Bill Peters had some good seasons as coach of the Rockford IceHogs, who he guided to two Calder Cup postseason appearances. Now, Peters gets his first NHL head coaching opportunity.
The Carolina Hurricanes hired Peters as their new head coach, the team announced on its website this afternoon. Peters has spent the three seasons as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings.
Peters, according to the Hurricanes’ website, will be formally introduced in a Friday afternoon press conference.
Plenty of Peters’ former IceHogs are now with the Chicago Blackhawks, including Niklas Hjalmarsson, Corey Crawford, Bryan Bickell, Nick Leddy and Ben Smith. Peters amassed a 122-97-7-14 record over three seasons with the IceHogs, who made the Calder Cup playoffs in his first two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10).
Peters takes over a Hurricanes squad that went 36-35-11 last season and has not made the playoffs since 2008-09.