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Avalanche name Jared Bednar as new coach
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:58:46 +0000
Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) - The Colorado Avalanche have named Jared Bednar as their new coach, replacing Patrick Roy, who resigned as coach and vice president of hockey operations Aug. 11.
"I was certainly happy to be considered and I'm ecstatic to have been named head coach and I'm looking forward to getting to work," said the 44-year-old Bednar , who signed a three-year deal.
"When I started coaching, my ultimate goal was obviously to get to the NHL and to coach at the highest level and getting an opportunity to compete for a Stanley Cup. That was my goal going into it and I worked real hard trying to achieve those goals, and this is another step in that direction," he added.
Bednar coached Lake Erie (now Cleveland) of the American Hockey League, a Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate, to the Calder Cup championship last season.
A defenseman during a nine-season minor-league career, Bednar has coached 14 seasons, eight as coach and six as an assistant in the AHL and ECHL . He is 251-158-42, including winning the Kelly Cup as ECHL champion with South Carolina in 2009.
"It's something that I take a lot of pride in, something I've worked really hard for, and it hasn't been an overnight thing," Bednar said. "It's taken some time, and all my stops along the way have helped prepare me for this."
Bednar edged Washington Capitals assistant coach Lane Lambert and Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen for the job.
The Avalanche were 39-39-4 last season and have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs two seasons in a row.
Bednar is the seventh coach in Avalanche history and 15th in Quebec/Colorado franchise history. He is the first Colorado coach without previous ties to the organization, following Crawford, Hartley, Tony Granato , Joel Quenneville , Joe Sacco and Roy.