Bednar signs two-year extension as NHL Avalanche coach

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Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar signed a two-year contract extension on Tuesday with the NHL club (AFP Photo/MATTHEW STOCKMAN)

Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar signed a two-year contract extension on Tuesday with the NHL club

Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar signed a two-year contract extension on Tuesday with the NHL club (AFP Photo/MATTHEW STOCKMAN)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Jared Bednar, who coached the Colorado Avalanche to the club's deepest Stanley Cup playoff run since 2008, signed a two-year contract extension on Tuesday, the National Hockey League club announced.

The deal takes the 47-year-old Canadian through the 2021-22 campaign.

The Avalanche went 38-30 with 14 overtime losses last season and reached the playoffs for the second time in three seasons under Bednar, beating Calgary in the first round of the NHL playoffs before falling to San Jose in the second round.

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"Jared has done a tremendous job behind the bench and has earned the opportunity to continue leading this team," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. "We are excited with what this group can do moving forward."

Bednar is 103-116-27 in three seasons with the Avalanche and 9-9 in 18 playoff contests since replacing Patrick Roy as coach in August 2016.

"I'd like to thank (owners) Stan and Josh Kroenke, Joe Sakic and the entire Avalanche organization for continuing to show their faith in me to lead this team," Bednar said.

"We're moving in the right direction with the group that we have here. This team has an exciting future and I'm ecstatic to be part of it."

The Avalanche last won the Stanley Cup in 2001. They also took the title in 1996 in the first season after they moved to Denver from Quebec City.

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