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CAPS NAME LAVIOLETTE THE 19TH HEAD COACH IN FRANCHISE HISTORY

The search for a new head coach in Washington is over as Caps GM Brian MacLellan has selected veteran Peter Laviolette as the club's 19th head coach in franchise history on Tuesday.

"Peter is a successful NHL head coach who has won a Stanley Cup and brings a wealth of experience to our team," said MacLellan. "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 definitely fits the bill of a seasoned coach, bringing a ton of experience amassed over an 18-year coaching career at the NHL level. Laviolette edged out some top names in the business to land the gig, such as former Leafs head coach Mike Babcock and former Golden Knights bench boss Gerard Gallant.

"I'm thankful and excited for the opportunity to lead this hockey club," said Laviolette. "This is a winning organization with high expectations. I look forward to coaching this tremendous group of players and bringing my experience and vision to the team."

Laviolette first suited up as a head coach in Long Island from 2001-03 before landing in Raliegh with the Carolina Hurricanes, with whom he would ultimately win a Stanley Cup in '05/'06.

The 55-year-old went on to coach 11 more seasons, split between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Nashville predators before being relieved of his duties in Nasvhille the past season in order to help facilitate a change in Tennessee.



The deal between the Caps and Laviolette is three years, carrying a salary of more than $4M per season, which is more than what the team had offered Barry Trotz to remain in Washington following his Stanley Cup victory.

Laviolette's last trip to the Stanley Cup Finals was fairly recent, in the 2016-17 season with the Preds, though they lost in six games to a stellar Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

MIKE ARMENTI
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020  (9H10)
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