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Patrick Roy Leaving Avalanche Organization

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Hall of Fame Goalie was Team’s Head Coach, VP of Hockey Operations


The Colorado Avalanche have received some rather shocking news today and it puts them in a pretty tough spot with training camp just about a month and a half away.

Patrick Roy has decided to resign as the team’s head coach and vice president of hockey operations.

Roy, who was hired prior to the 2013-14 season, spent three seasons in both positions. His first season was clearly his most successful, leading the Avalanche to the Central Division crown and winning the Jack Adams award for coach of the year.

The four-time Stanley Cup champion released a statement today stating the reason he decided to leave the organization. Part of that statement read, “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 to 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.”

Roy, who backstopped Colorado to the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001, leaves with a 130-92-24 record. Despite having a winning record, the Avalanche failed to reach the playoffs the last two seasons. With how big of a competitor he is, that surely bothered Roy and he voiced his frustration late in the season.

This past April, the Hall of Famer was critical of his core group, stating that the team needed more leadership and the mindset in the locker room needed to change.

Colorado now only has about five or six weeks to fill both spots before training camp gets underway next month.