ‘ he mentioned before triggering a burst of laughter.
“We don’t always know how to proceed, whether it’s going well or not. On the other hand, for me it was a strong moment, the February 4th, 1989 game. It stuck in people’s memories and I’ve heard some people say that it was one of the most important games they attended. It was the same with me. »
One of the things he will remember from that meeting is how he held the blond demon from all the attention he was attracting.
“The way he’s handled it is amazing. Do it with that much humility and then you can perform. Guy, he was a performer. He came into that game and, bang, scored two goals and an assist. A lot of players could have fallen but he didn’t fall, I can tell you that. »