Peter Laviolette is returning to an Japanese Convention bench, this time as head coach of the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, in accordance with a number of media retailers.
The 55-year-old, whom the Nashville Predators dismissed in January, takes over from the fired Todd Reirden after two straight seasons of playoff disappointment in Washington. Reirden just lately rejoined the Pittsburgh Penguins as an assistant coach.
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Laviolette, with 18 years of NHL head teaching expertise, has guided three groups to the Stanley Cup ultimate — Carolina in 2006, Philadelphia in 2010 and Nashville in 2017.
“I am grateful and excited for the chance to steer this hockey membership,” Laviolette, the 19th head coach in Capitals historical past, mentioned in an announcement launched by the staff. “This can be a profitable group with excessive expectations. I stay up for teaching this large group of gamers and bringing my expertise and imaginative and prescient to the staff.”
The Predators reached the Stanley Cup ultimate three seasons in the past beneath Laviolette’s steerage, earlier than falling within the second spherical the next 12 months and failing to win their first-round playoff collection final season.
Laviolette had a 248-143-60 report with Nashville and boasts 637 wins as an NHL coach.
Capitals normal supervisor Brian MacLellan is happy in regards to the “wealth of expertise” Laviolette brings to the staff.
“We really feel he is a good communicator who will encourage our gamers to play with ardour, construction and self-discipline, whereas serving to our younger gamers attain their potential,” learn MacLellan’s statemet within the information launch. “As well as, he’s a high-character particular person who is very revered for his teaching pedigree, all of which make him the perfect individual to steer our staff to compete for the Stanley Cup.”