Report: Patrick Roy to be next Avalanche head coach

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Updated: 5/21/2013 4:34 pm

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Patrick Roy is in line to become the next head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

On Tuesday, Roy's younger brother Stephane confirmed to the Post that the Hall of Fame goaltender will eventually be tabbed to take the reins of the club which he helped lead to a pair of Stanley Cup titles after his arrival in a blockbuster trade with Montreal in December of 1995.

He will fill the vacancy left when the club fired Joe Sacco upon the end of the regular season on April 28.

After retiring following a first-round playoff exit in 2003, Roy became the coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2005. He is also the club's general manager and co-owner. The team won the Memorial Cup title in 2006.

The Avalanche acquired Roy and forward Mike Keane in exchange for Andrei Kovalenko, Martin Rucinsky and Jocelyn Thibault, then went on to win their first Stanley Cup in the spring of '96. Colorado added a second title in 2001, when he was also named the Conn Smythe winner as playoff MVP for a third time. His first two Conn Smythe wins came with the Habs.

Roy finished his brilliant career with a record of 551-315-160 with 66 shutouts and a 2.54 goals-against average. He was a three-time Vezina Trophy winner -- all with Montreal -- and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

Joe Sakic, a 2012 Hall of Fame inductee and the captain of the Avalanche championship teams, is the current Colorado executive vice president of hockey operations.

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