NHL

Roy abruptly resigns as Avalanche coach and executive

  • FILE - In this April 30, 2014, file photo, Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy talks during a news conference following Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild, in Denver. Minnesota beat Colorado 5-4 to win the series. Patrick Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. Roy made the announcement Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016,  through a public relations agency, two months before the start of the NHL regular season. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

    FILE - In this April 30, 2014, file photo, Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy talks during a news conference following Game 7 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild, in Denver. Minnesota beat Colorado 5-4 to win the series. Patrick Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. Roy made the announcement Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, through a public relations agency, two months before the start of the NHL regular season. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2013,  file photo, Colorado Avalanche's head coach Patrick Roy yells on the bench as Marc-Andre Cliche (24), John Mitchell (7) and Maxime Talbot (25) look on during third period action against the Winnipeg Jets in in Winnipeg. Patrick Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. Roy made the announcement Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016,  through a public relations agency, two months before the start of the NHL regular season. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2013, file photo, Colorado Avalanche's head coach Patrick Roy yells on the bench as Marc-Andre Cliche (24), John Mitchell (7) and Maxime Talbot (25) look on during third period action against the Winnipeg Jets in in Winnipeg. Patrick Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. Roy made the announcement Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, through a public relations agency, two months before the start of the NHL regular season. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015, file photo, Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy watches from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, in Dallas. Patrick Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. Roy made the announcement Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016,  through a public relations agency, two months before the start of the NHL regular season.  (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015, file photo, Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy watches from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, in Dallas. Patrick Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. Roy made the announcement Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, through a public relations agency, two months before the start of the NHL regular season. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)  (The Associated Press)

Patrick Roy has stepped down as coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche.

Roy made the announcement Thursday through a public relations agency, two months before the start of the NHL regular season.

The Hall of Fame goaltender spent the past three seasons as coach and VP of hockey operations for the team that he led to two Stanley Cups as a player. Colorado made the playoffs in Roy's first year behind the bench and missed the past two.

Roy cited his vision and the organization's vision not being aligned and his lack of say in team decisions as reasons for stepping down. He says he remains on good terms with the Avalanche.