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Laviolette Named Head Coach of 2009 U.S. Men's Select Team

10/15/2009, 9:30am EDT
By USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Peter Laviolette, who served as the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, has been named the head coach of the 2009 U.S. Men's Select Team that will compete at the Deutschland Cup Nov. 6-8 in Munich, Germany.

Peter Laviolette eyes the action from behind the Carolina Hurricanes bench.
In addition to leading Team USA at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Laviolette served as the head coach of two (2004, 2005) U.S. Men's National Teams that competed at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Men's Championship, winning a bronze medal in 2004. He also guided the U.S. Men's Select Team to a first-place finish at the 2003 Deutschland Cup in Hannover, Germany, and was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

In the National Hockey League, Laviolette's 244 career regular-season victories sit second on the all-time wins list by an American-born head coach. He spent parts of five seasons (2003-08) as the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, and in 2005-06, led the team to the Southeast Division title and the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup. He became the fourth American-born head coach to win the Stanley Cup and was runner-up for the Jack Adams Award, given to the league's top coach, following the season.

Prior to arriving in Carolina, Laviolette served as the head coach of the New York Islanders for two seasons (2001-03) and led the club to the playoffs both years. The 2001-02 campaign marked the first time the Islanders made the postseason since 1994.

FENTON, POSS TABBED AS ASSISTANT COACHES

Paul Fenton, assistant general manager of the NHL's Nashville Predators, and Greg Poss, long-time professional head coach in Europe, join Laviolette on the coaching staff as assistant coaches.

Fenton is in his fourth season as the assistant general manager of the Predators after spending the previous eight years as Nashville's director of player personnel. Prior to joining the Predators, Fenton served in the Anaheim Ducks' hockey operations department for five seasons (1993-98). He worked as a scout his first three years before being elevated to chief professional scout the last two campaigns.

Poss is serving as an assistant coach for a U.S. Men's Select Team for the third time after being on the staff in 2003 and 2004. He has spent his entire professional coaching career in Europe and most recently served as the head coach of the Mannheim Eagles of the German Elite League. In 2006-07, he led Mannheim to the league title and the German Cup.

NOTES: The support staff for U.S. Men's Select Team includes Scott Aldrich (equipment manager), Dr. Ron Royce (team physician), Bob Webster (team leader), Peewee Willmann (massage therapist) and Stan Wong (trainer) ... The Deutschland Cup has been held every year since 1990 and will feature Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... The U.S. won the tournament in 2003 and 2004, garnered a second-place finish in 2007 and finished third in 2005. The U.S. also competed in 2002 ... USA Hockey expects to announce the U.S. Men's Select Team roster that will compete in the Deutschland Cup the week of Oct. 19.

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