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Avs name Sakic VP of hockey operations

Denver, CO – The Colorado Avalanche shook up their front office on Friday, relieving team president Pierre Lacroix of his duties and selling Hall of Famer Joe Sakic to executive vice president of hockey operations.

The club also announced that Josh Kroenke, son of proprietor E. Stanley Kroenke, will exchange Lacroix, who will continue to be in the organization as an advisor.

"I am thrilled to announce that Joe Sakic has agreed to become executive vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche http://www.nhlstoreofficial.com/Devils_Martin_Brodeur_Jersey," Josh Kroenke mentioned in a statement. "In that part, Joe will be in charge of all hockey- relevant decisions moving forward. With his credentials, presence and expertise of the game, Joe will be a essential ingredient in creating certain that with each other we reach our potential goals."

Sakic spent his whole NHL occupation with the Colorado Avalanche franchise http://www.nhlstoreofficial.com/Lightning_Steven_Stamkos_Jersey, dating back to its days in Quebec. He captained the Avalanche to a pair of Stanley Cups (1996, 2001) and retired following the 2008-09 season with 1,641 factors, eighth-most in league historical past. Jaromir Jagr has given that passed Sakic, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame final fall, for eighth spot.

"Last week, Josh reached out to me about the chance of a bigger position," Sakic mentioned in a statement. "Right after those discussions, I actually think that Stan and Josh are committed to this franchise and want us to get back to exactly where we employed to be and compete for the Stanley Cup. Simply because of their commitment, it's undoubtedly the proper time for me to take a more lively role."

The 43-year-old Sakic just finished his second season as the club's executive advisor/alternate governor. A single of Sakic's 1st duties will be to locate a new head coach.

The standard manager position will remain unchanged, with Greg Sherman remaining on staff.

Kroenke inherits Lacroix's responsibilities after serving as crew governor the last three many years.

"A few years ago, Pierre Lacroix expressed his wishes to relinquish the title of president http://www.nhlstoreofficial.com/Devils_Ilya_Kovalchuk_Jersey," Kroenke stated. "At that time, we felt Pierre must hold the title of president although I gained knowledge. Pierre will continue to be a beneficial resource for all of us."

Kroenke, 33, will proceed to serve as the president and governor of the NBA's Denver Nuggets.