Capitals Hire Peter Laviolette As Next Head Coach


The Capitals announced the hiring of Peter Laviolette as their next head coach on Tuesday.

Laviolette, 55, replaces Todd Reirden, who was fired by the Capitals last month after a pair of first-round playoff exits.

Laviolette, who brings a Stanley Cup pedigree and 18 years of NHL head coaching experience to Washington, most recently coached the Nashville Predators for six seasons before being fired in January.

Each of his past three coaching stops has resulted in a Stanley Cup Final appearance, with Laviolette winning the Western Conference Championship with Nashville in 2007, the Eastern Conference Championship with Philadelphia in 2010, and the Stanley Cup Championship with Carolina in 2006. He is the fourth coach in NHL history to lead three different teams to a Stanley Cup Final.

"Peter is a successful NHL head coach who has won a Stanley Cup and brings a wealth of experience to our team," said Caps General Manager Brian MacLellan. "We feel he is a great communicator who will motivate our players to play with passion, structure and discipline, while helping our young players reach their potential. In addition, he is a high-character individual who is highly respected for his coaching pedigree, all of which make him the ideal person to lead our team to compete for the Stanley Cup."

"I'm thankful and excited for the opportunity to lead this hockey club," said Laviolette. "This is a winning organization with high expectations. I look forward to coaching this tremendous group of players and bringing my experience and vision to the team."

Laviolette is the 19th head coach in Capitals history and, with a career coaching record of 637-425-25-123, ranks second in wins among U.S. born coaches and 16th in NHL history. He is 75-68 overall in the playoffs, having led 11 teams to postseason appearances.

Laviolette is now tasked with leading the Capitals, and their aging core of Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, back to the Stanley Cup Final. two years removed from their first and only Stanley Cup championship in 2018.