Avalanche legend Joe Sakic named VP

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Joe Sakic during an Avs game in 1997. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Joe Sakic during an Avs game in 1997. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER — The Avalanche named Hall of Famer Joe Sakic to be the new executive vice president of hockey operations while Josh Kroenke will take over as team president.

“Having had the privilege of learning under a mentor like Pierre Lacroix, and then spending the past few seasons as governor, I feel ready to become much more involved on a daily basis,” Kroenke said in a team statement.

Sakic, 43, has advised the Avalanche for the past two seasons. He will be in charge of all hockey-related decisions, said Kroenke.

“With his credentials, presence and knowledge of the game, Joe will be a key ingredient in making sure that together we reach our future goals,” Kroenke said.

The Avs have yet to replace fired coach Joe Sacco as well as fill a vacancy at assistant coach.