DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche announced Sunday that head coach Joe Sacco has been relieved of his duties.
The news comes on the heels of a 16-25-7 season and a last place finish in the Western Conference standings with a mere 39 points.
“The organization believes a change of leadership behind the bench is needed going forward,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “Joe has worked for this franchise for eight seasons and he is a dedicated and hard-working coach. We appreciate all he has done and wish him the best in the future.”
In Sacco’s four years he guided the Avalanche to a 130-134-30 record and one playoff appearance in 2010.
Despite the firing, Sacco will find himself back on the bench later this week as the NHL playoffs begin. He will lead the U.S. squad at the world championships.
Sacco will take several Avalanche players along with him, including Paul Stastny and Erik Johnson.