Head Coach Nashville Predators, Stanley Cup Champion
Peter Laviolette is an American professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is the current head coach for the Nashville Predators. He has previously held this position with the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, and Philadelphia Flyers. He coached the Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup win in 2006, and later coached the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010, and the Nashville Predators in 2017.
Laviolette is the fourth coach in NHL history to lead three different teams to the Stanley Cup Finals. Despite this, he only played twelve NHL games himself, all with the New York Rangers. Known for his quotes became popular catch-phrases, Laviolette's fiery temper and preference for intense play has turned him into a fan favorite.
Prior to being hired by Nashville, Laviolette was named as the 17th head coach in Flyers history on December 4, 2009. He also spent parts of five seasons as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes (2003-04 to 2008-09), where he compiled a 167-122-34 record in 323 games.
Internationally, Laviolette was named head coach for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, and was also head coach for Team USA at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships in 2004 and 2005, guiding the US Squad to the bronze medal in 2004. He has also served as an assistant coach for Team USA in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where he led the US to the semifinals. Prior to his coaching years, Laviolette appeared in the 1988 and 1994 Winter Olympics as a player, and served as captain of the 1994 Olympic squad.
Bring the excitement of the NHL and the cache of a NHL celebrity to your events, golf tournaments or corporate dinners by having Peter Laviolette act as your host, emcee or engage in a meet and greet. As a local native to Franklin, Massachusetts, his ties to his community, success in the big leagues and his compelling, personal stories make Peter Laviolette a great speaker, as well.
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