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Your Call: Did you like what Roy brought behind the bench?

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TSN.ca Staff
10/3/2013 2:49:11 PM
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With just one game in the books, NHL fans got - for better or worse - a taste of vintage Patrick Roy.

The Hall of Fame goaltender-turned-head coach of the Colorado Avalanche showed the hockey world on Wednesday night that he was just as animated and passionate as ever.

With six seconds left and Colorado up 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, Roy lost his temper over a non-call for a trip on centre Nathan MacKinnon. "That should have been a penalty, in my opinion," said Roy, who received a game misconduct penalty. "I don't think this league needs that type of cheap shot."

He then barked at Anaheim's players and then at Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, who responded in (not so) kind. Roy then pushed against the glass partition, swaying it over towards Boudreau.

"I didn't expect that," Boudreau said after the game. "It's not our job to go back and forth with their players. All of a sudden, I told him, 'That's bull, that's bush league,' and he did what he did. (He's) going to be in for a long year, if he's going to yell at every player and yell at the refs at every stoppage of play. It's not the way the game is played."

The passion is back. But is it too much?

Roy, who spent his time away from the NHL with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Quebec Remparts, has been known to let opposing players, coaches and officials have it.

But coaching junior is much different than being behind the bench in the top professional level.

Roy was an emotional player with the Avalanche and the Montreal Canadiens. He was an emotional coach with the Remparts. But after what happened in his first NHL game behind the bench, should he be dialing that emotion down? Will his emotion get his players fired up or will they tune him out? And who is going to change the channel when a coach - in any sport - has an outburst like Roy had?

Both sides of the argument could easily be summarized by TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on Wednesday night.

"Patrick Roy erupts in anger at Bruce Boudreau at the buzzer," he first tweeted. "Guessing Lovejoy hit on MacKinnon. Won't be boring with Patrick around!

"Roy has reason to be upset with that hit on MacKinnon, but he's going to have to learn to keep his temper controlled. Still, got to admit having Roy back in the NHL is going to be a fun ride. Great fodder. And his team looked mighty good tonight."

That all said, we ask you this: Did you like the level of passion and emotion that Patrick Roy brought behind the bench on Wednesday night, or did he go too far?

As always, it's Your! Call.

Patrick Roy (Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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