Avalanche sign head coach Jared Bednar to two-year extension

Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar, centre, draws up a play. (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Colorado Avalanche are keeping Jared Bednar behind the bench, signing the head coach to a two-year extension on Tuesday.

“Jared has done a tremendous job behind the bench and has earned the opportunity to continue leading this team,” Avalanche executive VP and general manager Joe Sakic said in the team’s press release. “He is an outstanding coach who has the full trust of his players, coaches and staff. He has guided this franchise to two straight playoff appearances and we are excited with what this group can do moving forward.”

The 2018-19 season was Bednar’s third at the helm in Colorado. He led the young club to a 38-30-14 record for its second straight playoff appearance. After making a splash in the post-season, the team looks to be an even bigger threat in 2019-20.

“I’d like to thank Stan and Josh Kroenke, Joe Sakic and the entire Avalanche organization for continuing to show their faith in me to lead this team,” Bednar said in the press release. “I am grateful and honored to be the head coach of the Avalanche. We’re moving in the right direction with the group that we have here. This team has an exciting future and I am ecstatic to be part of it.”

Bednar, 47, was hired in August 2016 as the franchise’s seventh head coach in team history. The first-time head coach went on to guide the team to an overall record of 103-116-27 and earned a Jack Adams Award nomination in 2017-18.

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