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Roy introduced as Avalanche coach

Patrick Roy, left, was recently introduced as the new head coach/vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche
Patrick Roy is excited about coaching his former team.
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DENVER (AP)

The Colorado Avalanche introduced Patrick Roy as their new coach Tuesday, turning to the Hall of Fame goalie to revive a franchise he once led to prominence.

Roy met the media for the first time on Tuesday since reaching a deal last week. In addition to coaching, he will also serve as vice president of hockey operations.

The 47-year-old Roy joins forces with former teammate-turned-executive Joe Sakic to fix a squad that's missed the playoffs three straight seasons. Roy and Sakic helped the Avs to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001.

''Joe and I had an opportunity to be part of something in the past,'' Roy said. ''I think we're going to be part of something special in the future.''

Roy has stayed busy since his retirement a decade ago. He's operated as coach and general manager for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League over the last eight seasons.

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