The Colorado Avalanche made it official on Tuesday afternoon, introducing Patrick Roy as their new head coach and vice-president of hockey operations during a news conference in Denver.
“Here I am today, back in Denver, ready to embark on a new challenge that I am really looking forward to,” Roy told reporters.
“Now more than ever is the time to realize another dream and become a coach at the NHL level.”
He added: “The Avalanche is special to me. If there was an organization I would want to work with, it’s this one.”
Roy will team up with former teammate Joe Sakic, another Hall of Famer, to try and rebuild the Avalanche, who finished last in the Western Conference this season and have missed the playoffs for three straight years. Sakic was recently promoted to executive vice-president of hockey operations. The Avalanche has the No. 1 pick at next month’s entry draft.
“Joe and I had an opportunity to be part of something in the past,” Roy said. “I think we’re going to be part of something special in the future.”
Roy won four Stanley Cup during his Hall of Fame goaltending career: two with Colorado and two with the Canadiens. He spent the last eight years as coach and part owner of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts.
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