Quebec Remparts’ Patrick Roy Returns to Avalanche

Quebec Remparts’ Patrick Roy Returns to Avalanche

Courted for the first time in 2009 by the Colorado Avalanche, Patrick Roy denied his chance to rekindle his old flame. This time he chose differently by agreeing to become the head coach and vice-president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche.

The rumour that had been circulating for a few days was finally confirmed last week. Patrick Roy will return to the NHL. Since his retirement in 2003, he has become the co-owner of the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. 

His famous #33 jersey has been hung from the rafters of the Pepsi Center in Denver, since his retirement in October 2003. On Tuesday, He will meet with the media in Denver, before doing the same in Quebec City on Wednesday.

“This is an incredible day for me. This is a new and exciting challenge that I am eager to meet. I want to thank the Kroenke family for this opportunity, as well as Joe Sakic, for the trust they placed in me. Ten years after announcing my retirement as a player, I get to return to Denver and I hope the fans are as excited as me,” were his first brief comments.

Working Alongside Joe Sakic

Roy is leaving the Quebec Remparts after earning a record of 348 wins to 196 losses in addition to winning the Memorial Cup in 2006. This season he became the first coach in the history of circuit to compile eight winning seasons in a row.

In the Avalanche, Roy will share hockey decisions with former teammate Joe Sakic, who was appointed Executive Vice President Hockey Operations on May 10th.

“Patrick has a good head in hockey and is an excellent coach and there is no one more passionate about the sport that he iswelcomed the former Nordiques player in the same statement.

Again according Sakic, Roy, who became the sixth head coach of the Avalanche and the 14th in franchise history coming from Quebec, his choice proved popular from the beginning of the hiring process.

“He was our first candidate throughout the process and we are pleased that he has accepted our offer,” he added.

Parenteau Happy

As for one of the two Quebecers in the alignment, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (the other being Jean-Sébastien Giguère) mentioned that choosing Roy fit perfectly with the team orientation.

“We needed a change of mentality. Roy will be good for young talented players on our team. I do not know him personally, but I have heard that he was a tough and demanding coach. He manages to bring out the best from his players.
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