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Patrick Roy resigning as Avalanche coach, hockey ops VP

Citing philosophical differences, Patrick Roy has decided to leave the Colorado Avalanche organization.
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Patrick Roy has resigned as the head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche.

Roy, who won two Stanley Cups with the team as a player, spent three seasons behind the bench, compiling a 130-92-24 record. He was named the Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL’s best bench boss in 2014 after guiding the Avs to a 52-22-8 mark.

He issued the following statement on Thursday:

"For the past three years, I have carried out my duties as Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche with energy, passion and determination.

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. 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.

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Today, I am informing you of my decision to leave the Colorado Avalanche organization. Though it saddens me, I have put much thought about this decision in recent weeks and have come to be fully comfortable with it.

I am grateful to the Colorado Avalanche organization, with which I remain in good terms, for letting me lead this great team. I thank all the players I have had the pleasure of coaching and the fans for their unwavering, unconditional support.

I remain forever loyal to the Avalanche with which I played 478 games, coached another 253, and won two Stanley Cups."