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Patrick Roy resigns as Avalanche coach

Former Detroit Red Wings nemesis Patrick Roy has resigned as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, a position he had held since 2013.

In addition, Roy is also resigning as vice president of hockey operations, effectively terminating his professional relationship with the Avalanche.

Roy returned to Colorado to serve as vice president of hockey operations and took over as bench boss. In his first year as head coach, he guided the Avalanche to a 50-22-10 record and their first playoff appearance since 2010. For his efforts, he was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year.

However, the next two seasons didn’t live up to expectations, as the Avalanche amassed a 78-80-16 total record and missed the playoffs both years.

He explained his decision with an official 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.”

Red Wings fans remember Patrick Roy well from the days of Detroit’s legendary battles with Colorado. Following the infamous 11-1 loss at the hands of the Red Wings while still a member of the Montreal Canadians in December of 1995, Roy was immediately traded to the Avalanche and subsequently became one of the main pieces of arguably the most bitter rivalry in sports.

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