Laviolette selected to coach USA team

USA?Hockey got it right this time.

The organization named its head coach for the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation men’s world championships Tuesday.

The selection has a familiar ring to it as former Wheeling Nailers head coach Peter Laviolette was named to the prestigious post.

Laviolette coached in Wheeling for just one season — 1997-98 — before moving on to the AHL?where he won a Calder Cup with the Providence Bruins in 1998-99.

Laviolette also coached in the NHL for the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. His Carolina team captured the Stanley Cup in 2006.

The 49-year-old Laviolette has a wealth of hockey experience — both on and off the ice.

He has previously represented the United States in international competition on numerous occasions in several different capacities.

Laviolette was an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic team in Sochi, Russia. He also served as the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team in Torino, Italy.

As a player, he donned a USA?jersey for the 1988 and 1994 Winter Olympics. He was the team captain in 1994.

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