It seems like it was only yesterday that I was posting here about the possibility of the Philadelphia Flyers canning coach John Stevens. And now it looks like the Flyers have made it official, firing Stevens after the team’s loss to the Canucks.
The team officially announced the decision during a press conference and named former Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette as the replacement. The Flyers spoke with Laviolette earlier today. TSN is reporting that Hurricanes assistant coach Kevin McCarthy was also given permission by Carolina to leave and join Laviolette as an assistant.
As many know, Laviolette was behind the bench in Carolina when the squad won the Cup in 2006.
“This was a very difficult decision for me to make given my relationship with John,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. “I want to thank him for his service to the Flyers organization over the years. However, in watching the team over the past few weeks I felt a new voice was needed in order to get us out of this and in the direction we expect.”
Stevens was named head coach of the Flyers in October of 2006 after coaching the team’s AHL affiliate for six seasons.
With Laviolette, the Flyers are getting a fresh look at things. He’ll bring an entirely new energy to the club, said Holmgren. “We look forward to him putting his stamp on the team quickly and getting our team headed in the right direction,” he said.
“Obviously this is a great opportunity. I am really excited,” said Laviolette. “The Flyers are an organization that has a lot of tradition and a lot of history. This is just an exciting time for me and my family and we are really looking forward to it.”
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