Philadelphia Flyers head coach and Franklin, Mass., native Peter Laviolette will serve as an assistant coach of the US menís hockey team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Dan Bylsma, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will serve as head coach for the US team, while his Pittsburgh assistant Tony Granato and Columbus head coach Todd Richards will join Laviolette as assistants on the U.S. squad.
Laviolette has coached the Flyers since 2009-10, and led Philadelphia to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final. He was the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2003 to 2009 and won the 2006 Stanley Cup, and he was the runner-up for the Jack Adams Trophy for NHL coach of the year that same season. Laviolette was the head coach of the US menís hockey team at the 2006 Winter Olympics, as well as head coach of the US at the 2004 and 2005 IIHF World Championships. He also played on Olympic teams himself in 1988 and 1994.
Prior to being named a head coach in the NHL, Laviolette served as head coach of the Bruinsí AHL-affiliate Providence Bruins for two seasons in 1998-99 and 1999-00. He won the P-Bruinsí first Calder Cup championship in 1999 and was named that seasonís AHL coach of the year. Laviolette played 11 seasons of professional hockey after playing four seasons in college at Westfield State.
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