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Preds Hire Peter Laviolette as New Head Coach


The Predators have hired Peter Laviolette as the second head coach in franchise history.

He replaces Barry Trotz, whose contract was not renewed last month.

Laviolette, who agreed to a multiyear contract, is a former head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders. He won a Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Hurricanes and went to the Cup Final with the Flyers in 2010. Philadelphia fired him early in the 2013-14 season.

He is currently head coach of Team USA, which is playing in the upcoming World Championships in Belarus.

"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 389-282-25-63 overall NHL record.

"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."

Including his Stanley Cup win, Laviolette has a 9-5 series record in six postseason appearances. He led the Islanders to back-to-back playoff appearances in 2002 and 2003, ending a seven-year postseason absence. He advanced beyond the opening round three times with the Flyers.

Laviolette's teams finished in the top 10 in goals six times in eight full seasons.

The Franklin, Mass., native is a graduate of Westfield State College. Laviolette and his wife, Kristen, have three children – sons Peter and Jack, and daughter Elisabeth.

The Predators also announced Kevin McCarthy will join the coaching staff as an assistant alongside Lane Lambert and Phil Housley. McCarthy was an assistant coach with the Flyers from 2009-14.

Source: Tennessean

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