Today, the Nashville Predators announced that assistant coach Peter Horachek has been promoted to associate coach with the Predators. The role of associate coach was held by Brent Peterson, who stepped down following the 2010-11 season due to his Parkinson’s disease.
Horachek was recently a candidate for the head coaching jobs in Florida and Dallas, and is regarded as one of the top assistants in the NHL. Horachek offered some thoughts on the promotion earlier today:
“We all want to be a head coach – that’s why we do this game as coaches. We want to get to the point of being the head coach of an NHL team. Going through the process, getting the recognition, getting people talking and calling you is a real positive situation. We’ve had success here as a group of people, we have a lot of quality people on our staff, and I’m coming back to a staff that I’m very familiar and happy working with.”
The following is the official release from the Predators…
Nashville, Tenn. (June 15, 2011) – 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.
Prior to joining the Predators coaching staff on June 19, 2003, Horachek served as head coach of Nashville’s primary developmental affiliate in the AHL, the Milwaukee Admirals. He guided the Admirals to a 32-27-14-7 record and their first playoff series victory since 1998. Prior to becoming head coach of the Admirals, the Stoney Creek, Ont., native won championships as a coach and a player. In 2000-01, Horachek coached the Orlando Solar Bears to the International Hockey League championship. The Solar Bears went 12-4 in the Turner Cup Playoffs and Horachek was named the 2001 IHL Coach of the Year. He also spent time as head coach of the ECHL’s Trenton Titans, head coach/director of hockey operations for the ECHL’s Nashville Knights, and as an assistant with Saginaw of the International League. He also served as a player/assistant coach with Flint (IHL).