Avalanche sign head coach Jared Bednar to two-year contract extension

The Jared Bednar era in Colorado was just extended for another two years.

The Avalanche reached an agreement with Bednar on a contract extension that keeps him with the team through the 2021-22 season. He completed his third year at the helm of the Colorado bench in 2018-19, reaching the postseason for the second straight year.

“I am grateful and honored to be the head coach of the Avalanche,” Bednar said in a press release. “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.”

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Bednar replaced Patrick Roy as Colorado’s head coach after Roy led the team to a ninth-place finish in the Western Conference in 2016. Bednar followed up a 22-56-4 record in his first season in 2016-17 before leading the Avalanche to back-to-back postseason appearances in 2018 and 2019, which featured a first-round series win over the Western conference champion Calgary Flames.

“Jared has done a tremendous job behind the bench and has earned the opportunity to continue leading this team,” executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic said. “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.”

A finalist for the Jack Adams award in 2018, Bednar earned his 100th win March 27 against the Golden Knights and led the Avalanche to consecutive postseasons for the first time since 2004.

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