DENVER (CBS4)– The Colorado Avalanche has signed head coach Jared Bednar for a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the club until the 2023-24 season.
“Jared has established himself as one of the best coaches in the NHL,” said Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic. “He is a great leader who has the complete confidence of our players and staff. Under his leadership, our team has continued to make great progress and improve every year. We know he is the right person. to help us take that next step and compete for a Stanley Cup. ”
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In his sixth season as Colorado head coach, Bednar is 191-154-40 and is two wins away from equaling Bob Hartley as the most successful coach in history. of the Avalanche. Overall, Bednar’s 191 wins only drag Michel Bergeron (265) and Hartley (193) into Quebec / Colorado franchise history. The 385 games led by Bednar are the most important in Avalanche history and the second in franchise history behind Bergeron (634).
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The Avs have qualified for the playoffs in each of the past four seasons, which ranks as the third longest streak of playoff appearances in franchise history. Bednar has guided Colorado to a 24-18-1 record in 43 career playoff games, the second-best playoff winning percentage (0.558) among active head coaches.
“I am grateful and excited to have the opportunity to continue to lead this team and build on what we have achieved so far,” said Jared Bednar. “We know we haven’t reached our ultimate goal yet, but we are confident in the squad we have and we will continue to work hard to get there. I would like to thank Stan and Josh Kroenke, Joe Sakic and the entire Avalanche organization for their continued trust in me. My family and I love Colorado and are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful community.
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In the 2020-21 season, Bednar led the Avalanche to the Presidents’ Trophy and the Honda West Division Championship. Colorado’s first overall result came just four years after finishing last overall in Bednar’s first season in 2016-17. The Avs became the first NHL team to go from worst to first in four seasons or less since the Bruins in 1970-71.