Former Avalanche player, coach returns to Quebec Remparts as coach, general manager

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QUEBEC CITY — Former Avalanche player and coach Patrick Roy has returned to the Quebec Remparts as coach and general manager.

The Hall of Fame goalie signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team.

The 52-year-old Roy previously acted as part-owner, coach and general manager of the Remparts from 2005-2013, winning a Memorial Cup in 2006.

“The Remparts have always been my passion,” he said.

Roy left the Remparts in 2013 for a three-year stint as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche, during which he won the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL coach of the year in 2014.

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 Quebec City native has not closed the door on an eventual return to the NHL, but said he hasn’t received any offers since his abrupt departure from Colorado, where he felt he was being shut out of hockey decisions.

Roy returns to a team that has moved out of the Quebec Colisee into the 18,259-seat Videotron Centre and which is now owned by media company Quebecor.

Quebecor president and CEO Pierre-Karl Peladeau attended the news conference with Roy, Quebecor-Sports head Martin Tremblay and Remparts president Jacques Tanguay.

“Coming back to run the Remparts is like a gift to myself,” Roy said. “I lived through some very good years behind the bench. I consider it a privilege to come back to my city to coach this team.”

Roy was traded to the Avalanche in the 1995-96 season, its first season in Colorado, and helped it win the Stanley Cup, the first major professional sports championship in the state.

Five years later, the Avalanche won a second title. Roy retired after the 2002-03 season.

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