Is Philadelphia Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette Too Fiery for His Own Good?
When HBO did its 24/7 series last December and followed the Flyers and New York Rangers in the month before the 2012 Winter Classic, hockey fans were given an up-close look at the passion Laviolette coaches with.
Here's an example of this passion (WARNING: Video contains language NSFW):
Not every coach in the NHL has a real fiery personality, but for top coaches such as Laviolette and Rangers head coach John Tortorella, it's a very effective style for their kind of team.
Laviolette is one of the five best coaches in the NHL, and even though he's a bit young by coaching standards (47 years old), he's already won a Stanley Cup. In 10 seasons as an NHL head coach, his teams have made the playoffs six times.
He's never missed the playoffs with the Flyers; in fact, he's gotten them to the second round or further in each of his three seasons with the team.
Most of the great coaches in any sport are fiery people, and since Laviolette's coaching style works for him, there's no reason for him to change it at any point in his career.
Laviolette is the kind of coach that players love playing for, and you know that he's going to give 100 percent effort each night in preparing his players for that game's challenge, as well as being able to make the proper in-game adjustments.
In a blue-collar city that demands tough, physical play from its Flyers, Laviolette's fiery personality is the ideal fit for the team.
The Flyers are lucky to have a coach like Laviolette, and for them to maintain and improve on the amount of success they've had during his tenure, he should not change his coaching style at all.
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