DENVER - The new head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, Patrick Roy, said his goal is to bring the Stanley Cup back to Denver.
"The Avalanche means a lot to me and if there's an organization I wanted to work with, it's this one," Roy said during his formal introduction Tuesday afternoon at the Pepsi Center.
He sat beside the newly named team president, Josh Kroenke, and executive vice president Joe Sakic.
"It’s a challenge I wanted to give a try," he also said.
The trio represents entirely new leadership for the team. Kroenke and Sakic were elevated to their new roles on May 10.
Roy was previously offered the Avs' head coaching job in 2009, but turned it down for family reasons. Reporters asked him why the time was right now to return to Denver. Roy replied that he had to be in Canada to support his family, but that his children were now out of the house.
"They've been there for me throughout my career and it was important for me to be there for them as well," he said.
In addition to his head coaching duties, Roy will also work with Sakic, a former teammate, in personnel decisions.
"Joe and I get along really well and I think it is a perfect situation for both of us," Roy said.
Roy has spent the last eight seasons as head coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006 and retired with the most regular season wins in NHL history (551), a number that currently ranks second all-time.
The Quebec City native backstopped the Montreal Canadiens to two Stanley Cup championships. Traded to Colorado in 1995, Roy led the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup during the club's first season in Denver in 1996, and again in 2001. He is the only goaltender in NHL history to win 200 or more games with two different teams.
Roy, who is the Avalanche’s all-time leader in nearly every statistical category, had his No. 33 retired by the organization on Oct. 28, 2003.
Setting the tone Tuesday for his new role, Roy said, "We are going to have a Stanley Cup attitude."