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Legendary goalie Patrick Roy returns to Avalanche as coach
Fri, 24 May 2013 17:27:14 +0000
Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) - The Colorado Avalanche has tapped Patrick Jacques Roy to be their coach and vice president of hockey operations.
With the appointment, Roy becomes the first Hall of Fame goalie to coach an NHL team and the Avalanche's sixth coach in team history.
Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations, Joe Sakic, flew to Roy's offseason home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to close the deal.
"Patrick has a great hockey mind. There is no one more passionate about this game. He will bring that winning attitude to our dressing room," said Sakic.
Roy, 47, inherits a team that finished last in the Western Conference, a draft lottery team three of the past five seasons. It has 22 players signed for next season, at a salary cap-averaged payroll of about $56 million — about $9 million under the cap.
He was coach and general manager with the Quebec Remparts since 2005, compiling a 307-128-32 record with the Remparts, including a Memorial Cup championship in 2005.
The Hall of Fame goalie won four Stanley Cups (two with the Montreal Canadiens, two with the Avs) and a record three Conn Smythe Trophies in three decades (1986, 1993 and 2001).
Roy retired from the Avalanche in 2003 with 551 regular-season wins and 151 playoff wins.
"This move instantly reinvigorates the fan base in Colorado," said former Avalanche winger Mark Rycroft, now an analyst with the Altitude television network. "In my mind, to bring back a legend, a guy that's got some real experience coaching, it's a home run."