It's official, Capitals hire former Leafs coach Spencer Carbery
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It's official, Capitals hire former Leafs coach Spencer Carbery

Carbery becomes the 20th head coach in Capitals' history.



UPDATE: It's official, Spencer Carbery has been named the 20th head coach in Washington Capitals history.

"We are extremely pleased to name Spencer as our new head coach," said Capitals GM Brian MacLellan in a prepared statement. "Spencer is one of the best young coaches in the game who's had success at every level at which he has coached. We feel his leadership, communication skills, ability to develop players and familiarity with our organization will be a tremendous asset as he makes this next step in his coaching career."

"It's a tremendous honor and privilege to be named the head coach of the Washington Capitals," said Carbery. "I would like to thank the Capitals organization for affording me the opportunity to lead this team. I look forward to working with this group of talented players and building upon the winning culture in place. I would also like to thank the Toronto Maple Leafs organization for all their support over the past two years and wish them all the best in the future."

Read below for our earlier report on this developing story.

According to Washington Capitals insider Tarik El-Bashir, the Capitals have hired former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Spencer Carbery as the team's new head coach.

Carbery, a first time NHL head coach, replaces veteran NHL coach Peter Laviolette. The 41 year old Carbery though has significant experience with the Capitals' organization though as he was head coach of their AHL affiliate Hershey Bears for three seasons before joining the Leafs.

ESPN insider Emily Kaplan reports that it's a four year deal for Carbery with the Capitals.

More from Kaplan:

The Washington Capitals are hiring Spencer Carbery as their next head coach, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Carbery, 41, was one of the buzziest names on the coaching circuit. He most recently was an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs, running their power play. He now returns to the Washington Capitals organization, where he came up through the ranks coaching for their ECHL and AHL affiliates.

- Emily Kaplan

More to come on this developing story.

Source: Washington Capitals