The Number 33: Strange Truths That Have Nothing to Do With Patrick Roy

Tim ParentSenior Writer INovember 22, 2008

On most nights, Patrick Roy made it look easy.

His style and grace between the pipes helped the Montreal Canadiens win two Stanley Cups in 1986 and 1993.

The number 33, which will be hoisted to the rafters of Bell Center Saturday night, has a unique history and some quirky facts associated with it.


  • the number 33 symbolizes truth (as in, the truth is, since Roy left Montreal, the Canadiens have not won a Stanley Cup)
  • Jesus was 33-years-old when he was crucified in the year 33 A.D. (Rejean Houle was crucified in the press for giving up Roy to Colorado for next to nothing)
  • Followers of Islam believe the dwellers of Heaven will exist eternally in a state of age 33 (No other Montreal Canadien will ever wear number 33 again)


  • The atomic number of arsenic which can be a particularly potent poison (much like the relationship between Roy and Mario Tremblay)


  • The Giza pyramid, Chephren, is 33 feet higher than the other two pyramids (Roy's goaltending records have elevated him to level nearly unattainable by other goaltenders)
  • Michelangelo was 33-years-old when he began painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel (Michel is Roy's father's name; number 33 will be hoisted to the ceiling of the Bell Center)

Some things to consider when watching the Montreal Canadiens retire Patrick Roy's number 33.