Predators hire Peter Laviolette as coach

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Nashville, TN, United States (4E Sports) – The Nashville Predators have hired Peter Laviolette as their new coach, signing him to a multi-year contract to replace Barry Trotz.

With the signing, Laviolette became just the second coach in franchise history, following Trotz, whose contract was not renewed following the 2013-14 season.

“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,” 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.”

Kevin McCarthy also joins the coaching staff and will serve as an assistant alongside Lane Lambert and Phil Housley.

Laviolette won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has also coached the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers, and has a career record of 389-282-63 with 25 ties. The 389 wins place him second all-time among U.S.-born coaches.

“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,” he added.

Laviolette has made six postseason appearances, posting a series record of 9-5. He led the Islanders to back-to-back Stanley Cup Playoff appearances in 2002 and 2003, ending a seven-year postseason absence for the franchise.

He also advanced beyond the opening round three times with the Flyers, including in 10, when he took over midseason and proceeded to lead the team to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Laviolette started the 2013-14 season with the Flyers and was fired after three games. He is currently serving as head coach of the United States’ entry at the 2014 World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, his third time in the role.

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