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Peter Laviolette Hired By Nashville Predators

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Nashville Predators have found their new head coach. President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Peter Laviolette will now be the second coach in team history. 

Laviolette won the 2006 Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes and led the New York Islanders to back-to-back playoff appearances. He has a history of turning struggling teams into playoff contenders and likes what he has to work with in Nashville.

Through a statement issued by the team, Laviolette says "I love the nucleus of this team, starting on the back end with two of the best players at their positions in defenseman Shea Weber and goaltender Pekka Rinne, in addition to a solid group of dependable veterans and talented, rising young talent. My challenge will be to impart a system that enables our young forwards to thrive and reach their offensive potential. Being a perennial Stanley Cup contender requires buy-in, passion and commitment from every player on the roster. I can't wait to get to Nashville and get started on our journey." 

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