This move comes just two weeks after Roy quit as the team's head coach and vice president. Despite the shocking loss, the Avalanche seem very fond of Bednar, as general manager Joe Sakic called him "one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business."
Bednar never played in the NHL, but Colorado's front office believes he is a coach who demands respect, and will receive it from his players. He has been coaching at the minor pro level since 2002.
The new Avalanche coach reportedly won the job over the likes of Capitals' assistant Lane Lambert and Blackhawks' assistant Kevin Dineen. Bednar just completed his fourth season as a head coach in the AHL, but was an assistant in the league for three previous years.