The Colorado Avalanche announced Thursday that Patrick Roy has reached an agreement in principle to be the team's new coach and vice president of hockey operations. "This is a very exciting day for our fans and a significant moment in our organization's history," Avalanche president Josh Kroenke said in a statement issued by the team. "Patrick's passion for the game of hockey both as a player and as a coach defines who he is as a person." ...more
Tim Army was named as Colorado's assistant coach/video on June 16, 2011. Army spent six seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Providence College (Hockey East). Army was an assistant coach in the NHL for nine seasons, spending four years with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993- 94 to 1996-97) and five years with the Washington Capitals (1997-98 to 2001-02). ...more
Andre Tourigny joined the Colorado Avalanche as assistant coach on June 24, 2013. Tourigny spent the previous 11 seasons as head coach and general manager of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He compiled a 337-336-20 record in 693 games behind the Huskies’ bench, which set a QMJHL record for most games coached with the same franchise. ...more
Francois Allaire was hired as Goalie Coach for the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 2013-14 season. Allaire has spent 27 seasons coaching goaltenders in the NHL, including 12 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens (1984-85 to 1995-96), 12 with the Anaheim Ducks (1996-97 to 2008-09) and three with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2009-10 to 2011-12). ...more
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It was definitely emotional. I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself. Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I've had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.