Peter Laviolette named Team USA assistant coach

Peter Laviolette named Team USA assistant coach

July 23, 2013, 12:00 pm

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is going back to the Olympics.
 
This time as an assistant coach for Team USA under head man Dan Bylsma (coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins).
 
Laviolette was named to the USA coaching staff for the Sochi Winter Games Tuesday along with Todd Richards (of the Columbus Blue Jackets) and Tony Granato (also with Pittsburgh).
 
Laviolette served as the 2006 USA head coach in the Olympics and has twice been a member of the U.S. squad – 1988 and 1994.
 
Additionally, he has twice been the head coach of U.S. Men's National Team in the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship (2004, 2005).

It should be interesting to have all three in such close quarters on the bench given the incident in Pittsburgh on Apr. 1, 2012, when Laviolette, Bylsma and Granato exchanged words in the final 1:03 of a 6-4 Flyers’ win.
 
A couple incidents in the game involving Joe Vitale going after Danny Briere in retaliation for Brayden Schenn’s crosscheck to Sidney Crosby triggered a melee.
 
Laviolette was fined $10,000 and Granato $2,000. Both were jawing at each other from the glass that separated the benches at CONSOL Energy Center.
 
The Sochi Games are Feb. 7 to Feb. 23.
 
In terms of Olympic training camps involving Flyers, Kimmo Timonen will be joining Finland, and both Erik Gustafsson and Nicklas Grossmann have been invited to Sweden’s camp.
 
Andrej Meszaros is expected to be on Slovakia’s team roster, Jakub Voracek is a given with the Czech Republic and Mark Streit with the Swiss squad. Claude Giroux was announced on Monday as part of Team Canada’s orientation camp.

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