Predators fire Laviolette, McCarthy from coaching duties

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Nashville Predators have fired head coach Peter Laviolette. No interim head coach has been named at this time.

Besides Laviolette, the team also fired associate head coach Kevin McCarthy.

Former Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette speaks to the media after a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets
Peter Laviolette speaks to the media after a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets (Getty Images)

“Under the leadership of Peter and Kevin, our organization reached unprecedented heights – from our franchise-altering run to the Stanley Cup Final to a Presidents’ Trophy and our first two Central Division titles,” Poile said. “Their passion for the game, ability to motivate a team and drive to be the best makes this a difficult decision. On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Peter and Kevin for all their contributions to the Nashville Predators over the past five-and-a-half seasons.”

Laviolette had been the Predators head coach since the 2014-15 season. He spent five 1/2 seasons leading the team and guided Nashville to a 19-15-7 record before his departure.

As the Predators head coach, he went 248-143-60 in 451 games. The 451 games are also the most he has served as a team, surpassing the 323 games he previously had during his four-plus seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes.

During the 2016-17 season, Laviolette guided the team to the Western Conference Championship. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Predators 4-2 to win the Stanley Cup Championship.

“On and off the ice, the Laviolette and McCarthy families have left an indelible mark on the entire Smashville community,” Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said. “While Peter and Kevin worked to make our team on the ice one of the elite, their wives, Kristen and Rhonda, spearheaded countless charitable endeavors to Nashville that made a lasting impact, changed lives, and for which we owe them a debt of gratitude.”

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