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December 7, 1964 |
Franklin, MA, USA
|Current position||Head coach|
|Previous team(s)||New York Islanders
|Stanley Cup wins||1 (2006)|
|Years as NHL player||1986 - 1997|
|Years as a coach||1997 - Present|
|Years as an NHL coach||2001 - Present|
December 7, 1964 |
Franklin, MA, USA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Rangers
San Diego Gulls
|National team||United States|
Peter P. Laviolette Jr.1 (born December 7, 1964) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman and is the former head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was previously the head coach of the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes, the latter which he led to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006.
As a player, Laviolette spent the majority of his 10-year career playing for various minor league teams. He played twelve games in the NHL for the New York Rangers during the 1988–89 season. Laviolette also played for the United States in the Olympics twice (1988 and 1994). Laviolette played collegiate hockey at Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts.
He began his coaching career as head coach of the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. In one season as coach, he led his team to a 37–24–9 record and a berth in the playoffs, wherein they lost in the third round. He left Wheeling to take over the head coaching job for the Providence Bruins. In 1998–99 he coached the team to a 56–15–4 regular-season record. In the playoffs Providence won the American Hockey League (AHL) Championship with a 15–4 playoff record. Laviolette was named AHL Coach of the Year.
Laviolette's success in the AHL earned him a stint as an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins. Having grown up in the Boston suburb of Franklin, Massachusetts, Laviolette was disappointed when he did not get the head coaching job in Boston after that season so he left for the head coaching job on Long Island. After taking over the New York Islanders, which had suffered seven years of post-season futility prior to his arrival, he led his team to the playoffs in both seasons he was there. His first season in New York resulted in a surprisingly consistent season in which the Islanders earned 96 points (42–28–8–4 record), nearly winning the Atlantic division, before losing a close playoff series to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Islanders sneaked into the playoffs the next season and then lost in 5 games to the Ottawa Senators in the first round.
Laviolette came to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2003–04 season. He took over following the firing of Paul Maurice. In his first season, he coached 52 games during a rebuilding year. Laviolette led the Hurricanes to an excellent regular season during his second year at the helm, winning the Southeast Division with 112 points (52–22–8 record). He also coached the U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. The Hurricanes won their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history during the 2006 playoffs, after winning two very close seven-game playoff series over the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers. Laviolette was only the fourth American-born coach to win it. He was runner-up for the Jack Adams Award, which was awarded to Lindy Ruff in the closest vote ever recorded for this award, 155–154.
After winning their first title, Laviolette's Hurricanes suffered through an injury-plagued 2006–07 season that saw the team finish with a disappointing 40–34–8 record. The next season, the team once again got off to a poor start, but held first place in a weak division for most of the season, despite having a sub-.500 record until February. The team then got hot and built what was seen as a solid lead. However, the Washington Capitals got red hot in the final weeks, Carolina lost several games down the stretch, and Laviolette's group missed the postseason.
Laviolette worked on the panel for the TV network TSN.
On December 4, 2009, Laviolette replaced John Stevens as the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers. Barely making it into the playoffs thanks to a shootout victory over rival New York Rangers, Laviolette's Flyers became only the third ever NHL team to come back from a 3-0 series deficit, defeating the Boston Bruins 4-3 in Game 7 to reach the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals. On May 24, 2010, Laviolette led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Finals went six games, with Chicago winning the Cup in overtime on June 9.
On April 1, 2012, in a game against the Penguins, Laviolette jawed with Penguins coach Dan Bylsma after Penguin Joe Vitale hit Flyer Danny Briere late in the game. Laviolette swung a stick against the boards which broke in half, and continued to verbally go after Bylsma and assistant coach Tony Granato, a teammate of Laviolette in the 1988 Olympics.
Laviolette's fiery temper and preference for intense play has turned him into a fan favorite in blue-collar Philadelphia. The HBO series 24/7: Flyers/Rangers leading up to the 2012 Winter Classic gave fans rare access to the Flyers locker room, and many of Laviolette's quotes became popular catch-phrases, such as "we need to start playing with some jam", "it's about as casual as it gets" and "let's fucking giddy-up and go". Laviolette himself acknowledged the popularity of his "jam" catch-phrase by making a video for the Flyers 2012 Fan Appreciation Game thanking Philadelphia fans for "bringing more jam than any other city in sports". For the Flyers Game 6 ECQF game against the Pittsburgh Penguins the Flyers gave away orange shirts to all fans attending featuring an angry likeness of Laviolette and the phrase "Time for some JAM!!".
|1982–83||Westfield State College||NCAA-2||26||3||7||10||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||Westfield State College||NCAA-2||25||15||14||29||52||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Westfield State College||NCAA-2||23||13||15||28||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||Westfield State College||NCAA-2||19||12||8||20||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|1987–88||U.S. National Team||—||54||4||20||24||82||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||New York Rangers||NHL||12||0||0||0||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||U.S. National Team||—||56||10||25||35||63||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||San Diego Gulls||IHL||17||3||4||7||20||9||3||0||3||6|
|Senior int'l totals||13||1||2||3||10|
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|NYI||2001–02||82||42||28||8||4||96||2nd in Atlantic||3||4||.429||Lost in First Round (TOR)|
|NYI||2002–03||82||35||34||11||2||83||3rd in Atlantic||1||4||.200||Lost in First Round (OTT)|
|CAR||2003–04||52||20||22||6||4||(50)||3rd in Southeast||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|CAR||2005–06||82||52||22||—||8||112||1st in Southeast||16||9||.640||Won Stanley Cup (CAR)|
|CAR||2006–07||82||40||34||—||8||88||3rd in Southeast||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|CAR||2007–08||82||43||33||—||6||92||2nd in Southeast||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|CAR||2008–09||25||12||11||—||2||(26)||2nd in Southeast||—||—||—||(Fired)|
|PHI||2009–10||57||28||24||—||5||(61)||3rd in Atlantic||14||9||.609||Lost in Finals (CHI)|
|PHI||2010–11||82||47||23||—||12||106||1st in Atlantic||4||7||.364||Lost in Second Round (BOS)|
|PHI||2011–12||82||47||26||—||9||103||3rd in Atlantic||5||6||.454||Lost in Second Round (NJ)|
|PHI||2012–13||48||23||22||—||3||49||4th in Atlantic||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|PHI||2013–14||3||0||3||—||0||0||8th in Metropolitan||—||—||—||(Fired)|
|Total||759||389||282||25||63||866||2 Division Championships||43||39||.524||1 Stanley Cup
6 Playoff Appearances
Laviolette and his wife Kristen have three children; two sons, Peter III, Jack, and one daughter, Elisabeth. The Laviolettes reside in South Jersey.
- "Laviolette makes history in Hurricanes win over Senators". TSN.ca. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
- "Hurricanes dismiss Laviolette, bring back Maurice as coach". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
- Peter Laviolette's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Peter Laviolette at Hockey-Reference.com
- Peter Laviolette's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Peter Laviolette's player profile at NHL.com