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Nashville Predators hire Peter Laviolette, he becomes 2nd head coach in franchise's history

Tuesday, 05.06.2014 / 1:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Nashville Predators hire Peter Laviolette, he becomes 2nd head coach in franchise's history

NASHVILE, Tenn. - Peter Laviolette is the new head coach of the Nashville Predators.

The NHL team announced today that Laviolette has signed a multi-year contract.

In October, Laviolette was fired by the Philadelphia Flyers after the team started the season with three straight losses.

Laviolette, who started his NHL head coaching career in 2001 with the New York Islanders, guided the Carolina Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup win in 2006.

He also led the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup final, where they lost to Chicago.

Laviolette succeeds Barry Trotz, who was fired last month after 15 seasons as head coach of the Predators.

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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness