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Patrick Roy | Goalie

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (48) / 10/5/1965
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190
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Patrick Roy revealed how he wants the Avalanche roster to look at the start of the season.
"The plan is to carry eight defensemen, 13 forwards and two goalies," Roy said. It appears that the top eight defensemen include Nick Holden, Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie, Nate Guenin, Jan Hejda, Brad Stuart, Zach Redmond and Ryan Wilson. Forwards on the bubble likely are Joey Hishon, Paul Carey, Colin Smith, Dennis Everberg, Tomas Vincour and Ben Street. Of course, camp injuries could leave the door open for this to change. Sep 20 - 7:30 PM

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Joe Sakic is now the general manager of the Colorado Avalanche.

The former Avalanche GM, Greg Sherman, will stay on as the team's assistant general manager. While we can't know what goes on in the Avalanche's organization behind closed doors, from the outside looking in, this looks like just a change on paper. Sakic already outranked Sherman as the executive vice president of hockey operations (a title Sakic still holds) and had been the public face on the team's front office for some time now.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 19 - 4:02 PM

The Avalanche feel they got tougher and deeper during the off-season.

Jarome Iginla and Brad Stuart add veteran presences to the wing and defense, respectively. Daniel Briere was also acquired for P.A. Parenteau, while Zach Redmond and Jesse Winchester will play depth roles. "We felt, depth-wise, we didn't have enough," said executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic. "We had our injuries — they're not excuses — but that was a reality for us and we didn't have the depth to overcome it. We feel like we improved our third- and fourth-line depth. And we feel we got tougher — we feel we needed to get tougher."
Source: Denver Post
Aug 26 - 4:36 PM

The Colorado Avalanche didn't draft a single player that was shorter than six feet.

"I think these things have an ebb and flow to them, and every organization on draft day wants to get better. And that was our primary focus. But as an organization, we did want to get bigger," Avalanche top scout Rick Pracey said. "When you hear teams discussing their philosophies, generally I think it is a right now in the NHL, and we share that thought." Their first pick was Conner Bleackley, who stands at 6-foot-2, and then they followed that up with 6-foot-4 defenseman Kyle Wood in the third round. As Pracey noted, the desire to get bigger certainly isn't exclusive to the Avalanche.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 29 - 10:16 AM

The Colorado Avalanche are expected to target big players in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

"If you look at the players we drafted last year, the size is there, they are good skaters and good character players. I think we're just going to continue in the same direction," Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "The draft is very important to us and we want to continue to do what we have been doing, which is build from the inside." Avalanche top scout Rick Pracey added that the team isn't looking to simply draft the best player available. Instead, they're going to factor in their own depth charts when making their decisions.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 27 - 9:27 AM

Patrick Roy won the Jack Adams Award.

Roy's rookie campaign as an NHL bench boss went spectacularly. He inherited a team that finished last in the Western Conference in 2013 and turned them into a serious playoff contender. The Avalanche finished second in the Western Conference in 2013-14 with a 52-22-8 record.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 25 - 8:42 AM

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy thinks highly of the team's defense.

Roy acknowledged that it's not quite up to the level of the championship Los Angeles Kings' blueline, but he doesn't think it's far off. "I think the future of our franchise on the defensive side of the game is a lot better than people think it is," Roy said. The Avalanche might try to sign a complementary defenseman over the summer to help round out their top-six.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 22 - 9:23 AM

Colorado bench boss Patrick Roy is the oddsmakers choice to win the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's top coach.

Roy is listed as a 1/5 favorite. Other candidates are Detroit's Mike Babcock at 9/2 and Tampa's Jon Cooper at 10/1. Roy had a tremendous first year as an NHL coach guiding the Avs to an outstanding 52-win season and a playoff berth.
Jun 21 - 12:25 PM

Quebec City hockey fans will get a great chance to show the NHL how hungry they are for a hockey team when the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche square off in the eastern Quebec capital this fall for preseason action.

