DENVER (The Sports Xchange) – Patrick Roy resigned as coach and vice president of the hockey operations of the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, citing a lack of a voice within the team’s decision-making process.
Colorado executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic confirmed the move and noted that the club will begin a search for a new coach immediately.
“For the past three years, I have carried out my duties as head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche with energy, passion and determination,” the 50-year-old Roy said in the statement.
“I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level. To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-hockey operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team’s performance. These conditions are not currently met.”
Sakic, who hired Roy on May 23, 2013, thanked Roy for his contributions to the team.
“Patrick informed me of his decision today,” Sakic said. “We appreciate all he has done for our organization and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
Roy was named the Jack Adams Award winner as the league’s best coach during his rookie season with the Avalanche in 2013-14. He guided the club to 112 points and a first-place finish in the Central Division, but Colorado was upset by Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs and has missed the postseason in each of the last two years.
The Avalanche posted a 39-39-4 mark in 2015-16 and fell five points shy of the Wild for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
A Hall of Fame goaltender, Roy won four Stanley Cups — two apiece with the Montreal Canadiens and the Avalanche.