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Peter Laviolette - Head Coach

Laviolette, 56, is entering his second season with the Capitals after becoming the 19th head coach in franchise history. Laviolette brings 18 years of NHL head coaching experience to the organization, having previously coached the New York Islanders (2001-03), the Carolina Hurricanes (2003-08), the Philadelphia Flyers (2009-13) and the Nashville Predators (2014-20). Laviolette has compiled a career coaching record of 637-425-25-123 and ranks second in wins among U.S. born coaches and 16th overall in NHL history.

Laviolette became the fourth American-born coach to win the Stanley Cup in 2006 with Carolina. In his career, Laviolette has led 11 teams to postseason appearances and has an overall record of 75-68 in the playoffs. Laviolette is the fourth coach in NHL history to lead three different teams to the Stanley Cup Final (Carolina: 2006; Philadelphia: 2010; Nashville: 2017), joining Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman and Mike Keenan.

Laviolette-coached teams have consistently ranked well offensively and defensively. In 13 full seasons, his teams have ranked in the top 10 in goals seven times. In six seasons with Nashville, Laviolette led the Predators to 248 wins. In his first season in Nashville in 2014-15, the Predators improved by nine wins and 16 points in the standings, with Laviolette and his staff representing the team at the All-Star Game. In the spring of 2017, the Laviolette-led Predators became the third club seeded lowest in its conference to advance to the Stanley Cup Final since the League adopted the conference-based playoff format in 1994. The club followed that up with the best record in franchise history (53-18-11, 117 points), a Presidents' Trophy and a Central Division title in 2017-18. In six seasons under Laviolette, the Predators ranked fourth (excluding Vegas) in the NHL with a 52.1 shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (19,082 shot attempts for, 17,565 against). Additionally, Nashville was tied with Los Angeles for the least amount of goals against in the NHL (1,051) in his five full seasons.

With each of his previous NHL coaching stops, the team saw an overall improvement from their season prior to his arrival. The Islanders finished with 96 points and the eighth-best record in the League in 2001-02 after finishing the previous season 30th in the NHL with 52 points. In 2005-06, Laviolette's first full season with the Hurricanes, Carolina finished with 112 points and captured the Stanley Cup after finishing with 76 points the year prior. With Philadelphia, the Flyers improved to 106 points in 2010-11 after finishing with 88 points in 2009-10. Laviolette led the Predators to 104 points in his first season in 2014-15 from 88 points the season prior.

Internationally, Laviolette has coached Team USA at the World Championship in 2004, 2005 and 2014. He has also represented his country in four Olympic Games, first as a player in the 1988 Calgary Games and the 1994 Lillehammer Games, then as a head coach at the 2006 Torino Games, and as an assistant at February's 2014 Sochi Games.

After recording 268 points (78g-190a) in 594 minor-league games in the American and International hockey leagues (Indianapolis, Colorado, Denver, Flint, Binghamton, Providence and San Diego) from 1986-97, and appearing in 12 games for the New York Rangers in 1988-89, Laviolette began his coaching career with the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers in 1997. After posting a 37-24-9 record and reaching the conference finals in his rookie coaching season, he was hired as head coach of the AHL's Providence Bruins, and led the team to an AHL-best 56-16-4-4 record and a Calder Cup in 1998-99, just one season after the team had gone 19-49-7-5 and finished last in the league. Following the 1999-2000 season, the 1999 AHL Coach of the Year was promoted to assistant coach of the parent Boston Bruins, which he held for a single campaign (2000-01) before starting his NHL head coaching career with the Islanders in 2001-02.

A native of Franklin, Mass., and graduate of Westfield State College, Laviolette and his wife, Kristen, have three children - sons Peter and Jack, and daughter Elisabeth.

Scott Arniel - Assistant Coach

Arniel, 58, is entering his 4th season as an assistant coach with the Capitals after spending five seasons as an associate coach with the New York Rangers. Arniel has more than 19 years of professional coaching experience, which includes serving as head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2010-12.

The Kingston, Ont., native compiled a 218-136-21-21 record in five seasons as head coach in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves and the Manitoba Moose. Arniel guided the Moose to the Calder Cup Final in 2009 after posting franchise records with 50 wins and 107 points to finish atop the AHL standings. Arniel captured the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award that season as the AHL Coach of the Year.

Arniel also served as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres (2002-2006) and with the Manitoba Moose (1999-2002).

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Arniel won two Memorial Cup Championships with the Cornwall Royals in the QMJHL and won a gold medal in the 1982 World Junior Championship, Canada's first-ever gold medal in the tournament. Arniel appeared in 730 NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets (1981-86; 1990-91), Buffalo Sabres (1986-90), and Boston Bruins (1991-92), registering 338 points (149g, 189a) in 11 seasons. Arniel was originally selected by Winnipeg in the second round, 22nd overall, in the 1981 Entry Draft.

Arniel and his wife, Lia, have a son, Brendan, and a daughter, Stephanie.

Kevin McCarthy - Assistant Coach

McCarthy, 63, enters his second season with the Capitals after spending the prior six seasons with the Nashville Predators, the first three as an assistant coach and the last three as an associate coach.

