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Hurricanes Fire Maurice, Name Laviolette As New Coach

Posted December 16, 2003 6:23 a.m. EST

— The Carolina Hurricanes fired Paul Maurice and named former New York Islanders coach Peter Laviolette as the team's new head coach on Monday.

"He (Laviolette) brings experience and an aggressive coaching style to the Hurricanes,'' Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said.

Hurricanes assistant coach Kevin McCarthy and recently retired Carolina forward Jeff Daniels will join Laviolette behind the bench. Assistant coach Randy Ladoceur and goaltending consultant Don Edwards also were relieved of their duties.

Laviolette had a 77-68-19 record with the Islanders in the regular season during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. He led the team to the playoffs in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, but was fired after the Islanders' first-round loss to Ottawa.

Laviolette signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Maurice, the second-youngest and longest-tenured coach in the NHL, was in his ninth season with the Hurricanes.

Maurice, who has been with the franchise since taking over the Hartford Whalers 12 games into the 1995-96 season, ranks first in franchise history in regular-season wins (260), games coached (644), playoff wins (17) and playoff games coached (35).

Maurice led the team to the Southeast Division title in 1999 and 2002 and led Carolina to four consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history between 1998 and 2002 -- compiling a record of 144-123-53-8 over that span. He led the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002, where they lost in five games to the Detroit Red Wings.

Maurice was relieved of his duties after the Canes' 8-12-8-2 start. He is the third NHL coach fired this season. The Florida Panthers dismissed Mike Keenan in November, and the Washington Capitals replaced Bruce Cassidy last week. The Capitals are the only team that trails Carolina in the division.