Monday, June 24, 2013

Laviolette a finalist for Sochi post

There are only three possible choices for head coach of Team USA for next Winter's ice hockey tournament in Sochi, and Peter Laviolette is one of them.

Along with the now-unemployed John Tortorella and Pittsburgh's Dan Bylsma, Laviolette is one of a small fraternity of coaches in the NHL who were born and raised in the States.

Laviolette, a native of suburban Boston, represented Team USA as a player in 1988 at Calgary, eventually putting up 22 assists and 25 points in 56 games for the 1987-88 season. The Red, White and Blue snagged a seventh-place finish after posting an 8-4 win over Switzerland.

The finalist will be named by USA Hockey on Saturday in New York City.

Ron Wilson served as head coach for the Americans at Vancouver four years ago, leading them to a Silver medal.

Tortorella was an assistant on Wilson's staff in 2010.

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