Peter Laviolette is serving as assistant coach of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team for the first time.
Laviolette has previously represented the United States in international competition on numerous occasions in several different capacities. He most recently served as head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Torino, Italy. Prior to that, Laviolette was head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in back-to-back years (2004, 2005), leading the United States to the bronze medal in 2004.
The Franklin, Mass., native also served as an assistant coach for the United States during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, where he helped Team USA to the semifinals.
Laviolette is currently the head coach of the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, a role he’s held since the 2009-10 season. In his first year with the club, Laviolette guided the Flyers to a playoff berth and a spot in the Stanley Cup Final. Since then, Laviolette has helped Philadelphia to an Atlantic Division title (2010-11) and two playoff appearances (2010-11, 2011-12) while compiling a 145-95-29 record.
Prior to joining Philadelphia, Laviolette spent parts of five seasons as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. During his stint in Carolina, Laviolette amassed a 167-122-34 record in 323 games, including a 52-22-8 regular-season record in 2005-06, setting Carolina franchise records for single-season wins (52) and points (112) en route to a Southeast Division championship. That same season, Laviolette led the Hurricanes to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s Most Outstanding Coach.
His NHL head-coaching career started with the New York Islanders in 2001-02. Laviolette racked up a 77-62-25 record in two seasons in New York, leading the Islanders to consecutive playoff appearances after the franchise had failed to make the playoffs since the 1993-94 campaign.
Before becoming an NHL head coach, Laviolette spent three seasons in the Boston Bruins organization, serving as assistant coach with the NHL club in 2000-01, and as head coach of the Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate, Providence, for two seasons (1998-99, 1999-2000). In his first year at Providence, Laviolette guided the team to a Calder Cup championship and received the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year.
As a player, Laviolette skated for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in both the 1988 and 1994 Olympic Winter Games, serving as captain during the 1994 tournament. He also spent 11 years in professional hockey, including a 12-game stint with the New York Rangers in 1988-89.
As a collegian, Laviolette played four seasons (1982-86) at Westfield State College in Massachusetts, where he appeared in 93 games and contributed 43 goals and 44 assists.
Peter and his wife, Kristen, have three children and reside in South Jersey.