Five coaches in QMJHL history have reached 500 wins. A sixth will be added shortly: Patrick Roy.
The head coach of the Quebec Remparts has won 498 games behind the bench of the Red Devils and he could therefore reach the plateau of 500 on Saturday against the Rimouski Oceanic. He would thus join the select group made up of Richard Martel (589), Guy Chouinard (569), Yanick Jean (553), Mario Durocher (546) and Réal Payment (541).
In front of the media de Québec on Tuesday, Roy said he was unaware of the plateau he was about to cross.
“It definitely makes me realize how lucky I am to be able to work in what I love, hockey, and that the passion has always been there. It also leads me to reflect on the people who have helped me,” Roy said yesterday morning, citing in particular team president Jacques Tanguay and director of team services, Nicole Bouchard.  ;
Beyond the victories, it is above all the involvement with hundreds of junior players throughout his career that makes Roy particularly proud.
“When I started, my goal was not to become an NHL coach. I wanted to pursue a career in junior hockey. […] What makes me most proud is to have been able to give back to my sport and allow certain players to succeed as hockey players but also as citizens. »
Remparts captain Théo Rochette didn't know either that the hockey man was about to enter the 'story.
“I'm not surprised,” he said when a colleague summarized the feat within his reach. He's been around for a long time and he's a great trainer. Everyone appreciates him in the locker room and I'm really happy for him that he's getting there. We will try to allow him to reach this plateau this week. »
For Rochette, it is in particular this passion for hockey that allowed Roy to approach the 500 mark.
“It looks like he wants to win. He is a winner who does not like to lose and that is the passion. The moment you don't care about losing, that's when you realize the passion is gone. Him, you see that he still has it. »
The center player, whom Roy named captain of the Remparts at the start of last season, believes he has grown a lot under the 57-year-old head coach.
“He made me gain a lot of maturity. When I got to 17 I had a lot of gaps in my game and he worked really hard with me. We did a lot of videos together, we watched all my matches. I learned a lot from that. Since I have been here, I have always been close to him and he has always advised me well. He made me gain maturity, whether in relation to the draft or in the league. I'm really glad I had the chance to meet him. »
Roy will have the opportunity to claim his 499th victory on Wednesday night when the Baie-Comeau Drakkar visits the Videotron centre.