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PETER LAVIOLETTE NAMED ASSISTANT COACH FOR TEAM USA

Thursday, 05.20.2004 / 7:16 PM / News
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PETER LAVIOLETTE NAMED ASSISTANT COACH FOR TEAM USA

Hurricanes coach to assist Ron Wilson at 2004 World Cup

Peter Laviolette
Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette will be an assistant for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (May 20, 2004) – Today at St. Paul’s XCel Energy Center, USA Hockey announced that Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach Peter Laviolette will join San Jose Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson behind the bench the 2004 World Cup of Hockey to be held at various venues Aug. 30-Sept. 14. Detroit Red Wings Associate Coach Barry Smith and Portland Pirates (AHL) Head Coach Tim Army will also assist Wilson during the two-week tournament.

“It is an honor to be selected to the coaching staff for the United States’ World Cup team,” said Laviolette. “I have enjoyed my past experiences with Team USA, and I look forward to joining Ron and the other coaches in taking on this challenge.”

In late-April and early-May, Laviolette helped assure the United States’ spot in the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, when he guided Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in the Czech Republic. Laviolette’s Team USA advanced to the tournament’s Medal Round with wins against Russia and Denmark in the Qualifying Round, and assured at least a fourth place finish when it downed host Czech Republic in its first Medal Round game. After a 3-2 loss to Sweden in the semifinals, the United States downed Slovakia 1-0 in a shootout to take the bronze.

Laviolette, 39, had success in his international competition coaching debut last year, guiding the 2003 Men’s National Select Team to the championship at the 2003 Deutschland Cup in Hannover, Germany. Team USA went unbeaten with a record of 3-0-0, giving the United States its first title in the tournament in its second year of participation.

Laviolette was named the 11th head coach in Hurricanes franchise history on Dec. 15, 2003, and posted a 20-26-6 (4 overtime losses) record in his first 52 games behind the Carolina bench. The Franklin, Mass., native served as head coach for the New York Islanders in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and posted a 77-68-19 (6 OTL) regular-season record in those two seasons, good for a .527 winning percentage. The Islanders qualified for the postseason both years after missing the playoffs each of the seven prior seasons.

Prior to joining the Islanders, Laviolette served as an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins after coaching the Providence Bruins, Boston’s American Hockey League affiliate, in 1998-99 and 1999-00. Providence posted a 56-15-4 regular-season record in 1998-99 and went 15-4 in the playoffs to capture the Calder Cup as the AHL’s top team, and Laviolette was named AHL Coach of the Year.

A former defenseman, Laviolette was born on Dec. 7, 1964. He spent most of his 11-year professional playing career in the AHL and IHL, but did play 12 NHL games with the New York Rangers during the 1988-89 season. He represented the United States in the 1988 and 1994 Olympics, serving as captain of the 1994 Olympic squad.

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