Mighty Duck goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere was 9 years old and growing up in Canada, already fostering dreams of playing for an NHL team, when he discovered who his idol would be.
Giguere wanted it to be someone from the old Quebec Nordiques, his favorite team as a youth, but they weren't competitive in the mid-to late-1980s. So he became attached instead to a member of the rival Montreal Canadiens, a hotshot with a quick glove named Patrick Roy.
Giguere, 24, will be across the ice from his idol Friday when the Ducks play Colorado, and although it won't be for the first time, it still brings back memories of his childhood.
"I still look up to him," Giguere said. "I was a Quebec fan and I didn't want Montreal to win, but at the same time, [Roy] was the best. He was special."