Bill Peters joined the Red Wings staff on July 8, 2011 after spending the past three seasons as the Head Coach of the Rockford IceHogs (AHL), where he amassed a record of 122-97-7-14 in addition to a pair of Calder Cup Playoff appearances. Prior to his tenure with the IceHogs, Peters led the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs to the 2008 Memorial Cup title as champions of the Canadian Hockey League in the final season of his second stint with the team. Peters also was a member of coach Mike Babcock’s staff in Spokane in the late 1990’s prior to coaching the University of Lethbridge Hurricanes (CIS) for three seasons.
The Three Hills, Alberta, native also has impressive international credentials, having served as Head Coach of the Gold Medal-winning Team Canada at the 2008 U-18 Junior World Cup.
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk