Peter Laviolette Earns 674th Career Win As NHL Head Coach – Most By Any American Head Coach

In addition to Alex Ovechkin goal-scoring milestones and Hendrix Lapierre’s first goal, the Washington Capitals’ 5-1 win against the New York Rangers on Wednesday evening marked a coaching milestone for head coach Peter Laviolette.

Laviolette earned his 674th career win as an NHL head coach, passing John Tortorella for most wins by an American coach.

With a career record of 674-440-25-128, Laviolette passed Tortorella in 116 fewer games coached. Laviolette’s 674 wins rank 12th in NHL history and sixth among active head coaches. Laviolette is currently 26 wins shy of becoming the 10th coach in NHL history to reach 700 career wins.

Laviolette has coached the Washington Capitals since the beginning of the 2020-21 season. Prior to that he coached the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers, and Nashville Predators.

Laviolette’s most recent coaching stint, prior to the Caps, was with Nashville from 2014-15 through 2019-20. He coached the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2005-06 and has led two other teams to the Stanley Cup Finals – the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009-10 and the Nashville Predators in 2016-17.

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ARLINGTON, Va. – With a 5-1 win against the New York Rangers on Wednesday in the Capitals’ season opener at Capital One Arena, Washington Capitals Head Coach Peter Laviolette recorded his 674th career win, passing John Tortorella for the most wins by an American-born head coach in NHL history.

With a career record of 674-440-25-128, Laviolette passed Tortorella in 116 fewer games coached. Laviolette’s 674 wins rank 12th in NHL history and sixth among active head coaches. Laviolette is currently 26 wins shy of becoming the 10th coach in NHL history to reach 700 career wins.

Last season, Laviolette set a franchise record with a .688 points percentage (36-15-5), the highest points percentage by a first-year head coach in franchise history. Laviolette has improved his respective team’s point percentage from the season prior to his arrival at all five franchise’s he’s coached in his career. During the 2020-21 season, the Caps were tied for fourth in the NHL in goals (188) and their 3.36 goals per game average marked the second-highest average by the team in the last 10 seasons.

Laviolette became the fourth American-born coach to win the Stanley Cup in 2006 with Carolina. In his career, Laviolette has led 12 teams to postseason appearances and has an overall record of 76-72 in the playoffs. Laviolette is the fourth coach in NHL history to lead three different teams to the Stanley Cup Final (Carolina: 2006; Philadelphia: 2010; Nashville: 2017), joining Dick Irvin, Scotty Bowman and Mike Keenan.


By Diane Doyle

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1 Response to Peter Laviolette Earns 674th Career Win As NHL Head Coach – Most By Any American Head Coach

  1. DC Scappeli says:

    Nice article. Congrats, Lavi! I know some folks got down on Lavi last year but he’s got a full training camp in and chance to meet and get to know players better and a full season to work with. Let’s see how he does now going forward. It took Trotz 4 years to get the Caps to break through.

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