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Avs fire coach Joe Sacco after missing playoffs

Updated: April 28, 2013, 8:33 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Joe Sacco will be coaching with the NHL playoffs in full swing.

Only, it won't be on the bench for the Colorado Avalanche after he was fired on Sunday as the team missed the postseason for a third straight season.

Instead, Sacco will lead a group of U.S. players at the world championships later this week. The roster includes some familiar faces, too, with Avalanche players Paul Stastny, Matt Hunwick and Erik Johnson making the trip with him to Europe.

A quick reunion ...

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