Patrick Roy wants Avalanche to regain prominence

The Colorado Avalanche named former player Patrick Roy as head coach and VP of Hockey Operations in...

The Colorado Avalanche named former player Patrick Roy as head coach and VP of Hockey Operations in Denver, May 28, 2013. (Nish Nalbandian/QMI Agency)

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Patrick Roy is back. The Hall of Fame goaltender returned to the Colorado Avalanche as the head coach of a franchise that he helped lead to two Stanley Cup titles.

Roy, 47, was introduced to the media on Tuesday after reaching a deal with the Avalanche last week. He faces the task along with executive vice president and former teammate Joe Sakic of restoring a club that has missed the playoffs for three straight seasons.

“Joe and I had an opportunity to be part of something in the past,” said Roy, who also will serve as vice president of hockey operations. “I think we’re going to be part of something special in the future.”

Roy’s playing career ended with the Avalanche a decade ago, after being a part of Stanley-Cup-winning teams in 1996 and 2001. For the past eight years, he was worked as coach and general manager for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

“I don’t know how long this ride is going to be, but I’m going to enjoy every minute,” he said.

Roy mentioned that one of the goals is to use his passion for the game to build the Avalanche into a juggernaut.

“I think my number one quality is I’m not afraid to put in the time,” Roy said. “Am I going to be perfect? No, I’m not going to be perfect.”

 


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