Avs hire Jared Bednar as new head coach

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DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche have hired Jared Bednar as the new head coach.

The team made the announcement on Twitter Thursday morning.

“After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench,” the team website quoted Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic as saying.

“My family and I are thrilled to be heading to Denver to begin this new challenge,” the website quoted Bednar as saying. “I feel ready for this role with the Avalanche.”

Former Avalanche coach and vice president of hockey operations Patrick Roy abruptly left the organization this month after three seasons.

Roy, who helped the Avalanche win two Stanley Cup championships as a goalie, returned to the organization as coach in the 2013-14 season. The team went 52-22-8 and made the playoffs, but were bounced in the first round by the Minnesota Wild in seven games.

The past two seasons have been a struggle, with the Avalanche missing the playoffs and going a combined 78-80-16.