Bill Peters, former Detroit Red Wings assistant coach, will be the next head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.
Bob McKenzie of TSN reported that he was a leading candidate via Twitter Thursday afternoon. Bill Peters has spent years under the wing of one of the NHL’s best coaches, Mike Babcock.
Mike Babcock and Bill Peters have had a lot of experience together, starting in the late 1990’s when Babcock was head coach of the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL with Peters as his assistant.
Bill Peters was the head man with the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s AHL affiliate, for three seasons. He led the team to a 122-97-7-14 record in those three seasons and led the IceHogs to two Calder Cup Playoff appearances. He had a very weak roster in most of those seasons.
Prior to coaching in the AHL, Bill Peters returned to the WHL to coach the Spokane Chiefs for three seasons. He led the team to a 111-82-10-23 record in that time. In 2008, the Chiefs won 50 games and tallied 107 points in route to a Calder Cup victory.
Bill Peters also has international head coaching experience. in 2008, Peters coached Canada’s U-18 team to a Gold Medal victory in 2008.
The Carolina Hurricanes will announce the hiring in a press conference on Friday, June 20. This is Bill Peters’ first stint as a head coach in the National Hockey League.