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Patrick Roy steps down as head coach of Avalanche

Thursday August, 11, 2016 // Denver, Colorado –

Patrick Roy announced his decision in a statement this afternoon that he would be stepping down as head coach and vice president of hockey operations with the Colorado Avalanche.

The former goaltender and four-time Stanley Cup champion was named was named head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche in May of 2013. In three seasons behind the bench Roy finished with a 130-92 -24 record.

Roy was named the Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL’s best coach in 2014 after guiding the Avalanche to a 52-22-8 finish.

Roy issued a statement Thursday detailing his decision.

“For the past three years, I have carried out my duties as Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche with energy, passion and determination.

His statement read:

I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level. To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-Hockey Operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team’s performance. These conditions are not currently met.

Today, I am informing you of my decision to leave the Colorado Avalanche organization. Though it saddens me, I have put much thought about this decision in recent weeks and have come to be fully comfortable with it.

I am grateful to the Colorado Avalanche organization, with which I remain in good terms, for letting me lead this great team. I thank all the players I have had the pleasure of coaching and the fans for their unwavering, unconditional support.

I remain forever loyal to the Avalanche with which I played 478 games, coached another 253, and won two Stanley Cups.”

More coming.

Codi Hawkes is a born and raised Calgarian who has a passion for hockey. Growing up Codi was a Calgary Flames enthusiast, with that comes memories of the 2003-2004 Stanley Cup finals at the young age of six, and the 2014-2015 season by finishing third in the Pacific Division the qualified for their first Flames playoff appearance since '09. He is currently a sportswriter and blogger for which posts all NHL news. Codi covers the league’s top stories, and is currently considering Journalism studies at SAIT this Fall.
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