With limited NHL coaching experience under his belt, Peter Horachek has the rest of the season to build a resume for himself.
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Peter Horachek has been named the interim head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs after the firing of former head coach Randy Carlyle.
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“One thing we can change is a resolve and an attitude,” Horachek said Tuesday. “We have control over our own attitude and how we work and how we (approach) our day-to-day business.”
Horachek has been an assistant coach with the team since July 11, 2014. He was the head coach of the American Hockey League’s San Antonio Rampage before becoming head coach of the Florida Panthers midway through the 2013-14 season replacing Kevin Dineen. He spent 66 games behind the bench in Florida posting a 26-36-4 record. Horachek was also assistant coach with the Nashville Predators for nine seasons from 2003-2013.
In addition to his experience as a coach, Horachek played for ten seasons as a forward in the AHL and the International Hockey League with four teams. He also played junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals for three seasons.
Carlyle was fired after a 21-16-3 start to the 2014-15 season. The Maple Leafs missed the playoffs the previous year.