In a piece of unexpected news, an NHL coach has up and decided to quit his position with an NHL franchise.
According to TVA Sports, Patrick Roy, head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche, announced that he will leave the organization on Thursday.
Roy released this statement:
"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.
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."
Roy declined to comment further on his decision.
Avs' general manager Joe Sakic said earlier this year that he planned on bringing Roy back for the 2016-17 season. It now appears that the team will have to look for a new bench boss.
Roy, 50, has spent the past three seasons behind the bench for Colorado, compiling a total of record of 130-91-24.
He won the Jack Adams Award in his first year coaching the club, helping lead Colorado to the playoffs with a 52-win season in 2013-14, but the team has failed to reach the post-season since.