Hartley believes Roy will work out as Avalanche coach

Colorado Avalanche defenceman Ray Bourque, then-coach Bob Hartley, goalie Patrick Roy and captain...

Colorado Avalanche defenceman Ray Bourque, then-coach Bob Hartley, goalie Patrick Roy and captain Joe Sakic won the Stanley Cup the year after Bourque joined the Avs. SUN file photo.

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 PM ET

It’s a big job.

Not that Patrick Roy has ever shied away from hard work.

Calgary Flames skipper Bob Hartley officially welcomed an old friend to the big-league coaching ranks with Thursday’s announcement that Roy — his go-to goalie for four-and-a-half seasons in the Mile High City — is the new bench boss and vice-president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche.

“Patrick is a relentless worker. He’s passionate. He wants to win,” Hartley said. “He’s one of the most fiery guys that I’ve coached. When you talk about passion and when you talk about fire in his eyes, there’s nobody that comes very close to Patrick. Practices, games, everywhere … Patrick would always be right at the top.

“I’ve never seen Patrick take an easy day when I was around him. He’s a very proud man, a very proud athlete, and that’s what made him special.”

When Hartley guided the Avs to a Stanley Cup parade in 2001, Roy was making the saves.


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