WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals hired Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach on Tuesday.
Laviolette replaces Todd Reirden, who was fired last month after a second consecutive first-round exit in the playoffs.
Laviolette, 55, has 18 years of experience as a head coach. He most recently coached the Nashville Predators but was fired in January after 5 1/2 seasons with the team. Laviolette led the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers and 2017 Predators to the Stanley Cup Final. He also previously coached the New York Islanders.
“Peter is a successful NHL head coach who has won a Stanley Cup and brings a wealth of experience to our team,” general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “We feel he is a great communicator who will motivate our players to play with passion, structure and discipline, while helping our young players reach their potential. In addition, he is a high-character individual who is highly respected for his coaching pedigree, all of which make him the ideal person to lead our team to compete for the Stanley Cup.”
Laviolette ranks 16th in all-time coaching wins with a career record of 637-425-123.