A young Lake Erie Monsters fan holds up his sign behind the Monsters bench with coach Jared Bednar standing at right wearing a jacket and tie during a game against the Iowa Wild on Oct. 16, 2015, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Colorado Avalanche have hired Jared Bednar as their new head coach. (Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer)
DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche have hired Jared Bednar as their new head coach.
Bednar replaces Patrick Roy, who abruptly stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations earlier this month.
The 44-year-old Bednar won the American Hockey League's Calder Cup championship as coach of the Lake Erie Monsters last season. He also won the ECHL's Kelly Cup in 2009 with the South Carolina Stingrays.
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President of hockey operations and general manager Joe Sakic said upon Roy's sudden resignation that he'd look outside the organization for Colorado's next coach. He did just that with Bednar, who had been in the Columbus system.