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Bill Peters signs two-year extension with Hurricanes

Coach guided Carolina to 15-point improvement in second season @NHL

Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters signed a two-year contract extension Wednesday that runs through the 2018-19 NHL season.

"Bill is a talented, young coach in the National Hockey League," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. "We are happy that he has made a commitment to the Hurricanes and that he will be a major part of the team continuing to grow."

Last season, Peters' second, the Hurricanes had 35 wins and 86 points, which were five more wins and 15 more points than his first season. It also was the most points in a season for the Hurricanes since 2010-11. They finished 10 points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild card from the Eastern Conference into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Peters, 51, coached Canada to the gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Championship. He will be an assistant coach for Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

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