Roy walks away from position with Avalanche

In a stunning mid-August shake-up, Patrick Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche, citing disagreements with the organization.

Roy made the announcement Thursday through a public relations agency, two months before the start of the NHL regular season.

“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,” Roy said in a statement. “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.”

The Hall of Fame goaltender spent three seasons as coach and VP of hockey operations for the Avalanche. Colorado made the playoffs in Roy’s first year behind the bench and missed the past two.


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