The list of Saskatchewan-born NHL coaches has grown by one.
On Thursday, the Colorado Avalanche hired Yorkton native Jared Bednar as their new head coach replacing Patrick Roy who resigned earlier this month.
The 44 year old Bednar had been coaching in the American Hockey League where he led the Lake Erie Monsters, the main affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, to a Calder Cup championship last season.
Bednar, who spent three seasons (1990-93) in the Western Hockey League with Saskatoon, Medicine Hat and Spokane, has served as an assistant coach or head coach since the 2002-2003 season.
He joins Dave Tippett (Arizona/Moosomin), Glen Gulutzan (Calgary/Hudson Bay), Todd McLellan (Edmonton/Melville), Mike Babcock (Toronto/Saskatoon) and Willie Desjardins (Vancouver/Climax) as NHL head coaches born in our province.