Nashville, Tenn. (April 22, 2008) – The Nashville Predators have compiled one of the best records in the NHL over the past four seasons, averaging 99.5 points per season, and will be under the same direction moving forward as President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today contract extensions for head coach Barry Trotz, associate coach Brent Peterson, assistant coach Peter Horachek, goaltending coach Mitch Korn, video coach Robert Bouchard as well as medical and training staff and members of the scouting department.
“We have a group of dedicated and passionate people who have worked together to grow the Predators into a top-flight NHL hockey department,” Poile said. “We have drafted well over the years, we have developed some outstanding young players, we have attracted premier free agents and, most importantly, we have won a lot of games over the past four years. Despite much adversity of the past year, the team never used that adversity as an excuse—a tribute to the efforts of the coaching staff. I am pleased that this group will remain together in our pursuit of a Stanley Cup for Nashville.
Trotz, 45, has coached all 738 regular-season games (324-308-106) in the Predators’ 10 years, and has made the club one of just seven teams to make the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the last four seasons, guiding Nashville to 141 victories over the past four campaigns. He led the Predators to franchise records in wins (51), road wins (23), points (110) and goals (272) in 2006-07 and earned a spot as an assistant coach with the Western Conference at the 2007 NHL All-Star Game.
Trotz is now the second most tenured coach in the NHL with his current team behind only Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff. During the 2007-08 season, he moved into 13th place on the NHL all-time wins list with one franchise, as he now has 324 regular season wins.
Among active coaches, Trotz trails only Ruff (1997-present) in active tenure with the same club. The Winnipeg, Man. native was named Nashville’s first coach on Aug. 6, 1997 and spent a season scouting before leading the franchise’s inaugural edition in 1998-99.
Brent Peterson became an assistant coach with Nashville on June 19, 1998 after leading the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winter Hawks to the Memorial Cup. He was promoted to associate coach on June 19, 2003, and the Calgary, Alta. native has been instrumental in developing and implementing team systems.
Assistant coach Peter Horachek has helped the Predators advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his three seasons behind the Nashville bench. He joined the Predators in 2003-04 after coaching Nashville’s primary developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, the season before.
Mitch Korn, who joined the organization on July 23, 1998, has worked with the Predators’ goaltenders and those in the Nashville developmental system for the last 10 years. The well-known goaltending coach has worked with a number of top NHL goalies, and local success stories include Nashville’s current goaltending duo of Chris Mason and Dan Ellis.
Robert Bouchard has been a member of the Nashville hockey department since 1998, and he has spent the last eight years as the club’s video coach. He is responsible for video analysis of all pre-scout and Predators’ game film, contributing to the formulation of scouting reports on the opposition and the production of all instructional/teaching tapes for players and prospects throughout the program.
Since the 2005-06 season, the Predators rank sixth in the NHL in wins (141) and trail only Detroit in home wins (83) since the start of that campaign.
Under the direction of Nashville’s current coaching staff, the Predators have successfully developed young players drafted by the organization, including David Legwand
, Martin Erat
, Dan Hamhuis, Jordin Tootoo
, Ryan Suter
, Shea Weber
, Kevin Klein
and Alexander Radulov
Several players, when given the opportunity, have worked their way into the Predators lineup, including Vern Fiddler, Greg Zanon, Jerred Smthson, Chris Mason and Dan Ellis. Additionally, in the last three years, the Predators have attracted free agents such as Paul Kariya, Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont, Radek Bonk, Greg deVries and Martin Gelinas.
In addition to the coaches, head athletic trainer Dan Redmond, and head equipment manager Pete Rogers as well as their staff have been given contract extensions.