Kevin McCarthy joined the Predators organization along with head coach Peter Laviolette on May 6, 2014.
Prior to coming to Nashville, McCarthy served as assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers, working under current Predators head coach Peter Laviolette from 2009-2013. McCarthy had previously spent two years working in the Flyers front office from 1990-1992.
McCarthy came to the Flyers after spending 18 years with the Carolina/Hartford franchise, including 12 consecutive years with the Hurricanes’ coaching staff. He was a part of the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup championship, the first Stanley Cup title of his career.
McCarthy joined the Hartford organization in 1992 as an assistant coach. He served for three seasons in that role before being named the head coach of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass. He spent four seasons coaching the franchise’s prospects, first in Springfield and later in New Haven, Connecticut.
McCarthy put together a record of 156-123-36 as a head coach, which ranks as the second-best record in Carolina franchise history for the head coach of the team’s AHL affiliate.
A former defenseman, McCarthy spent 10 seasons in the NHL with the Flyers, Vancouver and Pittsburgh. In 527 career NHL games, he totaled 67 goals and 191 assists for 258 points. During his time with Vancouver, he served as the Canucks’ team captain and was named a starter in the 1981 NHL All-Star Game. McCarthy was selected as number 37 on Vancouver’s list of the 50 Greatest Canucks in 2005.
Kevin and his wife, Rhonda, have three daughters – Melissa, Meaghan and Mallory.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday