Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Peter Laviolette
Peter Laviolette was a defenceman who played 12 games with the New York Rangers in 1988-89. Although his NHL career was short, he was a solid playmaker in the minors and on the US national team. He entered the 2001-02 season as the new head coach of the New York Islanders.

Born in Norwood, Massachusetts, Laviolette played his amateur hockey at nearby Westfield State College. Undrafted and unsigned, he scored 30 points and played a hard-nosed style on the CHL's Indianapolis Checkers in 1986-87. A few months later he signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers then joined the national team program. Laviolette registered 24 points in 54 exhibition matches then represented his country at the Calgary Olympics. Following the tournament he made his pro debut with the Colorado Rangers of the IHL.

Apart from his brief recall to New York, Laviolette was chiefly a regular in the IHL and AHL. He came to terms with the Boston Bruins in September, 1992 but this only meant a switch from Binghamton to Providence of the AHL. In 1993-94, the hard-working blueliner committed to Team USA and played in the Lillehammer Olympics. He then played three more years in the minors before hanging up his skates in 1997.

Following his playing career Laviolette stayed in the game as the head coach of the ECHL's Wheeling Thunderbirds in 1997-98. After leading the club to the semifinals he served as the coach of the AHL's Providence Bruins for two years. In 1998-99 Laviolette was named the top coach in the league after guiding the Bruins to the Calder Cup. In 2000-01 he was promoted by Boston to serve as Pat Burns' assistant, a job he kept when Mike Keenan was brought in part way through the season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Westfield State College NCAA-2 26 3 7 10 14
1983-84 Westfield State College NCAA-2 25 15 14 29 52
1984-85 Westfield State College NCAA-2 23 13 15 28 22
1985-86 Westfield State College NCAA-2 19 12 8 20 44
1986-87 Indianapolis Checkers IHL 72 10 20 30 146 5 0 1 1 12
1987-88 United States Nat-Tm 54 4 20 24 82
1987-88 United States Olympics 5 0 2 2 4
1987-88 Colorado Rangers IHL 19 2 5 7 27 9 3 5 8 7
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 12 0 0 0 6 +2
1988-89 Denver Rangers IHL 57 6 19 25 120 3 0 0 0 4
1989-90 Flint Spirits IHL 62 6 18 24 82 4 0 0 0 4
1990-91 Binghamton Rangers AHL 65 12 24 36 72 10 2 7 9 30
1991-92 Binghamton Rangers AHL 50 4 10 14 50 11 2 7 9 9
1992-93 Providence Bruins AHL 74 13 42 55 64 6 0 4 4 10
1993-94 United States Nat-Tm 56 10 25 35 63
1993-94 United States Olympics 8 1 0 1 6
1993-94 San Diego Gulls IHL 17 3 4 7 20 9 3 0 3 6
1994-95 Providence Bruins AHL 65 7 23 30 84 13 2 8 10 17
1995-96 Providence Bruins AHL 72 9 17 26 53 4 1 1 2 8
1996-97 Providence Bruins AHL 41 6 8 14 40
NHL Totals 12 0 0 0 6


Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, August 12, 1987. Signed as a free agent by Boston, September 8, 1992.