Patrick Roy will be the next coach of the Avalanche, according to Roy's brother, Stephane. "They're discussing the final details of an arrangement. Colorado is going to be very happy. Patrick is looking for a new challenge," said Stephane Roy, the younger brother of his famous sibling. The Avalanche would not confirm a deal is in place. Patrick Roy could not be reached for comment, nor could Avalanche vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic. Stephane Roy, who played briefly in the NHL, posted on his Facebook page Monday night, "For all my friends I'd like you to know before the official news spreads that my older brother will be the new coach of the Colorado Avalanch(sic)." Reached on the phone in Quebec, Stephane Roy confirmed he made the Facebook posting and reiterated to The Denver Post his belief that Patrick would succeed Joe Sacco as Avs coach. Roy, 47, has coached the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League since 2005, compiling a 307-128-32 record, including a Memorial Cup championship. Roy has a home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Stephane Roy said Sakic has been there for the last few days. "People in Quebec will be sad again that my brother is leaving for Denver," Stephane Roy said. "But he has always loved Denver too, and wants the new challenge of going back to his old team." If Roy is hired, it would cap a whirlwind last few days, after which Sakic said he was in no hurry to name a new coach. But Sakic acknowledged to The Post and to KKFN 104.3 FM that Roy was a candidate, and told KKFN: "I love Patrick. He was probably the greatest goalie that ever played. There's a guy who was a winner. That's all he wanted to do. I know he's done a tremendous job with his junior team in Quebec and for sure he's a guy that you would consider, yeah."
Patrick Roy will be new Colorado Avalanche coach, brother says
Denver Post | May 21