The Colorado Avalanche had some great seasons with netminder and hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy between the pipes and he now may be headed to the bench. No, Roy won’t be heading to the bench the way he did after getting blitzed back in 1995 while with the Montreal Canadiens, rather he’ll be returning to the Av’s bench as the next head coach, per a report in the Denver Post.
The Post is reporting that Roy’s brother tells them the former Av’s netminder is “close” to striking a deal that would make him the next head coach of the team he led to a Stanley Cup almost 15 years ago.
“They’re discussing the final details of an arrangement. Colorado is going to be very happy. Patrick is looking for a new challenge,” said Stephane Roy, the younger brother of his famous sibling.
Roy (which is actually pronounced “wah” like you’re mimicking the sounds of a karate master), will become the second member of the Stanley Cup team to take over in a prominent role within the Av’s organization. After Colorado fired head coach Joe Sacco, they hired hockey Hall of Famer and former Av’s captain Joe Sakic as the VP of Hockey Operations, essentially making him to the Avalanche what John Elway is to the Broncos.
Sakic’s first big move was to fill the head coaching vacancy left by the fired Sacco and he’s apparently found his guy in Roy. THe reunion will be one that not only pleases the nostalgic Avalanche fans dreaming about better days, but it will be a march into the future for a team loaded with young talent that hasn’t been properly utilized in recent years.
Colorado hasn’t been to the postseason since 2009, but they now have two Stanley Cup heroes running the team which means expectations are already starting to rise for a team that can be so much better than it has been.