The Colorado Avalanche were rumored to have narrowed down their head coach search to a short list of names this week, which seemed to be headlined by Lake Erie Monsters head coach Jared Bednar.
Sure enough, it didn’t take long after the reports that he was a finalist candidate came out for the Avalanche to make things official.
On Thursday morning, the Avalanche confirmed the hiring of Bednar as the team’s new head coach. He will replace former head coach and Jack Adams winner Patrick Roy, who abruptly resigned from his position with the club as coach and Vice President of hockey operations earlier this August.
A native of Yorktown, Saskatchewan, Bednar led the Lake Erie Monsters (now the Cleveland Monsters, who serve as the AHL affiliate for the Columbus Blue Jackets) to a Calder Cup championship this spring.
He was subsequently inked to a multi-year extension with the minor league club, but it looks like that deal will be rendered moot at this point.
Bednar has shown clear ability to meet with success at the minor league level as a coach. He’ll head to Colorado with not only his Calder Cup championship under his belt, but an ECHL championship as head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays, as well- so if the Avalanche are hoping his winning strategies translate to other levels as well, they have plenty of evidence to go off of.