The United States has officially named the head coach for the 2020 IIHF World Championship, which is slated to be held in Switzerland during May 8th to 24th. The confirmation that Peter Laviolette will coach this national team was made by Chris Drury, the US General Manager of Hockey. It was expressed that Peter maintains an incredible level of experience with coaching and playing, which extends to unlimited desires at winning. It’s firmly expected that Peter Laviolette will bring the United States to a Silver or Gold Medal victory.
Shockingly, the United States National Hockey team announced that Laviolette would become the Head Coach. It was less than two months ago that he was terminated from the Nashville Predators. This man is also ranked 16th in the coaching standings, having maintained 637 won games throughout eighteen seasons. Peter has coached for the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators. Another shocking element to his new role is that Peter previously coached the United States National Hockey Team to a bronze victory in 2004. The Executive Director of United States Hockey Operations spoke on this announcement. He stated: “Peter is a terrific coach and someone who has had success wherever he’s been. We’re thrilled to have him back as head coach of our men’s national team.”
It should be noted that the remaining players and coaching staff for the 2020 US National Hockey Team haven’t been announced. They must first be selected by this new head coach and the assistant coaching staff, which extends to the General Manager and Advisory Committee. Subsequently, it’ll be a prolonged period before we hear anything regarding the full lineup of players. It’s expected that notable athletes like Sydney Crosby and Mike Tavares will play leading roles in this national team.
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Peter Laviolette isn’t the only coach who found himself facing severe fines or termination. It was announced this week that Claude Julien from the Montreal Canadians has been fined $10,000.00 for making illicit comments towards referees. This isn’t the 1st time that the head coach has clashed with referees, often uttering threats of violence towards them or their family. The paid fined from Claude Julien will see his money go towards the NHL Foundation.