Patrick Roy, who plugged the Colorado Avalanche vacancy on Thursday, is all but indisputably the best former NHL goaltender to return to the league as a head coach. In an 18-year Hall of Fame career, he backstopped four Stanley Cup championships and collected a troika apiece of Vezina Trophies and Conn Smythe Trophies.
Only the 2013-14 season and beyond will determine how he translates his success as a major junior skipper with the Quebec Remparts. But any reckonable success he attains with the Avs will nudge him in the direction of exclusive company among those who have excelled in the NHL both as players and coaches.
Here is a glance back at 10 exceptional individuals who collected All-Star accolades and individual and/or team trophies as players and then orchestrated hardware-caliber teams from behind an NHL bench.
Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics and playoff results for this report were found via hockey-reference.com.