Capitals’ Peter Laviolette Passes Dick Irvin For the 10th-Most Wins By A Head Coach in NHL History

The Washington Capitals5-3 win over the Nashville Predators at Capital One Arena Wednesday night marked a milestone for head coach Peter Laviolette, who passed Dick Irvin (691) for the 10th-most wins by a head coach in NHL history.

Since Laviolette joined the Capitals at the start of the 2020-21 season, Washington is 55-21-12, good for a .693 points percentage.

According to The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, Laviolette is now chasing ninth-place held by Mike Babcock (700 wins).

Laviolette is having a good season in his sophomore year as Capitals head coach. After the first game of the 2021-22 campaign, which was a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers on October 13, he became the winningest American-born head coach in NHL history. On November 24, he passed Pat Quinn (684) for the 11th-most wins by a head coach in NHL history.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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