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Jared Bednar Speech One For The Ages

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Jared Bednar

I’ve really enjoyed being around every single Colorado Avalanche coach in the team’s history – and that goes back to Day 1 in 1995. Even when they sometimes chewed my head off. Jared Bednar, though, is something else.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more even-tempered man in the game of hockey than him. Joe Sakic might be close. I think it says it all that those two men are world champions right now.

Bednar is a tough guy, make no mistake. Everybody talked about how tough he was as a player (and fighter) but absolutely everyone I’ve ever talked to about Bednar always says what a gentleman he is off the ice, and how he treats everybody with respect, from the owner to the janitor.

Jared Bednar is the first coach in the history of the game to win a Kelly Cup (ECHL), Calder Cup (AHL) and Stanley Cup as a head coach. Think about that for a minute. And yet, his first year on the job here (2016-17) the Avalanche set a team record for fewest points in a season (48). They didn’t even get the first pick in the draft out of that. They had to settle for Cale Makar at No. 4.

So many GMs might have let Bednar go after that first season. A lot of GMs might have let go of a coach who lost three straight years in the second round of the playoffs. Joe Sakic, a smart, even-tempered, patient man, kept the faith in Bednar.

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Bednar, today, in his speech at Civic Center Park, showed just how much appreciation he has for all that. I thought his speech, an emotional one, was the best of the day. The irony: he’s always been viewed as kind of an unemotional guy. Not anymore. Here it is:

Hats off to Jared Bednar, a gentleman, a scholar and now a Stanley Cup winner.

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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Roger Hutton

Adrian, just complimenting u on the Avs-Wings show. That was some rivalry. The easteners rated it #4 on the best rivalries of all time.

onthefly

Heartfelt speech…fuel by alcohol a little, maybe? Ahaha. Great coach and a even better human being.

peter martin

lol probably

Thor's Hammer

ROFL!

jdtmart

That’s our coach! Phenomenal display of humility, I hope we never let him go

Bevis

#tainted
#headhunter
#kadri

Ryan Wolf

#cry
#some
#more

hockeyhacker5

Very true. My “700 Club” theory is that Bednar’s proven toughness (over 700 penalty minutes during his last four pro seasons) and Sakic’s incredible success with over 700 goals regular season/playoffs combined) give them credibility with players that means they don’t have to resort to histrionics to get the attention of their team.

GWood

One win away from breaking the all time most wins in a season. Incredible. Seems like he has those rare qualities where he doesn’t need new scenery or his message gets ‘old’ and has to go to a new environment. Potentially a ‘coach for life’ or as long as he wants to do it.

huckleberry

I’m not crying. You’re crying! In all seriousness, that was a great speech. And Jared Bednar may be my favorite coach of any sport. Not only has he accomplished an AMAZING amount as a coach, but he iss one of the most thoughtful, well-spoken people Ii have ever seen publicly. His press conferences are measured and well though-out. His answers are always calm and considered and demonstrate not just a deep understanding about the game, but about life. We have been very lucky, in Colorado, to play host to many of the greatest players in the history of hockey over… Read more »

Thor's Hammer

ROFL!

Peter North

Yikers. A bit much of a ride on Train Jared.

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