Former NHL legend, Patrick Roy coaching the Colorado Avalanche

NHL Legend Has Reportedly Turned Down Multiple Coaching Offers From The NHL

Published January 10, 2024 at 3:30 PM

Last summer, Patrick Roy made headlines by stepping down from his roles as head coach and general manager of the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL. Despite expressing a desire for an NHL coaching comeback, Roy hasn't taken the reins of any team, even amid coaching changes in the league.

However, recent reports suggest that Roy had opportunities to return to the NHL but declined. According to Montreal radio host Ray Cloutier from 98.5 Sports FM, Roy turned down two coaching offers from Western Conference teams.

Cloutier shared on air (translated from French):
"It's a lot more difficult to travel in the West than in the East. [...] In Denver, there was jet lag very, very often. In the long run, with all the travels, he had already told me about that burden, and I think that's one of the reasons why he wasn't interested as much in those offers. As you get older, these small details become important in your eyes, in your decisions, I believe."

If Roy decides to make a return to the NHL coaching scene, it would mark his second coaching stint. During his three years with the Avalanche, he achieved notable success, winning the Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach of the year in 2014. However, he resigned after consecutive playoff misses, making way for the current Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, who guided the team to a championship in 2022.

Aside from coaching, Roy served as the general manager of the Remparts, leading them to Memorial Cup championships in 2006 and 2023. Reflecting on his illustrious playing career, Roy, a four-time Stanley Cup winner, showcased his skills with the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, earning numerous accolades, including the Conn Smythe and Vezina trophies.

Source: Hockeyfeed
January 10   |   190 answers
NHL Legend Has Reportedly Turned Down Multiple Coaching Offers From The NHL

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