Peter Laviolette Congratulates Wheeling Nailers On 1,000th Win

The ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers just earned their 1,000th win for the organization on Wednesday night. As part of the celebration, several of the team’s alumni sent pre-recorded personal messages congratulating the organization on the milestone. Capitals bench boss Peter Laviolette was one of those alumni.

Coach Laviolette’s message reflected fondly on his family’s time in West Virginia.

Laviolette’s first head coaching job was with the Wheeling Nailers during the 1997-98 season. He would later depart for the head coaching position with the AHL’s Providence Bruins after just one season in Wheeling.

Laviolette and the Providence Bruins would win the Calder Cup in his first season in Providence. He would spend two seasons in Providence before becoming an assistant coach with the Boston Bruins in 2000. Laviolette would get his first head coaching job in the NHL with the New York Islanders in 2001. Laviolette went from head coach in Wheeling to head coach in the NHL in just four years.

Full video by the Wheeling Nailers:

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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