Capitals hire their 19th coach in team history.
Peter Laviolette has been named the new head coach of the Washington Capitals. He has 18 years of head coaching experience as well as taking three teams to the NHL finals, winning the Stanley Cup on one of those trips. At his press conference he said,
“I’m thankful and excited for the opportunity to lead this hockey club,” Laviolette said. “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 has a career record of 637-425-25-123. That ranks second for U.S. born coaches and 16th overall for any NHL coach.