Predators Hire Peter Laviolette as New Coach

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NASHVILLE) -- The Nashville Predators have hired Peter Laviolette as their new coach, the team announced on Tuesday. He will replace Barry Trotz, who served as the Predators coach since the club’s inception into the NHL in 1998, before the team decided to go in a different direction.

“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,” general manager David Poile said in a statement. “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.

Laviolette had previously served over parts of five seasons as coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, where he compiled a record 145-98-29. He was fired three games into this season.

In 2005, Laviolette led the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup championship.

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