Adrian Dater of The Denver Post confirms what was widely anticipated: Patrick Roy has become the new head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt anyone’s surprised at this point. Ever since Patrick’s brother Stephane let the cat out of the bag earlier this week, it was expected at some point the Avalanche would hire the Hall of Fame goaltender and owner/GM/coach of the Quebec Remparts as their new bench boss.
Roy is of course renowned for his success as one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, but he’s also gone on to success with the Remparts. Since taking over the club as coach in 2005-06, they’ve made the playoffs in every season, and won a Memorial Cup championship in 2006.
His famous temper, however, occasionally got the better of him, notably a dust-up with the co-owners of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in 2007, and earning a suspension in 2008 for reportedly encouraging his son to fight in a QMJHL playoff game against Chicoutimi. I doubt, however, his temper will become an issue into his new role with the Avs.
Roy was a good coach during his days in the “Q”, very actively involved and quite vocal. He was a good motivator, and considering the Avs performance in recent years, something their roster could use.