The Winnipeg native brings more than 30 years of professional coaching experience, which includes assistant positions with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes, the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville. McCarthy has coached three separate teams to the Stanley Cup Final (Carolina in 2002 and 2006, Philadelphia in 2010 and Nashville in 2017), winning in 2006 with Carolina.

In addition to his NHL coaching experience, McCarthy served as Philadelphia's director of player development from 1990 to 1992. McCarthy also has compiled a record of 186-153-47-14 in five seasons as a head coach in the American Hockey League, which includes the Hershey Bears (1989-90), the Springfield Falcons (1995-97) and the New Haven Beast (1997-99).

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, McCarthy appeared in 527 NHL games with Philadelphia (1977-79; 1985-87), the Vancouver Canucks (1978-84), and the Pittsburgh Penguins (1983-85), registering 258 points (67g, 191a) in 10 seasons. He was the captain of Vancouver from 1979-82 and was named a starter in the 1981 NHL All-Star Game. McCarthy was originally selected by Philadelphia in the first round, 17th overall, in the 1977 Amateur Draft.

McCarthy and his wife, Rhonda, have three daughters: Melissa, Meaghan and Mallory, and three grandchildren: Cannon, Pryce and Chase.

Blaine Forsythe - Assistant Coach

Blaine Forsythe is entering his 16th season with Washington and his 13th as an assistant coach. Forsythe is responsible for the Capitals power play and the team's centers.

During the Capitals' Stanley Cup run, Washington opened up its first six playoff games with a power play goal, marking the first time since 1989 the Capitals recorded a power play goal in six straight playoff games. The Capitals power play converted on 22 of their 75 opportunities (29.4 percent), the most power play goals in a postseason over the last eight seasons.

The Capitals have ranked in the top-10 in the NHL in power-play percentage six of the last eight seasons and top-five in five of the last eight, including the top-ranked unit in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. In addition, Forsythe took over the responsibility of working with the team's centers prior to the 2014-15 season. He helped improve the team's faceoff win percentage from 48.4% (19th) in 2013-14 to 51.2% (12th) in 2014-15.

Forsythe joined the Capitals as a video coach prior to the 2006-07 season and was an integral member of the Capitals staff that helped lead the Capitals to the 2007-08 Southeast Division championship. He was promoted to a position as an amateur scout in 2008-09 before returning to the coaching staff in 2009- 10. In his first season back as an assistant coach, Forsythe led the team's video coaching operations and helped the team win the Presidents' Trophy and the Southeast Division championship.

Prior to joining the Washington organization, the Calgary, Alberta, native worked for the Calgary Hitmen from 1998-2006, where he served as both an assistant general manager (1998-06) and an assistant coach (2002-06). Forsythe helped lead Calgary to a WHL championship in 1999.

Forsythe received a business degree from the University of Minnesota and played Division II hockey at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He played junior hockey with the CJHL's Pembroke Lumber Kings in Pembroke, Ontario.

Forsythe and his wife, Ivy, reside in Arlington. He has a daughter, Sloan, and a son, Bodhi.

Scott Murray - Goaltending Coach

Murray, 41, is entering his fifth season as the Capitals' goaltending coach. Murray previously spent four seasons with the Hershey Bears. 


During the 2019-20 season, Murray worked with Braden Holtby and Ilya Samsonov. Holtby ranked eighth in the NHL in wins (25) and was named to the NHL All-Star Game for the fifth straight season. Murray guided rookie goaltender Samsonov to a 16-6-2 record, and he ranked second among NHL rookie goaltenders in wins. Samsonov became the first netminder in franchise history to record 10 wins within his first 12 starts (10-2-1) and the second goaltender in NHL history to win his first 10 road decisions. 

During the Capitals' 2017-18 Stanley Cup-winning season, Murray helped Holtby set a franchise record for most wins in the postseason and lead all NHL goalies in goals-against average (2.16) during the playoffs.

Murray joined the Capitals organization in 2013 after spending four seasons as the goaltending coach for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League. Murray, 40, played hockey collegiately at Lake Superior State University. The St. Clements, Ontario, native also played for the San Angelo Saints (Central Hockey League) and Motor City Mechanics (United Hockey League) during his professional career.

Murray and his wife Renee have three children, a son Tylar, and two daughters, Ella and Liv

Brett Leonhardt - Assistant Coach: Video

Brett Leonhardt is entering his 10th season as the Capitals' video coach and 4th as an assistant coach. 

Leonhardt spent two seasons in the NHL office in Toronto as their video manager for hockey operations beginning in 2011. In his role, he was responsible for breaking down and handling all video for rule changes, video reviews, officiating issues and more.

Prior to his time with the NHL, Leonhardt received a bachelor of arts in communications and media arts at Neumann University and was a recipient of the John A. Phillips Scholar-Athlete Award as well as the John Facenda Award for excellence in communication arts. He played hockey collegiately at both Neumann University and Oswego State University after spending three seasons playing for the Cambridge Winterhawks and Kitchener Dutchmen of the GOJHL.

Leonhardt was born in Kitchener, Ont. He and his wife Logan, a DCPS kindergarten teacher at Janney Elementary, reside in Ashburn, Va., with their twin boys, Beckham and Lennox.