Colorado Avalanche: Head coach Jared Bednar signs new contract

Jared Bednar has guided the Colorado Avalanche to a 21-15-5 record Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar has signed a new two-year contract extension. Bednar, 40, led the team to a first-ever Stanley Cup…

Colorado Avalanche: Head coach Jared Bednar signs new contract

Jared Bednar has guided the Colorado Avalanche to a 21-15-5 record

Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar has signed a new two-year contract extension.

Bednar, 40, led the team to a first-ever Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2016, when they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The new deal, confirmed on Tuesday, means Bednar will end his three-season reign with a club that had missed the playoffs the previous two seasons.

In the first six years of the current NHL campaign, Bednar has led the Avs to a 90-85-15 record.

“We want to give you the best chance possible to win a Stanley Cup, and I think Jared has proven that he can develop, motivate and build a winning team,” Avs owner Josh Kroenke said.

Before joining the Avs, Bednar was the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters, who were most recently based in Cleveland, Ohio.

He previously served as assistant coach of the Nashville Predators between 2011 and 2013 and prior to that was head coach of the University of Maine from 2010 to 2012.

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