Peter P. Laviolette Jr. (born December 7, 1964) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman and is the current head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was previously the head coach of the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes, the latter which he led to a Stanley Cup championship in 2006. As a player, Laviolette spent the majority of his 10-year career playing for various minor league teams. He played twelve games in the NHL for the New York Rangers during the 198889 season. Laviolette also played for the United States in the Olympics twice (1988 and 1994). Laviolette played collegiate hockey at Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts. He began his coaching career as head coach of the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. In one season as coach, he led his team to a 37249 record and a berth in the playoffs, wherein they lost in the third round. He left Wheeling to take over the head coaching job for the Providence Bruins.
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