Cabbie oblivious to Roy's identity on arrival from Montreal in 1995

Patrick Roy hasn't always been famous in Colorado.

Just after his arrival in Denver in 1995 – Roy was dramatically traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the upstart Avalanche – he got in a taxi. The driver was excitedly jabbering about a trade the cities new hockey team had made to acquire a goaltender before their inaugural season.

Despite his enthusiasm for the move and general friendliness, the taxi driver was also oblivious to who was sitting in his car. Roy couldn't help by play along.

"I think he's okay," he laughed as he recalled that moment in an interview with TSN.

Roy had already won a pair of Stanley Cups while with Montreal including a pair of Conn Smythe Trophy's awarded to the most valuable player of the playoffs. Although he maintained his humility, he would soon lead the new franchise to a title in their first year and yet another Stanley Cup years later.

The current Avalanche head coach will be make his return to Montreal for the first time Tuesday night.

He likely won't have any such problem in a taxi on his return trip though.


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