The Patrick Roy coached-era Avs is over.
Patrick Roy announced on August 11 that he has resigned from his position as Avalanche Head Coach. He also resigned from his position as Vice President of Hockey Operations as well.
“I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it depth it needs to bring it to a higher level,” said Roy in his statement.
“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.”
“Though it saddens me, I have put much thought about this decision in recent weeks and have come to be fully comfortable with it.”
Roy also added: “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.”
Avs General Manager Joe Sakic, who hired Patrick Roy in May 2013, is on vacation and has released the following statement: “Patrick informed me of his decision today. We appreciate all he has done for our organization and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
As for who will replace Patrick Roy as Avalanche head coach Sakic said, “We will begin the search for a new head coach immediately.”
Patrick Roy was hired by the Avs in May 2013 to become their new head coach. He was also granted front office responsibilities as well being named the Vice President of Hockey Operations.
Roy, in his 3 seasons with the Avalanche, coached the Avs to a 130-92-24 record. Along the way he won the Jack Adams Award for NHL’s best coach and successfully brought the Avs back to the postseason in 2013-14.
Unfortunately, since making the playoffs in his first year as head coach, the Avs declined to make the playoffs in two consecutive seasons, posting 90 points in 2014-15 and 82 points in 2015-16.