What to Expect from Patrick Roy Coaching Experiment with Colorado Avalanche

September 13th, 2013 by Rick Sadowski Leave a reply »

The hockey buzz is back in Colorado, where the Colorado Avalanche are showing signs of becoming relevant again after three consecutive seasons without an appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the first hat trick of failure for the franchise since its arrival from Quebec in 1995.

The return of Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy as head coach, a decade after he retired as a player, is the reason apathy has turned into enthusiasm, along with the fact that another Denver icon, Hall of Fame center Joe Sakic, has been given the reins as executive president of hockey operations.

Roy, who backstopped the Avalanche to Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001, is as popular as ever after a 10-year absence. How so? Even he was taken aback after being recognized by a customer during a recent visit to a Denver coffee shop.

"Hey, coach, how are you doing today?" Roy related. I was like, Oh, yeah, that's me. The people here are so great. Honestly, they make me feel so welcome and I appreciate that a lot.

I'm so happy to reconnect with them and have the same goal, seeing this team winning the Stanley Cup. This i ...

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