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Roy returns to hockey as coach/GM of QMJHL team

Hall of Fame goaltender resigned from Avalanche in 2016

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Patrick Roy, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and former coach of the Colorado Avalanche, returned to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League when he signed a two-year contract as coach and general manager Thursday.

Roy, 52, bought the Remparts in 1997 and took over as GM during the 2003-04 season. He became coach in 2005-06 and won the Memorial Cup his first season.

He continued in those roles until joining the Avalanche as coach and vice president of hockey operations on May 24, 2013. He coached the Avalanche for three seasons, resigning Aug. 11, 2016. Colorado made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013-14, his first season, and Roy won the Jack Adams Award as the coach of the year in the NHL.

In three NHL seasons he was 130-92-24, and 3-4 in seven playoff games.

Roy had been out of hockey since leaving the Avalanche but said Thursday he started thinking about a return when Philippe Boucher resigned as coach and GM of the Remparts two weeks ago.

Prior to coaching, Roy won the Stanley Cup four times (1986, 1993, 1996, 2001) in 19 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and Avalanche. He had an NHL record of 551-315-131 (ties) in 1,029 games, and is second in NHL history in victories to Martin Brodeur (691). Roy won the Vezina Trophy three times (1989, 1990, 1992) and is the only player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs three times (1986, 1993, 2001). 

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

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