Steve Konowalchuk returns to Avalanche organization as Eagles associate head coach

A familiar face is returning to the Avalanche organization.

Steve Konowalchuk — who played for two seasons in Colorado — was announced Tuesday as the associate head coach of the Colorado Eagles, the team’s AHL affiliate. He joins head coach Aaron Schneekloth and assistant Tim Branham on the Eagles bench.

“We’re excited to have ‘Kono’ back with the Avalanche organization,” Avalanche assistant general manager Kevin McDonald said in a news release. “His involvement in hockey spans over three decades as a player, coach and scout at the NHL level as well as a successful run as a head coach in the WHL. Not only does he bring an extensive hockey and coaching background but he is passionate, a great communicator and understands the development side of the game as well.”

After 12-plus seasons with Washington, the Utah native was traded to Colorado early into the 2003-04 season. He played two seasons with the Avalanche before having to retire due to a heart condition. He followed his playing career with a stint in the Avs’ player development department before becoming an assistant coach from 2009 to 2011.

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