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Patrick Roy Returns To Denver As Head Coach

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has reached an agreement in principle with Patrick Roy to become the franchise’s Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations.  Due to the Memorial Day weekend, the Avalanche will hold a press conference next week in Denver to formally introduce Roy.

Roy, 47, becomes the sixth head coach in Avalanche history and the 14th in franchise history.  In addition to his head coaching duties, Roy will also work with Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic in all player personnel decisions. 

“This is a very exciting day for our fans and a significant moment in our organization’s history,” said Avalanche President Josh Kroenke.  “Patrick’s passion for the game of hockey both as a player and as a coach defines who he is as a person.  He is a winner and is coming back to Denver where he created numerous special moments on and off the ice while helping lead us to two Stanley Cup championships.”

“All along Patrick was our top candidate and we are thrilled that he has decided to accept this offer,” said Sakic.  “Patrick has a great hockey mind, is a tremendous coach and there is no one more passionate about this game.  He will bring that winning attitude to our dressing room to help this young team grow.” 

“This is an unbelievable day for me,” said Roy.  “It’s a new and exciting challenge that I am really looking forward to.  I would like to thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for this opportunity as well as Joe Sakic for the trust they are putting in me.  Almost 10 years to the day that I announced my retirement as a player I am back in Denver and hope the fans are as excited as I am.”

Roy has spent the last eight seasons as head coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  He guided the Remparts to a 348-196-0 record (.640) in 544 regular season games behind the bench, which included leading Quebec to the 2006 Memorial Cup title as the Canadian Hockey League champions.  He is also a part owner of the QMJHL franchise.

Roy, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, retired with the most regular season wins in NHL history (551), a number that currently ranks second all-time.  The four-time Stanley Cup champion is still the winningest goaltender in Stanley Cup Playoff history with 151 postseason wins.  Roy is the only player in league history to win three Conn Smythe Trophies as the playoff MVP (1986, 1993, 2001).

The Quebec City native backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to two Stanley Cup championships (1986, 1993), the first of which was his rookie campaign.  Traded to Colorado on Dec. 6, 1995, Roy led the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup during the club’s first season in Denver (1996) and again in 2001.  He is the only goaltender in NHL history to win 200 or more games with two different teams.

Roy won three Vezina Trophies (1989, 1990, 1992) and five William Jennings Trophies (1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 2002).  He was selected to the NHL All-Star Team on six occasions, the first team in 1988-89, 1989-90, 1991-92 and 2001-02 and second team in 1987-88 and 1990-91.  He participated in 11 NHL All-Star Games and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1985-86.  When Roy announced his retirement on May 28, 2003, he was the NHL’s all-time leader in not only wins but also regular season games (1029), minutes (60,225) and 30-win seasons (13), marks that now all rank second.  In addition to being first overall in postseason wins, Roy is still the NHL record holder in career playoff games (247) and is second in postseason shutouts (23).

Roy, who is the Avalanche’s all-time leader in nearly every statistical category, had his No. 33 retired by the organization on Oct. 28, 2003.

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Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 05/23/13 at 03:54 PM ET


retired with the most regular season wins in NHL history (551), a number that currently ranks second all-time


Also, I can only imagine how angry a coach he is

Posted by neffernin on 05/23/13 at 04:09 PM ET

Primis's avatar

This is amazing.  Absolutely amazing.

It’s truly too bad now the Wings are leaving the West.  Because boy is it going to be entertaining.

I don’t know what the beginning and middle of the Patrick Roy era will be like, but when the time comes, I bet it will end spectacularly.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.  Popcorn for everyone!

Posted by Primis on 05/23/13 at 04:13 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

It’s truly too bad now the Wings are leaving the West

Took the words outta my mouth.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/23/13 at 04:15 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

When he gets pissed at a player, he’ll be all “I no coach you no more!”

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 05/23/13 at 04:15 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Also, I can only imagine how angry a coach he is

Posted by neffernin on 05/23/13 at 05:09 PM ET

You don’t have to imagine.  He once sent a kid in juniors on his team out specifically to hurt a kid on the other team.

That’s all you need to know.  Whatever craziness you can imagine, it is now possible.  He may throw benches.  He may choke a player (other team or his own, take your pick!).

He may go scream at his owner that he’s done as his team is in the middle of getting pasted.

Posted by Primis on 05/23/13 at 04:16 PM ET


On the plus side, there’s a certain symmetry to having his coaching career be obliterated in the same town his playing career was.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 05/23/13 at 04:18 PM ET

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Thank you, Avalanche organization, for providing endless entertainment over the next few years. No doubt appointing an insane person the head coach of a professional sports team will be something to behold.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/23/13 at 04:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Free Landeskog.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 05/23/13 at 05:01 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I imagine this is going to go over about as well as the Barry Melrose signing in Tampa Bay.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/23/13 at 05:31 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

retired with the most regular season wins in NHL history (551), a number that currently ranks second all-time


Posted by neffernin on 05/23/13 at 05:09 PM ET

What o you not understand?  When he retired, that was the most wins of all-time.  Since then, he has been passed in the record books…

I am of the group that consider Roy, despite his cockiness, to be the best goaltender of all-time.  I hope his NHL coaching will match the level of his NHL play, but I’m not holding my breath.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 05/23/13 at 05:47 PM ET


Based on his rep, this is a bad move. Young teams looking to get into post season need calm, mentor types like McLean. Roy is too emotional to help the group grow.

This should be entertaining to watch.

Posted by Adi from India on 05/23/13 at 11:04 PM ET

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