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Ex-goalie Roy named Avalanche coach

Patrick Roy speaks to fans during his retirement ceremony on November 22, 2008 in Montreal
Former Montreal Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy speaks to fans during his retirement ceremony before the game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on November 22, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Hall of Fame goaltender Roy, who backstopped Colorado

Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, who backstopped Colorado to National Hockey League titles in 1996 and 2001, has reached an agreement in principle to become the Avalanche's next coach.

The team announced the deal on Thursday making the 47-year-old Canadian the sixth coach in team history. In addition to two titles with Colorado, Roy led the Montreal Canadiens to Stanley Cup titles in 1986 and 1993.

"This is an unbelievable day for me," Roy said. "It's a new and exciting challenge that I am really looking forward to. Almost 10 years to the day that I announced my retirement as a player I am back in Denver."

Roy, traded by Montreal to Colorado in 1995, retired with 551 regular-season victories, the second-most in NHL history. His 151 playoff wins remain an NHL record. He is the only three-time playoff Most Valuable Player in NHL history, having won the award in 1986, 1993 and 2001.

Roy has spent the past eight seasons as coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts junior team in his hometown, guiding them to a 348-196 record and the 2006 Memorial Cup title as Canada's national junior champions.

"Patrick's passion for the game of hockey both as a player and as a coach defines who he is as a person," Avalanche President Josh Kroenke said. "He is a winner and is coming back to Denver where he created numerous special moments on and off the ice while helping lead us to two Stanley Cup championships."

Roy, whose jersey number 33 was retired by the Avalanche in 2003, won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie in 1989, 1990 and 1992.

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