David Poile, Nashville Predators GM has announced early this afternoon that Assistant Coach, Peter Horachek would be promoted to Associate Coach. As all Preds fans were aware, Horachek had Head Coach opportunities with the Panthers and the Dallas Stars, but obviously Mr. Poile didn’t want to lose Horacheck, dispite many wishes by fans that Horachek would leave. Here is part of the statement provide by the Preds website:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Predators Assistant Coach Peter Horachek has been promoted to Associate Coach.
Horachek has been a part of the team’s coaching staff since the 2003-04 season, helping the Predators to Stanley Cup Playoff berths in six of his first seven seasons. Horachek has also helped the Predators reach the 40-win mark in each of the last six seasons, while amassing the League’s sixth-highest win total (272) since 2005-06.
“Peter has brought great energy, passion and knowledge to our coaching staff for the last seven seasons,” Poile said. “He has played a significant role in our overall success, including the development of so many homegrown players. He is very deserving of this promotion.
Horachek replaces longtime Associate Coach, Brent Peterson and Lane Lambert, former head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals takes over Horachek’s former position as Assistant Coach.