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It’s official: Colorado names Roy sixth head coach in franchise history

May 23, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

Patrick Roy

After great speculation, the rumors are finally true — Patrick Roy is back with Colorado.

Roy, 47, has been named head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche, the club announced on Thursday.

The hiring comes just a few days after Roy was rumored to have already accepted the job — granted, from a Facebook post from his brother, Stephane — and will reunite him with Joe Sakic, the executive vice president of hockey operations, who won a pair of Stanley Cups with Roy in Colorado in 1996 and 2001.

“This is a very exciting day for our fans and a significant moment in our organization’s history,” said Avalanche President Josh Kroenke in a statement. “Patrick’s passion for the game of hockey both as a player and as a coach defines who he is as a person.”

“This is an unbelievable day for me,” said Roy. “It’s a new and exciting challenge that I am really looking forward to.

“Almost 10 years to the day that I announced my retirement as a player I am back in Denver and hope the fans are as excited as I am.”

Roy retired as a member of the Avalanche on May 28, 2003.

Prior to taking the Colorado gig, the Hockey Hall of Fame netminder previously worked as the head coach and general manager of the QMJHL Quebec.

Roy guided the Remparts to a .640 winning percentage over the last eight years, and won the Memorial Cup in 2006.

  1. mgp1219 - May 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Why do I feel like this is going to be a disaster?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      It may very well be, or to say the least, there are going to be some disastrous moments.

  2. bingobango2013 - May 23, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    If a team lights up the Avs for 8 goals will he keep his goalie in the game?

    • jcmeyer10 - May 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      No, he’ll just hop in net.

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver - May 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Congrats Patrick. Please teach your players to fight and not turtle like Claude did.
    Signed Darren Mcarty.

    • jernster21 - May 23, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      You mean like Bordeleau and McLeod? Yeah, I’m sure Roy will teach them something about fighting…..

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I guess these news is somewhat anti-climatic. Thank you, Stephane Roy. Not surprising that he would want to have his hands into the hockey operations aspect. I personally don’t like the man, but recognize he was one of the best goalies I have ever seen, and was and is a winner. Well! Good luck!

  5. devilsarethebest - May 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Watch him be blamed at the end of next season after another failed season. Can`t really blame any coach in Colorado, their roster is less than spectacular. Oh well.

  6. flyersfan67 - May 23, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    This is going to be a train wreck. Here comes a season of blow ups, fights, numerous league fines, until Sakic has had enough and eventually a firing.

    • jernster21 - May 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      A real train wreck, or the Flyers past season type of train wreck?

  7. 4thquartermagic - May 23, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Can’t hate this hire unless you just plain don’t like Patrick Roy.

    Guy has paid his dues and after 8 years of cutting his teeth in juniors, gets his shot in the pros.

    Successful or not, his press conferences are going to be legendary.

    I like the hire. Team needs a fire lit under all their asses.

    • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      I plain out don’t like him, he’s a slimeball just like his kids.

      That said, my bias doesn’t automatically mean I’m wrong and he’s a saint. He’s proof that society ignores all manner of douchebaggery as long as you’re painted in the media as a winner. Time has passed and that’s easy to forget how much of an insufferable piece of garbage this guy was, but I’m not forgetting.

      I’ll laugh when this blows up in his face.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        He was never paid to be a nice guy, he was paid to win games.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Goalies don’t win games. Teams do. He was paid to assist in that. The measure of a person is what they do when they don’t have to. Roy has about as much character as his kids exhibited a few years back. Remember that?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        You’re an absolute moron if you think goalies don’t win games. I don’t care what any of these guys do in their personal life, it’s none of my business and I don’t know why it’s yours.

      • devilsarethebest - May 23, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        @ shoobiedoobin o hell yes they do. see, lundqvist,henrik

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        ^Goalies don’t win games. They don’t sweep up rebounds, defensemen and forwards do. They don’t block shots, forwards and defensemen do. They don’t clog passing lanes, forwards and dmen do. They make big saves but that’s not winning the game. That’s cherry picking one easy to spot contribution and assuming it wins games because you fell for some media marketing fluff.

      • jernster21 - May 23, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        Painted as a winner? He has proof for that.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 6:52 PM

        No, his TEAMS do. He was painted as some god who could carry a team when it was in fact quite the opposite. Remember the shelling

      • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        You wrote goalies don’t block shots…do I need to say anything else to prove how stupid you are or will that suffice?

      • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        Goalies come out to the point and block shots? Wow! Why even paint a crease, those mofos are everywhere!

        Should I begin to question the 33 in your name? Maybe a little butthurt I ripped on your overrated hero?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        Not my hero, I’m a Bruins fan. Do you actually want me to explain to you why the crease is there? I will but you should just read the rule book.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        No one said anything about why the crease is there. Ever heard of a straw man argument?

    • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Go stick a goalie out there by himself, see if he wins the game.

      This is as foolish as claiming quarterbacks win games in football. Just because you sometimes have the biggest role, doesn’t mean you won the game.

      • hawkeedawg - May 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Shoobie has smoked too many Doobies

        You have no idea what you are talking about. Every sport has a “Most Important Position” that if you do not have quality there, you don’t win…Period.

        Baseball, no quality pitching, no wins
        Football, no quality QB, no wins
        Hockey, no quality goalie, no wins

        Go play darts! Then all you need is a quality beer!!

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        No quality goalie, no wins? Antii Niemi, MA Fleury, Barrasso, Fuhr, Ranford, hell maybe even Cam Ward depending on your standards. But they’re proof you don’t need a hot goalie. It helps immensely but it can be done without one.

        BTW, Joe Flacco and Trent Dilfer. Among others.

        Biggest mistake we make when trying to learn sports is taking the opinion of talking heads seriously, the same ones who make up these silly rules. Only true thing about sports is once you figure out a guideline or rule, some team will come along and break it.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 7:31 PM

        BTW not winning without one, and winning by yourself…two completely different concepts.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        All those goalies you listed were extremely hot and stole several games. Barrasso came right out of high school to play in the NHL. With every post you become more and more ridiculous.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        you’re going to seriously try and tell me those are great cup caliber goalies?

        you’ve officially stopped arguing for logic and are now arguing to “win”. at least i’m realistic.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Barrasso won the Vezina and Calder his rookie year, after playing high school hockey in Mass the prior year without ever having played junior/college/minor level of hockey and also won two Stanley Cups. Any more questions about his credentials?
        Every other goalie you named has won at least one Cup.

        I honestly hope your trolling because I refuse to believe people this stupid know how to turn on a computer.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        I know they won a Cup. That was the point. You’re getting confused. Slow down and read.

    • budzo83 - May 23, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Not true… I loved Patrick Roy as a player, but I’m not so confident about his abilities as an NHL head coach. The guy hates to lose so much and, well, this team is going to do a bit of losing before they turn the corner. Secondly, he’s got ego for days and I think you will see that come into play in his relationships with his players. Third, with all due respect @4thquartermagic, huge difference between major junior and NHL. Although the additional duty of VP of Hockey Operations will help, he will not have the same kind of control and influence over his players as he did in junior and that’s where I think his ego will put him in some really bad spots.

      Also, I have a feeling you’re going to hear a lot about his 4 Stanley Cup rings during those legendary pressers…

      • jernster21 - May 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Some good coaches started out in juniors. Maybe Mike Babock and Claude Julien ring a bell.

        With that said, Sakic has the final say on decisions related to the team – not Roy; Roy undoubtedly has an ego, but he also respects those who deserve respect, and Sakic is one of those guys. Both of these guys are putting a lot of the line so don’t be so sure that they’ll just be swinging from the hip just to do it. The guys who pay the bills above them don’t know hockey like these guys know hockey – I trust the Avs are in pretty good hands and if not – well, I seriously doubt it’s going to be any worse than the rebuild and all things considered, the rebuild went according to plan other than this past season – on paper, this team wasn’t a 2nd to last place team, they just didn’t have a leader behind the bench and just like winning, losing/mediocrity is contagious.

    • polegojim - May 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      Shoobie… be careful… don’t confuse ‘on ice’ attitude with ‘the man’.

      Have you ever met Patrick Roy off ice?
      Have you ever had a conversation with him?
      Have you ever seen him with a room of kids, giving them attention and autographs?

      I have and I really like the guy… and so do those who know him well.

  8. gr3710 - May 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    right when the Wings go to the East! good timing Roy. game 7 2002!

    • budzo83 - May 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      You’re an idiot.

