Besides one Stanley Cup championship, Laviolette’s transcript also bears a banner AHL campaign statistically unmatched before or since and an NHL playoff-series comeback duplicated by only two previous teams.
The latter event set the tone for his ongoing Philadelphia tenure, which as of Wednesday has been officially extended as the front office reiterated its trust in Laviolette as the Flyers continue to seek their first title since 1975.
Granted, since reaching the finals in 2010, they have been swiftly dislodged from the second round in back-to-back years. But whether they have turned around immediately or gradually, Laviolette has brought too many teams from misery and mediocrity for it to be coincidence.
In between, he has garnered multiple side jobs with Team USA at the Olympics and World Championships.
In light of his newly announced opportunity to add more to his log, Laviolette’s five best coaching highlights to date are as follows.