DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche have introduced Patrick Roy as their new coach as they turn to the Hall of Fame goalie to revive a franchise he once led to prominence.
Roy met the media for the first time on Tuesday since reaching a deal last week. In addition to coaching, he will also serve as vice-president of hockey operations.
The 47-year-old Roy joins forces with former teammate-turned-executive Joe Sakic to fix a squad that's missed the playoffs three straight seasons. Roy and Sakic helped the Avs to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001.
Roy has stayed busy since his retirement a decade ago. He's operated as coach and general manager for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League over the last eight seasons.
It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.
— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday