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Stars Assistant GM Tapped by Avs

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May 24, 2006

COLORADO AVALANCHE NAME FRANCOIS GIGUERE GENERAL MANAGER
Former Dallas Stars Assistant General Manager Returns to the Avalanche

FRISCO, Tex. -- The Colorado Avalanche announced today the appointment of Francois Giguere as the club's executive vice president & general manager to lead the day-to-day operations of the club. Giguere formerly served as the assistant general manager with the Stars from 2001 -- 2006.

"We appreciate all that Francois has done for the Dallas Stars during his tenure here and wish him the very best," said Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong. "It is difficult to lose good people like Francois Giguere and Guy Carbonneau but it emphasizes that we are on the right track here in Dallas. Some of the brightest minds in hockey have been with our organization over the years and we take a lot of pride in that. We are confident that we will replace them with first-class individuals in order to maintain a high level of quality for our hockey staff and our organization."

Giguere, 42, returns to the franchise where he began his hockey career over 16 years ago. During that time, Giguere has been involved with nearly every facet of hockey operations at the NHL level. Before spending the last five years with Dallas, he served as vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2000-01 season. His roots with the organization date back to 1990 when he served as controller in the finance department with the Quebec Nordiques. In addition, he's held hockey administration (1992-95); assistant general manager (1995-00) and vice president of hockey operations (2000-01) posts within the organization.

"My family and I are extremely happy to be able to return to Colorado," said Giguere. "I'm excited about the challenge of maintaining the level of excellence that the Avalanche has always held. I can assure Avalanche fans that those standards will be the focal point of my work on a daily basis."

During his tenure with the Stars, he worked on contract negotiations, maintained constant communication with the Iowa Stars (Dallas' primary affiliate in the American Hockey League), was responsible for developing and tracking the budget for the hockey operations department and coordinated the creation of Dallas' regular season schedule with the NHL.

A 1985 graduate of Laval University where he obtained a degree in administration, a license in accounting and a law certificate, Giguere worked for three years with a prominent Quebec accounting firm Caron Belanger Ernst and Young before being hired by the Nordiques as controller in 1990. His role with the Nordiques was expanded in 1992 to include hockey administration responsibilities by then General Manager Pierre Page, who needed additional support after assuming the head coaching role in 1991. Giguere was named as assistant general manager by Pierre Lacroix before the shortened 1994-95 season and accompanied the franchise in its move to Colorado in May, 1995.

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