The Nashville Predators have met with plenty of success under head coach Peter Laviolette during the last two seasons, reaching the postseason both years after seasons of mediocrity.
As a result, he’s being rewarded with a multi-year extension.
It was announced on Saturday afternoon by Adam Vignan of the Tennessean that Laviolette, who led the Predators to a 41-27-12 record during their 2015-16 campaign, has been inked to a two year extension with the club. He is entering his third year with the franchise this coming season; his new contract will presumably begin at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
A native of Franklin, Massachusetts, the 51-year-old Laviolette has coached in the NHL for the last 16 years, spending time with the Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers, and Predators as a coach. He’s got plenty of international experience to draw from, as well, appearing behind the bench for Team USA at the Olympic Games – which he coached in 2014 – the World Championships and the World Cup.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, the former blue liner skated at both the NCAA Division III and minor league levels in North America, spending four seasons at Westfield State University before going pro in 1986. He would ultimately never play pro at higher than the AHL level, but does boast an Olympic Games appearance in 1994, when he skated as captain for Team USA.
With this extension, the Predators – who are looking to make it past the second round of the postseason for the first time ever this coming year – are showing faith in their bench boss, who has done plenty to prove he deserves it.