DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche announced Wednesday the appointment of Francois Giguere as the club's Executive Vice President & General Manager to lead the day-to-day operations of the club.
"When we listed all the necessary attributes for this position, one name became clear in our minds," said Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix. "Francois embodies all the requirements a strong executive needs in today's NHL. His knowledge of our industry and its many complicated elements together with his understanding of this organization and our expectations each season make him the ideal candidate to lead this franchise into the coming years."
Giguere, 42, returns to the franchise where he began his hockey tutelage over 16 years ago. During that time, Giguere has been involved with nearly every facet of an NHL hockey operation. Before spending the last five years with the Dallas Stars as Assistant General Manager, Giguere served as Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2000-01 season. His roots with the organization date back to 1990 when he served as controller in the finance department with the Quebec Nordiques. In addition, he's held hockey administration (1992-95); Assistant GM (1995-00) and VP Hockey Operations (2000-01) posts within the organization.
"I was closely involved with Pierre during this process," said Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke. "Francois fits the profile that we all agreed would be necessary to lead this franchise into the next decade. He's a quality individual with all of the necessary credentials to continue the winning tradition that the Avalanche has established."
"My family and I are extremely happy to be able to return to Colorado," said Giguere. "I'm excited about the challenge of maintaining the level of excellence that the Avalanche has always held. I can assure Avalanche fans that those standards will be the focal point of my work on a daily basis."
During his tenure with the Avalanche, he was instrumental in developing and managing the hockey operations budget, and worked closely with Lacroix on contract negotiations, arbitration cases, player transactions and matters involving player personnel. He was also responsible for overseeing player development and player personnel staff and was the club's central liaison with its minor league hockey affiliates.
A 1985 graduate of Laval University where he obtained a degree in Administration, a license in accounting and a law certificate, Giguere worked for three years with a prominent Quebec accounting firm Caron Belanger Ernst and Young before being hired by the Nordiques as controller in 1990. His role with the Nordiques was expanded in 1992 to include hockey administration responsibilities by then General Manager Pierre Page who needed additional support after Page assumed the Head Coaching role with the Nordiques in 1991. Giguere was named as Assistant GM by Pierre Lacroix before the shortened 1994-95 season and accompanied the franchise in its move to Colorado in May, 1995.
Giguere arrives in Denver with wife Brigitte, son Philippe (15) and daughter Frederique (12).
CAREER TIMELINE OF FRANCOIS GIGUERE
1990 - Hired by the Quebec Nordiques as Controller in the Finance Department, following a three-year stint with a prominent Quebec accounting firm
1992 - Role as Controller expanded into Hockey Operations Administrator by Pierre Page, Quebec General Manager and Head Coach
1995 - Appointed as the Nordiques' Assistant General Manager by Pierre Lacroix...Relocated to Denver, CO May 1995 with Avalanche organization
2000 - Promoted to Colorado Avalanche Vice President of Hockey Operations
2002 - Hired as Dallas Stars Assistant General Manager