When Bill Peters was introduced as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, he said his first order of business would b finding the right assistant coach to join him and Rod Brind’Amour behind the bench.
Just a few days later, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that they had hired Steve Smith, former assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers, as an assistant coach.
Steve Smith has had mixed reviews, but Ron Francis, General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, seems very confident with his hire.
“Steve had a solid career as a player and has gained valuable coaching experience with two teams, especially when it comes to working with young defensemen,” – Ron Francis
Steve Smith spent four years in the Edmonton Oilers organization as an assistant coach. Before that, he was a scout with the Chicago Blackhawks.
A veteran of 804 NHL regular season games, Steve Smith brings plenty of on-ice experience to Carolina on top of his coaching experience.
Bill Peters said that he’d hire one assistant coach after Rod Brind’Amour, and that is what he has done. It looks like the Carolina Hurricanes’ coaching staff is now set for next season.
It appears that the Carolina Hurricanes will enter the 2014-2015 season with a coaching staff of Bill Peters, Rod Brind’Amour, and Steve Smith.
The Carolina Hurricanes still need to hire a goaltending coach.