Patrick Roy hired to coach Avalanche

Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy is the new coach of the Colorado Avalanche. (QMI Agency file photo)

Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy is the new coach of the Colorado Avalanche. (QMI Agency file photo)

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, Last Updated: 5:31 PM ET

The deal to lure Patrick Roy back to Denver is done.

The Colorado Avalanche announced on Twitter they have “reached an agreement in principle with Patrick Roy to become the franchise’s head coach and vice president of hockey operations.”

Roy, who has been co-owner, general manager and coach of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, played eight seasons with the Avalanche after being acquired from the Montreal Canadiens in late December of 1995.

“This is an unbelievable day for me,” Roy said in a team statement. “It’s a new and exciting challenge that I am really looking forward to. I would like to thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for this opportunity as well as Joe Sakic for the trust they are putting in me. Almost 10 years to the day that I announced my retirement as a player I am back in Denver and hope the fans are as excited as I am.”

Roy, 47, replaces Joe Sacco, who was let go by the Avalanche at the end of the season. He will be the sixth head coach in team history.

“This is a very exciting day for our fans and a significant moment in our organization’s history,” said Avalanche president Josh Kroenke. “Patrick’s passion for the game of hockey both as a player and as a coach defines who he is as a person. He is a winner and is coming back to Denver where he created numerous special moments on and off the ice while helping lead us to two Stanley Cup championships.”

Colorado will not introduce Roy to the media until next week “because of the Memorial Day weekend” in the U.S.

According to the Avs, Roy will work with vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic on all “player personnel decisions” in addition to his coaching duties.

"All along Patrick was our top candidate and we are thrilled that he has decided to accept this offer,” Sakic said. “Patrick has a great hockey mind, is a tremendous coach and there is no one more passionate about this game. He will bring that winning attitude to our dressing room to help this young team grow.”

The Avs decision to go with Roy has been rumoured since the Hall of Fame goaltender’s brother posted the news to his Facebook page earlier this week.


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