Now home is a place where the fans chant his name even if they can't quite pronounce it, where there is giddy novelty in the chase for hockey's hardware. The playoff style of the Avalanche is also new—it is still an explosive team, but it has a commitment to defense that is as sudden as it is solid.
Roy didn't have to reinvent himself. He just had to find the old Roy, the one who winked at Los Angeles Kings forward Tomas Sandstrom during a game in the 1993 Stanley Cup finals, the one who knew overtime belonged to him, the one who had audacity. If Colorado wins the Cup, Bart Simpson plays him in the animated highlight film.