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Carolina Hurricanes hire Bill Peters as coach

Thursday, 06.19.2014 / 6:55 PM / News

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Carolina Hurricanes hire Bill Peters as coach
The Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday hired former Detroit Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as coach.

Bill Peters has been named coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, general manager Ron Francis announced Thursday.

Peters at a glance

Bill Peters is the 13th coach in Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history, the fourth since the franchise relocated to North Carolina.

He also:

-- Served as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings from 2011-14.

-- Led the Rockford Ice Hogs to consecutive 40-win seasons and playoff berths (2008-09, 2009-10) during three seasons as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate.

-- Won the 2008 Memorial Cup and Western Hockey League championship in his third and final season as coach of the Spokane Chiefs.

-- Coached the U-18 Canada team that included Taylor Hall, Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Schenn, Evander Kane and Matt Duchene to a gold medal at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

-- First became a coach at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, from 2002-05. 

-- Played one game with the San Antonio Iguanas of the now-defunct Central Hockey League in 1994-95; he had one goal and two assists.

Peters has been an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings the past three seasons.

"I'll take the culture of winning in Detroit with me," Peters told the Detroit Free Press. "Our players are everyday-ers, and that's going to be our challenge in Carolina, to win every game. Our expectations are going to be high, we're going to improve our work ethic across the board, and that will allow us to have more success."

Peters spent three seasons coaching Rockford of the American Hockey League and three with Spokane of the Western Hockey League before joining the Red Wings.

The 48-year-old won the Memorial Cup with Spokane in 2008. He spent parts of four seasons with Spokane as an assistant to Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

"Mike and I have known each other for 26 years," Peters told the newspaper. "The coaching group, it's a fraternity. … I've enjoyed my three years here in Detroit and I'm looking forward to getting started in Carolina."

Peters said he also interviewed with the Florida Panthers for their coaching vacancy.

"We're real happy for Bill; he's worked real hard," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told The Detroit News. "He has a lot of passion for coaching. Working the last few seasons with Mike Babcock has helped in Bill's development as a coach, and that experience should help him into the future."

In Carolina, Peters is replacing Kirk Muller, who was fired after parts of three seasons that did not have a Stanley Cup Playoff appearance. Peters will be formally introduced Friday.

"There's lots of work ahead of us," Peters told the Free Press. "It's an exciting time. I'm going to get into the inner workings of the organization, start calling some players and building relationships."

Quote of the Day

We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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