Peter Laviolette has finalized his first coaching staff with the Capitals, hiring Kevin McCarthy as an assistant coach, the team announced on Wednesday. McCarthy will join Scott Arniel, Blaine Forsythe and Scott Murray on Laviolette's first coaching staff in Washington.
McCarthy, 63, will work primarily with the team's defensemen. He has been a long-time assistant under Laviolette, working with him in Carolina, Philadelphia and Nashville.
"Kevin has had a tremendous impact on my coaching career, and I'm extremely excited to have him join our coaching staff in Washington," said Laviolette via a statement released by the team. "Kevin is a high character individual who has an incredible amount of NHL experience and works relentlessly to make players better. We feel he will be a great addition to our team."
You have to go all the way back to 2002-03 to find the last time McCarthy worked under a different head coach.
Per the team's release, Arniel, Forsythe and Murray will all remain on staff under Laviolette.
"I also had an opportunity to meet with Scott Arniel, Blaine Forsythe and Scott Murray, and I'm pleased to have them return to our staff, Laviolette said. "They are all successful coaches, bring a significant amount of experience and recognize the attention to detail that creates the foundation for a successful team."
This will be Arniel's third season in Washington where he will manage the team's penalty kill. Forsythe has been a long holdover and will be entering his 15th season with the organization and 12th as an assistant coach. He will continue to manage the team's power play.
Murray will enter his fourth season as the goaltending coach. He took over for Mitch Korn as Korn transitioned to director of goaltending before leaving with Barry Trotz for the New York Islanders. Now Murray will be in charge of managing the goalie tandem of Ilya Samsonov and Henrik Lundqvist.