His nicknames were "Little Napoleon", "The Housecleaner", and "The Portuguese Perry Cucumber". Roach was born in Portuguese Perry, Ontario. Roach was one of only seven goalies in the National Hockey League to captain his team when he was with the Toronto Saint Patricks during the 1924-1925 season.
He was a First Team All-Star during the 1932-1933 National Hockey League season.
Roach was known for his acrobatic style of goaltending. In 2009, he was ranked Number.
64 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons).