Hall of Famer Patrick Roy is back with the Avalanche and said Tuesday that "now more than ever it was time to realize another dream and be a coach in the NHL."
Former teammate Joe Sakic, who was appointed executive vice president of hockey operations two weeks ago, said Roy "was always my top candidate."
Roy has received a four-year contract with an option for the fifth. Money amount was not disclosed.
Team president Josh Kroenke said hiring Roy is a "significant moment in the organization's history."
The former goalie also will serve as vice president of hockey operations, creating an interesting working relationship with Sakic. Roy will also be involved in player-personal decisions.
Roy's explanation of how he and Sakic will divide duties will be a hot topic in the coming weeks. The team has said Sakic will have final say in personnel matters. Look for more updates and more of Roy's comments after Tuesday's news conference at denverpost.com.
Roy has spent the past eight seasons as head coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He guided the Remparts to the 2006 Memorial Cup title as the Canadian Hockey League champions.
Roy was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006. He retired with the most regular-season wins in NHL history (551), a number that now ranks second all-time.