Jared Bednar will become the 7th Head Coach in Colorado Avalanche history.
Two weeks after Patrick Roy shockingly resigned from his positions as Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations of the Colorado Avalanche, the Avalanche have named Jared Bednar as his successor.
“After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench,” said Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic in a statement.
Added Sakic: “Jared’s track record of success as a head coach in the American Hockey League (AHL) speaks for itself and he is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming coaches in out business.”
Jared Bednar, 44 years old, guided the Columbus Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters to become Calder Cup champions this past spring in 2016. The Bednar coached Monsters finished the regular season with a 43-22-6-5 record, good for 97 points, finishing second in the Central Division. The Monsters proceeded to swarm through the playoffs, going 15-2 while sweeping the Conference Finals and Calder Cup Finals.
This past season marked Bednar’s 14th season coaching in professional hockey. It was his sixth year as a head coach and fourth year as a head coach in the AHL. His all-time record as a head coach is 251-158-42 (.603). Not only does Bednar have a Calder Cup on his resume but he also coached the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays to a Kelly Cup Championship in 2009.
“My Family and I are thrilled to be heading to Denver to begin this new challenge,” said Bednar. “I feel ready for this role with the Avalanche and I am grateful for the trust that (Avalanche President/Owner) Josh Kroenke, Joe (Sakic), and the organization has show me. This is a great sports market with a passionate fan base and I can’t wait to get to work.”
Jared Bednar’s assistant coach with the Calder Cup champions Lake Erie Monsters is Nolan Pratt. Pratt was hired by the Avalanche as an assistant coach in July.
Jared Bednar will be formally introduced sometime next week.