Peter Laviolette Biography – Washington Capitals Head Coach

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Peter Laviolette bio

Peter Laviolette(C) has helped his two sons do well in ice hockey as they are collegiate players now. Image Source: Jack Laviolette's Instagram.

  • Birth DateDecember 7, 1964
  • Birth Name Peter Philip Laviolette Jr.
  • Age 60
  • Height 6' 2''
  • Weight 200 pounds
  • Birth Place Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
  • Birth Sign Sagittarius
  • Nationality American
  • Profession Ice Hockey Coach
  • Partner Kristen Laviolette
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Eye Color Brown
  • Hair Color Brown
  • Children Peter Laviolette III, Jack Laviolette, Elisabeth Rose Laviolette
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Peter Laviolette is a veteran ice hockey coach who previously was the head coach for the United States Men’s National Team in 2020. Having had a successful playing as well as coaching career, many consider him one of the best coaches in the country. He has played over 600 career matches and coached more than 1,300 games so far.

Laviolette has been a go-to name for the American ice hockey teams as he has managed the national team twice now. With over two decades of coaching experience and now serving as Washington Capitals head coach, Laviolette has made quite a name for himself. Let’s learn how the coach has succeeded to stay on the top of the game for such a long time in this biography.

Two-Time Olympian

Peter Philip Laviolette Jr. was born to American parents on December 7, 1964, in Franklin, Massachusetts, USA. The coach has not revealed anything about his parents yet as he seems pretty private about his personal life. However, Peter Laviolette’s father and mother are quite supportive of his career and attended his matches in the past.

Likewise, Peter’s two biggest supporters are his sisters, Lauren Green and Leslie McInnis. They were present when he was coaching the US national team at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. They mentioned how representing his country is more important to him as a coach than anything.

Peter Laviolette's Parents
Peter Laviolette’s family attended his match to support him at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Image Source: Jack Laviolette’s Instagram.

Laviolette is a 1982 graduate of Franklin High School and was part of the 1988 and 1994 Olympic hockey teams. The two-time Olympian also played for New York Rangers. He played 12 times for the New York team in the NHL for the majority of his 10-year career.

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Peter Laviolette Net Worth And Career

The American head coach has been in the professional hockey scene for 36 years and has managed 1,348 games as of now. With all the years of experience under his belt, one can assume he must certainly have a considerable amount of wealth. Thus, Peter Laviolette’s net worth must be immense from his coaching career.

As a coach, Peter has managed clubs like New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers, and Nashville Predators. Serving as the head coach for all these teams, he must have managed to increase his income. Also, his 10-year playing stint must have helped him amass a significant sum of money.

Here are some of Peter Laviolette’s salaries alongside his contracts with the aforementioned teams:

Team Contract Length Salary (Per Year) Value
Washington Capitals (2020-2023) 3 years $4.9 million $14.7 million
Nashville Predators (2014-2019) 5 years $2 million $10 million
Nashville Predators (2019-2021) 2 years $2.5 million $5 million

Table Source: CapFriendly

Likewise, Laviolette guided New York Islanders to the playoffs in both the seasons he was at the club. He reached the playoffs again with Nashville in 2017. Moreover, Peter guided the US team to the bronze medal in the 2004 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. While serving as an assistant coach at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, he was part of the team when they reached the semifinals.

According to CapFriendly, Laviolette has signed a three-year contract with the Washington Capitals worth $14.7 million. With that, he earns $4.9 million per year. Thus, Peter Laviolette’s net worth must be in multi-millions.

Peter DeBoer is another coach with similar achievements.

Married For 26 Years

Peter married his beautiful partner Kristen Laviolette in June 1996. Peter Laviolette’s wife has had to maintain a lot of significant balance in the family as he was always shifting. He is very appreciative of his spouse, who has always been understanding of his career’s demands.

Peter Laviolette's Wife Kristen Laviolette
Peter has been married to his wife Kristen for two decades. Image Source: Social Media.

Kristen was born on July 10, 1975, in Norfolk, Massachusetts. Peter Laviolette’s spouse studied at the International Air Academy. She was working at Delta Airlines when she met her husband. During that time, the latter was playing for Providence Bruins.

The couple has three children together. Given how much Peter had to move around, it must have been hard for Kristen and their kids.

All Three Children Are Athletes

As mentioned earlier, the pair have welcomed three children, two sons and a daughter, into their lives. Peter Laviolette’s first son, Peter Laviolette III, was born on December 19, 1997, in Nashville, Tennessee. He currently plays for Plymouth State University in the NCAA Division III. Likewise, the Laviolette couple welcomed their second child, Jack Laviolette, on May 15, 1999, in Brentwood.


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Jack played for Florida Gulf Coast University in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II. He featured in a total of 113 matches for both his high school and college teams. In addition, Jack is currently working as a salesperson at Atlantic Key Energy in Florida.

Finally, Peter Laviolette’s daughter, Elisabeth Rose Laviolette, is currently in her sophomore year and is doing extremely well with the Boston College Eagles women’s softball team. Having appeared in more than 60 games in the last two years or so, she has registered 24 hits with seven doubles.

Overall, Peter and his family seem to be doing extremely well in their lives. Let’s hope he and his children keep winning and bring more success home.

Trivia And Facts

  • Peter guided Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup win in 2006.
  • He played 14 games in the Olympics.