  9. shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    I’m surprised such a notorious self-promoting quitter is doing this…

    …then I remember that as long as you suck for awhile, in todays NHL that just means you’ll be good soon.

    I have a feeling the Avs are going to quickly become a bunch of entitled arrogant ignorant douche bags. The team is always a reflection of the coach.

    • polegojim - May 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Based on what???

  10. adoombray - May 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Roy was known to be moody, hard to deal with, and some quick web searching will show you some clips from him coaching his kids team that would be hilarious if they weren’t so sad. He’s the Hockey version of Jordan in the sense that if he played in the social media / cell phone high definition video camera era, EVERYONE would hate him. Those Sakic/Forsberg/Roy teams were the height of my love for hockey, and I want to believe this is a good move, but I think this has train wreck written all over it

    • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Bingo. I agree 100000% with the Jordan comment. Winner, all time great but still overrated, and a piece of human trash.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        Patrick Roy is overrated? You’ve never watched hockey huh?

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        I’ve likely watched it longer than you’ve been alive. He’s overrated. He’s a great goalie, one of the best, but still overrated. He never had bad teams, even in Montreal. When his team broke down, he sucked. He wasn’t the savior he was made out to be. Part of the mystique comes from the media. He could never hold Hasek’s jock, but Hasek was a quirky foreigner and Roy was the french-cdn megahero.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Umm so he’s one of the best but overrated?

      • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Yes. By definition it’s perfectly possible.

        It’s just that when you use the word overrated, people reading it interpret it as accusing someone of sucking when that’s not at all necessarily true.

  11. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I love the hire for the Avs, HC and VP of hockey ops. All the players will be well aware who is running the ship and who will be the 1st to go.(it won’t be Sakic and Roy) Roy is no nonsense and should make for a lot of entertainment as well.

  12. acorp11 - May 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Woohoo!!! Welcome home Patrick

  13. hawkeedawg - May 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Snoobie, I guess all his Stanley Cups and who knows how many NHL records he holds make him overrated.
    Using your logic, than the following are all overrated.
    Gretzky
    Howe
    Richard
    Sawchuck
    Dryden
    Lemieux
    Orr
    Hull X 2
    Brady
    Montana
    Starr
    Aikman
    Manning X2
    Broduer
    Smith
    Bossy
    Potvin
    Bird
    Johnson

    …….anyone else, please add to the list of Snoobie’s overrated players

    • shoobiedoobin - May 23, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      That wasn’t even a good spin job. That was terrible. Roy has nothing to do with any of those names you posted. You may have early onset dementia.

      • hawkeedawg - May 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        So tell me facts and stats that prove Roy was/is overrated in your op.

      • shoobiedoobin - May 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

        I can’t just like you can’t prove he isn’t with facts. The idea, <— key word, is that we regard him as the best when he isn't. Hasek, Tretiak, maybe a couple others were better. He was great but was carried by great teams and outstanding defensive schemes.

  14. moogro - May 23, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Who will be the goalie coach?

    • jernster21 - May 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Don’t be surprised to see Francois Allaire whom was a mentor for Patrick Roy. He also specializes in the butterfly style, which, conveniently, is the style Semyon Varlamov plays.

      • andidee15 - May 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        Varlamov actually plays more of a hybrid stand-up style and relies more on his reflexes than positioning – more along the lines of Quick than anything else. However, his positioning has greatly improved since he started working with Giguere (Allaire’s other star pupil) over the past few years, so it’s very possible that Allaire would be a good fit for Varly if he can find a way to blend the two styles. We’ll see.

        If nothing else, Calvin Pickard plays a style that would suit Allaire perfectly. With Roy and Giguere in the organization, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see him hired next.

  15. proudliberal85392 - May 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    I thought blocking shots was a goalie’s main job. Did I miss something?

  16. proudliberal85392 - May 23, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Roy coaching Avs? This could be interesting.

  17. hockeydon10 - May 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    As a Wings fan, I hate this guy.

    I also recognize that he has a great hockey mind. He really thinks the game of hockey very well.

    On small thing I remember: one of his tricks during his playing days was to note who his centerman was on the ice. He’d work to freeze the puck to one side or the other based on this, to make faceoffs work for his team.

    He has be mind to coach a team. What remains to be seen is whether his temper makes him another Tortorella.

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