Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche shook up their front
office on Friday, relieving team president Pierre Lacroix of his duties and
promoting Hall of Famer Joe Sakic to executive vice president of hockey
The club also announced that Josh Kroenke, son of owner E. Stanley Kroenke,
will replace Lacroix, who will remain 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," Kroenke said in a
statement. "In that role, Joe will be in charge of all hockey-related
decisions moving forward. With his credentials, presence and knowledge of the
game, Joe will be a key ingredient in making sure that together we reach our
Sakic spent his entire NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche franchise,
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
points, eighth-most in league history. Jaromir Jagr has since passed Sakic,
who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last fall, for eighth place.
"Last week, Josh reached out to me about the possibility of a bigger role,"
Sakic said in a statement. "After those discussions, I really believe that
Stan and Josh are committed to this franchise and want us to get back to where
we used to be and compete for the Stanley Cup. Because of their commitment,
it's definitely the right time for me to take a more active role."
The 43-year-old Sakic just completed his second season as the club's executive
advisor/alternate governor. One of Sakic's first tasks will be to find a new
The general manager position will remain unchanged, with Greg Sherman
remaining on staff.
Josh Kroenke inherits Lacroix's responsibilities after serving as team
governor the last three years.
"A few years ago, Pierre Lacroix expressed his wishes to relinquish the title
of president," Kroenke said. "At that time, we felt Pierre should keep the
title of president while I gained experience. Pierre will continue to be a
valuable resource for all of us."
Kroenke, 33, will continue to serve as the president and governor of the NBA's
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