The Colorado Avalanche have named their former all-star goaltender, Patrick Roy, as their next head coach.
Roy replaces Joe Sacco, who was let go on April 28. This is the first significant move by former Colorado Avalanche star Joe Sakic, who was recently promoted to Colorado’s Executive Vice-President of Hockey Operations and to assist general manager Greg Sherman.
Since retiring, Roy has spent eight seasons as the part-owner, head coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 2006, Roy led the Remparts to a Memorial Cup championship.
Interestingly with today’s announcement, Roy is the only current head coach in the National Hockey League who was a NHL goaltender.
And Roy was not your average goalie by any means. The hall of famer won three Conn Smythe Trophies, three Vezina Trophies and played in 11 NHL All-Star Games. He also has the most playoff wins by a goaltender with 151.