Colorado Avalanche Hires New Coach Jared Bednar
Great news, Avalanche fans! The Colorado Avalanche finally have a new coach, Jared Bednar. Some of you might be saying “What happened to Roy?” Roy announced his resignation from the team two weeks ago, claiming he did not have enough input in building the roster. This forced the Avalanche to frantically look for a new head coach.
After two weeks of searching, the Avalanche announced that Jared Bednar will be the new man behind the bench. Bednar is coming off of his best season as a head coach of the AHL Lake Erie Monsters. Lake Erie just won the American Hockey League championship trophy, the Calder Cup. This is not his only championship. In 2009, Bednar won the Kelly Cup, the championship trophy for the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays. For those of you that do not know what the ECHL is, it is the league the Colorado Eagles play in.
Bednar started his career as a journeyman player in the AHL, ECHL, and the IHL. Bednar played his entire career as a defenseman, which is good for the Avalanche because that is where they need the most help. One year after retiring, Bednar traded in his skates for a suit and tie. He became the assistant coach of his former team the South Carolina Stingrays. Bednar was an assistant for five years before becoming the new head coach for two years. His second year was the year he won the Kelly Cup Championship.
Immediately after his championship win he moved up to the AHL as an assistant for the Abbotsford Heat. It only took one season before Bednar took over as the head coach of the Peoria Rivermen, staying there for just two seasons. He then spent two more seasons as an assistant in the AHL before becoming the head coach of the Springfield Falcons for a single season. The 2015-2016 season would be his final year in the minors, winning a championship with the Lake Erie Monsters.
Now he is the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche making his debut to the NHL with a solid core of players. He only has one month to prepare before the Avalanche’s first preseason game against the Wild September 27th. Here is hoping he can continue his coaching success in the NHL.