Avalanche name Josh Kroenke team president and Joe Sakic VP of Hockey Operations

DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche has named Josh Kroenke the team's president and former team captain Joe Sakic executive vice president of hockey operations.

The team also said Pierre Lacroix will remain with the organization as an advisor.

"Having had the privilege of learning under a mentor like Pierre Lacroix, and then spending the past few seasons as governor, I feel ready to become much more involved on a daily basis," said Kroenke, who explained Lacroix had expressed a desire to relinquish the role of president a few years ago.

Kroenke, 33, has spent the last three years as the Avalanche’s governor, working closely with the organization and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment executives on multiple business operation issues. In addition to his role as president and governor of the Avalanche, Kroenke will continue to serve as the president and governor of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets.

Sakic, 43, said Kroenke had reached out to him about a week ago about the new role. He'd previously been serving as executive advisor and alternate governor.

"I know that the foundation of this club is there and with the tremendous hockey staff currently in place and working with Josh and Greg, we will be successful," Sakic said.

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