The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Pavel Francouz (pa-VEHL FRAN-soos) to a one-year contract for the 2019-20 campaign.

Francouz, 28, completed his first season of professional hockey in North America in 2018-19, posting a 27-17-3 record in 49 games for the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles. He recorded a 2.68 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage, which was tied for fifth in the league, and three shutouts. The Plzen, Czech Republic, native also played in two contests for the Avalanche, registering a 1.97 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage, both in relief appearances. Francouz was tabbed to represent the Eagles at the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic but did not participate due to injury.

"We are excited to have Pavel back with the Avalanche organization for another year," said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Joe Sakic. "He had a very strong first season in North America last year, being named an All-Star and leading the Eagles to the Calder Cup Playoffs. He brings extensive international experience and got a taste of the NHL last year and performed well."