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Laviolette to coach U.S. at Worlds

Apr 15, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

Peter Laviolette AP

USA Hockey has named ex-Flyers and ‘Canes bench boss Peter Laviolette as its head coach for the 2014 World Hockey Championships, to be played in Belarus from May 9-25.

Laviolette, 49, has extensive international experience, having served as an assistant to Dan Bylsma at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — eight years earlier, Laviolette was the head man for the U.S. at the Winter Games in Torino.

He’ll be assisted by Nashville’s Phil Housley, Buffalo’s Joe Sacco and Don Granato, currently the head coach of the National Team Development Program.

The next few months promise to be interesting for Laviolette, as his name is likely to come up in relation to coaching changes throughout the NHL. Housley’s former head coach with the Preds, Barry Trotz, has already been relieved of his duties and there are rumblings changes could also happen in Vancouver (John Tortorella), Carolina (Kirk Muller) and Toronto (Randy Carlyle).

Laviolette was fired just three games into this season, after the Flyers got off to an 0-3-0 start.

  1. 950003cups - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    He should’ve been the Devils for next year. Sucks that we’re stuck with Pete DeBoer again.

    • 19inarow - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Would you rather have Jack Capuano, and a GM who thinks he’s oh-so-dreamy? I’d take DeBoer in a second.

    • nightfireop - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      dude are you kidding me?? deboer is a great coach, even darryl sutter praised him for being an outstanding coach.

      • 950003cups - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:18 PM

        He praises him for getting whipped in the Finals.

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Keep him in the East. Would hate to have him go to Nashville. He would turn them into a hard team to play against.

    • Idaslapter - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      LOL obviously Nashville was a hard team to play against THIS year for the Sharks.

      • bspray - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        Hard for the Blackhawks this year too.

  3. smarshall3789 - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    He’s going to get a job this summer! What I don’t get is all these Devils fans hating on their coach! I mean it wasn’t too long ago they went to the cup! Also it’s hard to coach a team with a bunch of old vets on your team that are washed up and past their prime! You don’t just lose your captain and your best player and expect to be a contender! Get some youth and he will do wonders with you get players! Stop hating on him Devils fans

    • nj666 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      you mean that one devils fan..?

  4. miketoasty - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Could be the coach for the Penguins next season if Bylsma finds a way to lose to the Blue Jackets.

    • c9castine - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      i was unaware of this Amazing Multiplying Bylsma who plays all 6 positions and coaches at the same time.

      • miketoasty - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        Your naive to believe that the coach doesn’t take the fall for big name players not producing to their potential. How many times have we seen it happen, at least once a year?

      • c9castine - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        first, naive? and yes i was unaware coaches were to blame for big name players not performing. i figured we would just go ahead and put the blame on the player for not performing it just seems so, i dont know, logical.

        Seen what happen?

  5. c9castine - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    good coach. little bit in the mold of Tortorella needs to control his emotions better sometimes, but not too much to fault there.

    If he wants an NHL: job hell find one but theres stiff competition out there.

  6. djshnooks - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Sacco is going to be free. Ted Nolan is cleaning house and bringing in his own.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Housley come back to Buffalo where he belongs.

    • jernster21 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      I’m sure the demand will be high for a coach like Sacco who as a head coach lead the team to a 1st overall draft pick, got fired, and the team with essentially the same roster won the division, second in the west, and third best in the entire league the following year.

  7. deathbyspl - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    He’ll be working alongside Phil Housley with a team that includes Craig Smith and Seth Jones. David Poile will be watching closely. This is pretty much a tryout for the head job in Nashville. Either way, I hope they win gold!

    • jernster21 - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      He already won WJC gold as the head coach with Seth Jones before he was even drafted.

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