Apologies for the lengthy absence. Again. I promise things will be more consistent! Today Patrick Roy was officially introduced in a press conference as the Avs head coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations. I enjoyed the press conference, and it confirmed my feelings that Roy is prepared to be a passionate coach and is prepared to take the Avalanche to the next step. Gabriel Landeskog, Paul Stastny, and J.S. Giguere all attended the press conference too, which I thought was a nice touch.
I was also touched by how frequently Roy chose to refer back to the fans (although I know there were some jokes made on twitter). Things have, quite frankly, been bad the past couple of years. When strong teams like Pittsburgh, Washington, Chicago, and Detroit have come to the Pepsi Center, it has been a battle for Avalanche fans to be the louder voice in the building. At other games, the Pepsi Center has been woefully empty some nights. And yet, I say, with full conviction, we have some of the smartest fans out there. And many of them have held back from attending games, and showing support because the organization has seemed to be headed backwards for quite a few years here. However I know that if this team starts winning, and starts showing some more passion, more people will come back. Call them fair weather fans all you want; I know plenty of people who have kept up enough with the team to realize that some of them simply decided they couldn’t deal with the day to day depression that came with watching this team the past few years. Yes, a faction of people have been lost forever, but, for the most part, I think a strong product on the ice will help to refill the “Pepsi Can” as Gabriel Landeskog keeps calling it.