The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club introduced Patrick Roy as the franchise’s Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations at a press conference on Tuesday, May 28.
"Ten years ago to the day I was here at the Pepsi Center in this very same room announcing my retirement as an NHL player," Roy said in his opening statement. "Shortly thereafter, I realized that the passion I had for the game never left me. I wanted to stay involved in hockey and I found a way to do so. Here I am today, back in Denver, ready to embark on a new challenge that I’m really looking forward to."
Roy, 47, becomes the sixth head coach in Avalanche history and the 14th in franchise history.
"It is a very exciting day for our fans, and a significant moment in our organization’s history," said Avalanche President and Governor Josh Kroenke. "Patrick’s decision to come back to the Avalanche is certainly something that we were all thrilled about."
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.
For Sakic, it didn't take long for him to find his head coach.
"When I took this job, and I knew I had to find a coach; Patrick was always my top candidate and I am excited that he accepted our offer," Sakic said. "Patrick has a great hockey mind, he is a tremendous coach and there is no one more passionate about this game. He’ll bring a winning attitude to this dressing room and help this young team grow, and I know he’ll get the best out of each player."
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.
While he enjoyed his time in Quebec, Roy said he is ready to be an NHL head coach.
"Now more than ever it is the time to realize another dream, and to become a coach at an NHL level," he said. "I am also excited to be involved in player personnel decisions. It will be our goal to work together to compete for a Stanley Cup."
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, Roy 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.
He 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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