PETER LAVIOLETTE NAMED HEAD COACH FOR TEAM USA
Will lead American squad at World Championships in Austria
| Laviolette will serve as head coach of the U.S Menâ€™s National Team at the 2005 IIHF World Championship.
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â€œI am honored to have the opportunity to lead Team USA in this yearâ€™s World Championships,â€? said Laviolette. â€œI look forward to working with John Tortorella and the USA Hockey staff to build upon the experiences from last yearâ€™s World Championships.â€?
In 2004 Laviolette helped assure the United Statesâ€™ spot in the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, when he guided Team USA to the bronze medal at the IIHF World Championships in the Czech Republic. Lavioletteâ€™s Team USA advanced to the tournamentâ€™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 was named the 11th head coach in Hurricanes franchise history on Dec. 15, 2003, and led the Hurricanes to a 20-22-6-4 record in the final 52 games of 2003-04. The Franklin, Mass., native served as head coach for the New York Islanders and posted a 77-68-19 (6 OTL) record in 164 games during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. In two seasons with Laviolette at the helm, the Islanders qualified for the postseason both years after missing the playoffs each of the seven previous seasons.
A former defenseman, Laviolette was born on July 12, 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.