Predators name Laviolette as coach
Updated On: May 06 2014 12:45:41 PM CDT
The Nashville Predators filled their coaching vacancy on Tuesday with the hiring of Peter Laviolette.
Laviolette, who won a 2006 Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes, becomes the second coach in franchise history. He follows Barry Trotz, who served as the coach since the franchise began play in 1998 but let go after the Predators missed the playoffs this season.
Laviolette signed a multiyear contract, the team announced, but financial terms were not available. The Predators also named Kevin McCarthy as an assistant.
"Having reached the peak as a Stanley Cup Champion, Peter knows the intensity and urgency it will take to help our team reach its ultimate goal," Predators general manager David Poile said. "He is a great hockey mind who not only has a winning resume, but has done it with an aggressive offensive philosophy while also excelling in helping young players reach their potential.
"We look forward to Peter instilling his culture in Nashville immediately following his duties coaching the United States at the 2014 World Championship."
Laviolette has a career record of 389-202-25-63 as the coach of the New York Islanders (2001-03), Hurricanes (2003-09) and Philadelphia Flyers (2009-2014). His teams made the playoffs six times, including the Stanley Cup with Carolina and a Finals apppearance with the Flyers in 2010. But three games into the 2013-14 season, Laviolette was fired by the Flyers.
"I love the nucleus of this (Predators) team, starting on the back end with two of the best players at their positions in defenseman Shea Weber and goaltender Pekka Rinne, in addition to a solid group of dependable veterans and talented, rising young talent," Laviolette said. "My challenge will be to impart a system that enables our young forwards to thrive and reach their offensive potential.
"Being a perennial Stanley Cup contender requires buy-in, passion and commitment from every player on the roster. I can't wait to get to Nashville and get started on our journey."
Laviolette is serving as the U.S. coach for the World Championship for the third time. He guided the team in 2004 to a bronze medal and in 2005. Laviolette also was the U.S. Olympic coach in 2006 and an assistant for the Sochi Games in February.
McCarthy was an assistant with the Flyers under Laviolette and worked for the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes from 1992 to 2009. Joining McCarthy as Nashville assistants will be Lane Lambert and Phil Housley.
Trotz compiled a 557-479-60-100 record with the Predators, who missed the playoffs the past two season and have never made it past the second round in their 15 years of existence.
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