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April 11, 2012 | 3:06pm ET
Avs sign coach Sacco for two years
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Colorado Avalanche announced today that the team has extended the contract of head coach Joe Sacco for two years through the 2013-14 season.

"Joe has earned the opportunity to lead this young team," said Avalanche GM Greg Sherman. "Our club made significant strides this season and we look forward to continuing that next season."

The Avalanche has compiled a 114-109-23 record (.510%) in three seasons under Sacco's guidance. He led what was the NHL's youngest team to a 41-35-6 record (88 points) this past year, 20 more points than they had the previous season.

"Our team competed hard and battled all year long," said Sacco. "This group had a lot of energy and they are eager to keep working hard and improving."

The Medford, Mass., native was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award in his rookie season behind the bench in 2009-10. He guided Colorado to a 43-30-9 record (95 points) and a second-place finish in the Northwest Division that year. The Avs became the first Western Conference team to make the playoffs after finishing last in the conference the previous year since the league went to 30 teams in 2000-01.

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