The Quebec Nordiques relocated to Colorado in 1995 and Quebec hockey fans have been clamoring for hockey’s return to the city ever since. That dream recently became a possibility with the construction of a new 18,000 seat stadium which is due to be finished in 2015. Even with the new stadium, the NHL has not guaranteed Quebec a franchise. But the league's return to Quebec City might make sense, based on the successful rebirth of the long lost Winnipeg Jets in 2011.
Jun 20 - 10:09 PM

NHL sources have said that Denver will not get an outdoor game during the 2014-15 season, but the city is likely to get one in 2015-16.

It isn't clear yet if the Colorado Avalanche will get to host the Winter Classic or a Stadium Series game. If they do get an outdoor game in the near future then it would probably take place at Coors Field.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 14 - 6:04 PM

It wouldn't be surprising if the Colorado Avalanche go after a top defenseman on the free agent market this summer.

One prime candidate could be Pittsburgh's Matt Niskanen, provided the Penguins can't re-sign him. Niskanen broke out in 2013-14 with 10 goals, 46 points, and a plus-33 rating. He's likely to command an annual salary of at least $5 million, but the Avalanche are in a fairly healthy cap position, so they might be willing to do that.
Source: Denver Post
May 11 - 9:03 AM

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy is one of the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award.

Mike Babcock and Jon Cooper are the other two nominees. The Avalanche finished last in the Western Conference in 2013, but under Roy's guidance, the team did a complete 180 this season. They won the Central Division with a 52-22-8 record.
Source: NHL.com
May 6 - 12:41 PM

Coach Patrick Roy is disappointed not to be moving on in the playoffs, but he's proud of what his players accomplished this season.

"One quality we had all year: We were never satisfied. Certainly not going to start tonight. It was a great experience all year," he said after Game 7's overtime loss to Minnesota. "It was fun to be part of it. I didn't want to see it end. I just want to say thanks to them. They made it fun. It's hard to talk like this right now, because everyone knows how much I like to win, but it was a great year. Next year in the playoffs, I think guys will react a little more calm in those situations. The toughest part will be not coming back tomorrow, preparing for Chicago. I'm sure tomorrow's going to hurt more." He went on to say that the Avs weren't ready to challenge for the Stanley Cup yet. Roy will be a favorite to win the Jack Adams Award, as coach of the year, after he helped guide the Avalanche to the Central Division title in 2013-14.
Source: Denver Post
May 1 - 12:00 PM

Colorado recorded a paltry 12 shots on goal in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Minnesota.

The Avalanche tied their franchise record for fewest shots in a playoff game, which the organization originally set on June 2, 2001 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils. "We just need to be involved," coach Patrick Roy said. "We need to make those plays. Hey, if you put a puck on net, it's possible you'll have to take a bodycheck. Our shots need to hit the net. We have to force their goalie to make the saves, and then our confidence will be coming back. Our execution is not there. We seem to be rushing plays." The series is tied 2-2 now with Game 5 scheduled for Saturday night.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 25 - 8:17 AM

The Colorado Avalanche secured their postseason spot with a 3-2 win against San Jose on Saturday.

Colorado was one of the league's worst teams last season and entered the 2013-14 campaign with low expectations. That being said, rookie head coach Patrick Roy has really done a great job getting the most out of his players. Along with vice president Joe Sakic, their presence has quickly reversed the Avalanche's culture and confidence levels.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 30 - 9:50 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Matt Duchene
2Nathan MacKinnon
3Daniel Briere
4John Mitchell
5Marc-Andre Cliche
6Tomas Vincour
LW1Ryan O'Reilly
2Gabriel Landeskog
3Jamie McGinn
4Cody McLeod
RW1Jarome Iginla
2Alex Tanguay
3Jesse Winchester
4Patrick Bordeleau
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Jan Hejda
4Brad Stuart
5Nate Guenin
6Ryan Wilson
7Nick Holden
8Maxim Noreau
9Zach Redmond
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Reto Berra