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Length of the deal not specified

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche president and general manager
Pierre Lacroix agreed to a long-term contract extension Saturday
that should keep him with the club through the end of his career.

Team officials did not announce the length of the deal, but team
owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement that the extension "allows
Pierre to complete his career as our premier Avalanche executive."

"We are pleased to see him continue this relationship and fully
realize that his management skills represent a great asset to our
company," Kroenke said.

Colorado has won division titles every year since Lacroix was
appointed the fourth general manager in team history in 1994. The
ninth division title last season set an NHL record.

The Avalanche also have won two Stanley Cup titles, in 1996 and
2001, reached the Western Conference finals six times and won the
President's Trophy for best record in the league twice (1996 and
2001).

"I still have a lot of desire, energy, and enthusiasm to give
to this franchise," stated Lacroix. "I'm fortunate to work with
the great people I have around me and grateful to live in such a
wonderful community and hockey environment."