The Nashville Predators have hired Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette as their new head coach.
Laviolette becomes only the second head coach in team history behind Barry Trotz, who the team released last month.
Laviolette won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. He most recently coached the Philadelphia Flyers.
“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 in a release. “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.”
The Predators signed Laviolette to a multi-year contract.
“I love the nucleus of this 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.”
Also joining the Predators coaching staff is Kevin McCarthy, who will serve as an assistant alongside Lane Lambert and Phil Housley.
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