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Roy steps down as coach, VP of hockey operations for Avalanche

 

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After three seasons, Patrick Roy has resigned as head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche.

The Hall of Fame goaltender released a statement Thursday:

“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,” Roy said in the statement.

“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.”

Roy went 130-92-24 behind the bench. He was hired May 23, 2013 and in 2013-14, led the Avalanche to the Central Division title and won the Jack Adams Award as the league’s best coach.

The Avalanche have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two seasons, going 39-39-4 last year and finishing five points behind the Minnesota Wild for the Western Conference’s second wild card spot.

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