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Kevin McCarthy to be Capitals head coach against Lightning with Peter Laviolette in protocol due to COVID-19

Kevin McCarthy to be Capitals head coach against Lightning with Peter Laviolette in protocol due to COVID-19

The Capitals announced this coach on Friday morning Peter Laviolette has entered the NHL’s COVID protocol and as a result will not practice in the team’s next two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

assistant coach Kevin McCarthy will take the reins behind the bench. McCarthy has been an assistant or associate coach in the league for 27 years.

Laviolette joins a slew of his players in not being available to face the Lightning, as not even the coaching staff seems to have been spared in recent years. exodus from the Capitals lineup.

In his place, McCarthy is more than qualified given the vast experience he has gained as an assistant, especially on teams led by Laviolette. However, the last time he was in charge of a professional hockey team was during the 1998-99 AHL season with the New Haven Beast.

“We’re keeping it as normal as we can,” McCarthy said Friday. “I will work with D, [Blaine Forsythe] will work with the forwards until the change. We just want to make it as simple as we can for the players, to keep the routines the same as we did this morning.”

This is the first COVID-19-related absence the Caps have experienced this season after, like all NHL teams, they suffered several last season. The Pittsburgh Penguins were in an identical situation almost exactly a year ago when their head coach Mike Sullivan was unable to practice due to COVID.

Former Chiefs bench boss Todd Reirden took the reins for the Pens in this case.

Headline photo: Alan Dobbins/RMNB





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