Peter Horachek was appointed as interim head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 7, 2015, a day after the team fired coach Randy Carlyle.
Horachek joined Toronto on July 11, 2014 as an assistant coach after serving as interim head coach of the Florida Panthers for the 2013-14 season.
The Stoney Creek, Ontario native served as head coach of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) San Antonio Rampage at the beginning of the 2013-14 season before his appointment with the Panthers. Prior to his stint in San Antonio, Horachek spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators (2003-2013), serving his last two years as associate head coach. While working for the Predators, he helped the club advance to the postseason on seven occasions.
Horachek has also served as head coach for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals (2002-2003), ECHL’s Trenton Titans (2001-2002) and the International Hockey League’s (IHL) Orlando Solar Bears (1999-2001), where he led the Bears to the 2001 Turner Cup.
Horachek played 10 years of professional hockey as a forward in the AHL and IHL with the Rochester Americans (1979-80 to 1982-83), Flint Generals (1982-83 to 1984-85), Saginaw Generals (1985-86 to 1986-87) and Flint Spirits (1988-89). He also played three seasons of junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals from 1977-78 to 1979-80.