Joe Sacco envisions a fast and feisty team taking the ice, one that attacks and stays aggressive. Perhaps a version of himself when he was a forward in the league.
Sacco, who spent 13 seasons in the NHL, was introduced as the new coach of the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, a day after the club fired Tony Granato and shook up its front office.
Flanked by newly appointed general manager Greg Sherman on his left and assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre to his right, Sacco talked about carving out a revamped identity for a team that's coming off its worst finish since moving to Denver in 1995.
"We want to be a team that plays with a lot of energy. We want to play on our toes, we don't want to play on our heels," Sacco said. "We want to be a team that attacks, we want to be a team that doesn't sit back."
Sacco, 40, coached the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters the past two seasons.
A former NHL forward, Sacco appeared in 738 games over a 13-year career that included stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers.
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