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Patrick Roy's timeline as Avalanche coach

Tenure included winning Jack Adams Award after 2013-14 season

by Cutler Klein @CutlerKlein / Staff Writer

Patrick Roy resigned as coach and vice president of hockey operations of the Colorado Avalanche after three seasons on Thursday. He leaves with a 130-92-24 record and one Central Division title, and won the Jack Adams Award in 2014 as NHL coach of the year.

Here is a timeline of Roy's tenure as Avalanche coach:

May 23, 2013: Roy is hired as coach and vice president of hockey operations in Colorado. Earlier that month, the Avalanche promoted Roy's former teammate, Joe Sakic, to executive vice president of hockey operations. Sakic would assume the title of general manager before the 2014-15 season.

Oct. 2, 2013: Roy makes his regular-season coaching debut with a 6-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks and a shouting match with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. Roy nearly destroys the glass partition separating the two benches, and is fined $10,000 by the NHL for the incident.

Oct. 15, 2013: Roy wins his sixth straight game, tying the NHL record for consecutive wins by a rookie coach to start the season. The record was previously held by Mario Tremblay of the Montreal Canadiens in 1995-96.

April 13, 2014: The Avalanche clinch the Central Division with the St. Louis Blues' 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, one season after finishing last in the Western Conference. It's Colorado's first division title since 2002-03.

April 30, 2014: Nino Niederreiter scores the winning goal in overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 5-4 win against the Avalanche in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round. Roy's early pulling of goaltender Semyon Varlamov for an extra skater was crucial in stretching the series to seven games. The Avalanche tied Games 1 and 5 with less than two minutes to play before winning in overtime.

June 24, 2014: Roy wins the Jack Adams Award. Contenders included Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings and Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

April 4, 2015: The Avalanche are eliminated from playoff contention with the Winnipeg Jets' 5-4 victory against the Vancouver Canucks. Colorado finishes last in the Central Division, one year after winning it.

April 5, 2016: The Avalanche miss the playoffs for the sixth time in eight seasons following a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

July 31, 2016: Colorado signs defenseman Tyson Barrie to a four-year contract. Barrie was a key part of Roy's defense and the subject of trade rumors throughout his tenure.

Aug. 11, 2016: Roy resigns as Avalanche coach and vice president of hockey operations.

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