On February 15, 2022, Washington Capitals Head Coach Peter Laviolette recorded his 700th career win as an NHL bench boss, against one of his former clubs the Nashville Predators. On the final day of February and on a night in which the Caps celebrated Black History Month, the club honored their head coach for his milestone achievement.
During the first period of their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Capitals paid tribute to Laviolette’s 700th career win behind an NHL bench with a video played on the team’s jumbotron.
700 and counting…
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) March 1, 2022
The video features Laviolette’s past and former players and colleagues. In 1,320 games coached entering the team’s tilt against Toronto, Laviolette held a 701-457-25-37 (including ties) record, for a Points Percentage of .592. In 148 Stanley Cup Playoff games coached, Laviolette holds a 76-72 record, with three trips to the Stanley Cup Finals and a victory with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. In 110 games as Washington’s head coach, Laviolette holds a regular season record of 64-32-14, and a 1-4 postseason record.
Earlier this season, Laviolette surpassed John Tortorella as the winningest American-born bench boss in NHL history, and is one of just 10 coaches ever to reach the seven-century mark in victories.
By Michael Fleetwood