Patrick Roy was named head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche on May 23, 2013.
Roy, a Hockey Hall of Famer, spent eight of his 19 seasons as a player with the Avalanche, helping the team to a pair of Stanley Cups.
"This is an unbelievable day for me," Roy said. "It's a new and exciting challenge that I am really looking forward to. I would like to thank Stan [Kroenke, owner] and Josh Kroenke for this opportunity as well as Joe Sakic for the trust they are putting in me. Almost 10 years to the day that I announced my retirement as a player I am back in Denver and hope the fans are as excited as I am."
In his role, Roy will work with Sakic, hired recently as the team's executive vice president of hockey operations, on player personnel decisions.
"All along Patrick was our top candidate and we are thrilled that he has decided to accept this offer," Sakic said. "Patrick has a great hockey mind, is a tremendous coach and there is no one more passionate about this game. He will bring that winning attitude to our dressing room to help this young team grow."
Roy has spent the past eight seasons as head coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, a team he also co-owns. He guided the Remparts to a 348-196-0 record (.640) in 544 regular-season games, and led the team to the 2006 Memorial Cup.
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk