17 Jan 1998: Patrick Roy #33 of the Colorado Avalanche and Martin Brodeur of the Chicago Blackhawks during the skills competition during NHL All-Star Weekend at General Motors Palace in Vancouver, Canada. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport
KUSA - Admitting that you're retiring is just as scary as actually stepping aside. Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy had to learn that - and so soon will Devil legendary goaltender Martin Brodeur too.
"Even if Marty is ready to retire he's not going to say it, because that's the same way I was," Roy said before Colorado's game against New Jersey Thursday night. "I didn't want to say it because sometimes you finish the year and you feel like you maybe have another one in me."
But when Roy's illustrious 19 year career was coming to an end - Brodeur is currently amid his 21st season for New Jersey - he know didn't know what to do. He called teammate Ray Bourque to ask him for advice on when it would be time to finally retire.
Bourque told Roy in that conversation: "Don't worry, you'll know".
Roy and Brodeur are unquestionably two of the best that have ever stood between the pipes. They split ranking first or second in numerous National Hockey League records - including the most important statistics - wins and playoff wins.
The Avs longtime goaltender felt he had no more in him and called it quits following the 2003 season. Roy cannot tell Brodeur when it's time - as he knows all too well - the Devils goalie is only person that will truly know when it's time.