Overture

Blood is thicker than ice, too

Mark Cardwell December 3 2001
Overture

Blood is thicker than ice, too

Mark Cardwell December 3 2001

Blood is thicker than ice, too

Before retired Quebec bureaucrat Michel Roy launched his solo CD, En douceur, in Quebec City on Sept. 26, the 59-year-old singer-guitarist made it clear to his three grown children that he wanted them there to share the moment. That posed a problem for Roy’s eldest child, 36-year-old Patrick. The star goalie’s team, the Colorado Avalanche, was scheduled to play a pre-season game that night in Phoenix, Ariz., so he instead sent a

video. “Dad, I wish you an ‘avalanche’ of success,” the 2001 Stanley Cup MVP said on a tape that was played at the CD release party in a downtown nightclub.

Roy is a former provincial deputy minister and member of the 1960s rock band les Mégatones. But he admits it is his son’s celebrity-not to mention notoriety after last week’s decision to not play on the Olympic team-that has attracted attention to his “soft jazz” recording.

“Sure, Patrick's fame opens doors,” he says. “But once I’m through, it’s up to me to prove myself-and people tell me they like what they hear.” Patrick’s commitment to his team

on that September evening, meanwhile, didn’t pay off. Backup goalie David Aebischer started instead that night, and Colorado lost 5-3 to the Coyotes. Mark Cardwell

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