Early Tuesday morning, the Washington Capitals announced they had hired Peter Laviolette as their next head coach. An all-to familiar face to the city of Philadelphia, Lavy now becomes the enemy.
In the spring of 2004, Aaron Ward had completed his 11th year as a professional hockey player and had logged nearly 500 NHL games. Midway through the season, Peter Laviolette took over as coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, for whom Ward played defense. They met, ostensibly, to get to know each other.
Laviolette takes over Washington after back-to-back division championships followed by first-round exits in the postseason.
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Sportsnet Hockey Central have spent time over the last few weeks speaking with many of our head coaches during the paused NHL season. Take a listen.
Twice in the Capitals’ last three games, one of the most important plays of the night was made by neither a coach on the bench nor a player in the ice. The play — successfully challenging a goal for offside — was made in a small coaches office outside of the dressing room. That’s where Brett Leonhardt and Tim Ohashi sit during games.
Cassidy’s ability to adapt, teach and coach younger players and an experienced veteran core is one reason he’s now locked in behind Boston’s bench for at least the next four seasons.
Reirden discusses appreciating Ovechkin, trading Niskanen, plans for Gudas
He prefers quick video sessions from the comfort of his office couch and doesn’t plan to fuss with success. Rookie coach Todd Reirden is ready to guide the Capitals’ in their first post-Stanley Cup campaign