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HURRICANES, LAVIOLETTE AGREE TO 5-YEAR PACT

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Deal keeps Stanley Cup-winning coach in Carolina through 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 25, 2006

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Peter Laviolette, a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's outstanding coach, joined the Hurricanes during the 2003-04 season.

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team and Head Coach Peter Laviolette have agreed on a five-year contract. Laviolette led the Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup championship in his fourth season coaching in the National Hockey League.

“Peter’s coaching helped bring our team together to win hockey’s ultimate prize last season,” said Rutherford. “His aggressive, up-tempo style of play allows for success under the league’s new rules, and his leadership has yielded great results for his teams throughout his career.”

Laviolette was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year in 2005-06. The Franklin, Mass., native guided the Hurricanes to a 52-22-8 record last season, setting new franchise records for wins (52), home wins (31) and points (112). Carolina posted two nine-game win streaks in 2005-06, a nine-game home winning streak and never lost more than three consecutive games during the 82-game campaign.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes during the 2003-04 season, Laviolette coached the New York Islanders for two seasons. He recorded a 77-68-19 regular-season record while in New York and guided the Islanders to the postseason in both of his seasons after the team had missed the postseason for seven straight years.

On Aug 16, 2005, USA Hockey named Laviolette head coach for Team USA at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. He represented the United States as player in the Olympics in 1988 and 1994, serving as captain of the 1994 squad. In 2004, Laviolette coached the United States to the bronze medal at the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in the Czech Republic and he served as an assistant coach for the United States at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

With Laviolette at the helm, the Providence Bruins captured 1999 Calder Cup as the American Hockey League’s playoff champion after posting a 56-20-4 regular-season record. He served as an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins in 2000-01 prior to his appointment at head coach of the Islanders.

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