Winless Flyers fire Laviolette
PHILADELPHIA—Despite a pre-season vote of confidence from ownership, the Philadelphia Flyers fired coach Peter Laviolette today after an 0-3 start.
The Flyers made the announcement at a morning news conference—less than a day after Philadelphia dropped a 2-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes.
He is the Flyers’ 18th coach in team history.
Laviolette dealt with rumours of his firing last season—a year in which the Flyers missed the playoffs after the lockout shortened the campaign.
It was the only season in which he failed to make the post-season in Philadelphia.
He was hired early in the 2009 season after John Stevens was fired and led the Flyers on an improbable run to the 2010 Stanley Cup final, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
Laviolette won the Stanley Cup coaching the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and previously coached the N.Y. Islanders.