Colorado Avalanche Decade in Review: 20 Memorable Moments

DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 30: Joonas Donskoi #72 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates a goal against the Florida Panthers with his bench at the Pepsi Center on October 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Panthers defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - OCTOBER 30: Joonas Donskoi #72 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates a goal against the Florida Panthers with his bench at the Pepsi Center on October 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Panthers defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 21: Head coach Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche looks on from the bench during their NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena February 21, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) /

15. Memorable Moment: Patrick Roy Resigns as Head Coach

On August 11, 2016, Patrick Roy announced his resignation from the position of head coach with the Colorado Avalanche. He left the team six weeks to find a new coach, and they settled on Jared Bednar.

If you were reading posts on Mile High Sticking that summer or the following one, you’ll know it was a very difficult moment for me. I’m not even going to pretend to be objective on this topic. Patrick Roy is my hero, and I saw him not only leave on his own terms, but get vilified for his decision. And that hurt.

Hurts still, to be honest.

Moving on.