RALEIGH, N.C. – The Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes announced that they have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with former Wheeling Nailers head coach Peter Laviolette.
Laviolette began his coaching career in the ECHL in 1997-98 when he led Wheeling to the conference finals in the Kelly Cup Playoffs after finishing 37-24-9 in the regular season. He was head coach of the United States hockey team in the 2006 Olympics and was head coach of Team USA in each of the past two International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships.
The ECHL has been represented on each of the past six Stanley Cup champions. Laviolette is the first ECHL coach to have his name engraved on the historic trophy while former Florida Everblades right wing Chad LaRose and former Toledo defenseman Andrew Hutchinson raise the number of former ECHL players on the Stanley Cup to 11. Chris Stewart becomes the third former Johnstown Chief to be part of the Stanley Cup winner joining former Chiefs equipment manager Dana Heinze and former Johnstown radio broadcaster Dave Mishkin, who both had their name engraved in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Carolina is owned by Peter Karmonos, Jr. who is also part owner of the Florida Everblades in the ECHL, who are the ECHL affiliate of the Hurricanes.