BRADENTON BEACH -- A Stanley Cup-winning coach from the National Hockey League has turned over a Bradenton Beach house to his mortgage holder to avoid foreclosure.
Kristen Laviolette and husband Peter Laviolette, who is in his first season behind the bench of the Nashville Predators, signed over a deed on Jan. 14 in lieu of foreclosure to Bank of America for a duplex at 109 7th St. S., in Bradenton Beach, located on Anna Maria Island between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, according to documents filed with the Manatee County Clerk's Office.
Signing over a deed to a bank is a way to avoid foreclosure proceedings and move on from a mortgage in default. Laviolette purchased the home for $390,000 in 2004 and owed the bank $460,000, according to property records.
Laviolette, a native of Franklin, Mass., won the Stanley Cup as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and led the Philadelphia Flyers to a Stanley Cup Final as head coach in 2010, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.
His Predators now sit in second place in the Western Conference with a 30-10-5 record. Laviolette also was named as one of two head coaches for the NHL All-Star Game to be played Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. Laviolette has owned another property in the area since 2002 on Firehouse Road on Longboat Key, according to property records.
Charles Schelle, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter@ImYourChuck.