DENVER -- A staple within the Colorado Avalanche organization is parting ways with the club as Patrick Roy announced his resignation on Thursday.
A release from Roy's press agency confirmed Roy resigned his duties Thursday after three years of acting as the Avalanche head coach and vice president of hockey operations, a dual position that gave Roy a great deal of power within the organization.
"I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level," Roy said. "To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-Hockey Operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team's performance. These conditions are not currently met."
In his announcement, Roy said the announcement is saddening, but didn't come without a great deal of thought behind the decision.
Roy thanked the Avalanche organization and its players, for which he played 478 games and coached 253.
Roy has two Stanley Cups to his name with the organization.
The Avalanche front office said they will begin immediately searching for a new head coach.