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Bednar signs two-year extension to remain coach of Avalanche

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Jared Bednar signed a two-year contract extension as coach of the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. The extension runs through the 2021-22 season.

The Avalanche went 38-30-14 last season and reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in Bednar's three seasons as coach.

They defeated the Calgary Flames in five games in the Western Conference First Round, their first series victory since 2008, before losing to the San Jose Sharks in seven games in the second round.

"I'd like to thank Stan and Josh Kroenke, (general manger) Joe Sakic and the entire Avalanche organization for continuing to show their faith in me to lead this team," Bednar said. "I am grateful and honored to be the head coach of the Avalanche. We're moving in the right direction with the group that we have here. This team has an exciting future and I am ecstatic to be part of it."

The 47-year-old is 103-116-27 in three seasons with the Avalanche and is 9-9 in 18 playoff games. He was hired Aug. 25, 2016, replacing Patrick Roy.

"Jared has done a tremendous job behind the bench and has earned the opportunity to continue leading this team," Sakic said. "He is an outstanding coach who has the full trust of his players, coaches and staff. He has guided this franchise to two straight playoff appearances and we are excited with what this group can do moving forward."

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