Patrick Roy will become the next head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced Thursday.
The Avs said they’ve reached an agreement in principle with Roy, who will become the franchise’s new coach and vice president of hockey operations. The former goalie spent parts of eight seasons with Colorado and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.
Roy began his career with Montreal, winning two Stanley Cup trophies for the Canadiens. But things began to sour in a game against Detroit on Dec. 2, 1995, when Roy allowed nine goals before he was finally taken out in the second period. Roy was so irate he told Montreal it was his last game for the team.
Four days later, he was dealt to Colorado. A few months later, Roy helped the Avs capture their first Stanley Cup.
A banner to commemorate the achievement now hangs from the Pepsi Center rafters, and the Avs retired Roy’s familiar No. 33 sweater a decade ago. It hangs alongside those of Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21) and Ray Bourque (77).
The Avalanche fired Joe Sacco on April 28 after a season in which the team finished last in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs for a third straight season.
Soon after, the team shook up the front office, with Josh Kroenke taking over as team president from Pierre Lacroix, the architect behind the Cup-winning teams in 1996 and 2001.
Kroenke’s first order of business was promoting Sakic from a largely ceremonial role with the franchise to executive vice president of hockey operations, giving the Hall of Famer a say in just about everything, including the new coach.
Roy retired in 2003 as the all-time winningest goalie with 551 victories, a mark that has since been surpassed by Martin Brodeur of New Jersey.
Since his retirement, Roy has been helping out the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He’s served as the team’s co-owner, general manager and coach.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.