Source: Eoin Colquhoun, Lethbridge SportsInformation & Events Coordinator
LETHBRIDGE, Alb. – Former Pronghorn head coach BillPeters reached the pinnacle in hockey coaching world today, beingnamed the new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL.
Peters joins Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock as former’Horns coaches in the NHL. Babcock led the program to its loneUniversity Cup Championship and was named the head coach of theAnaheim Ducks in 2002.
Since moving on to the Red Wings Babcocklead Detroit to a Stanley Cup in 2008 and guided the CanadianOlympic team to two Gold medal performances in 2010 inVancouver and this past winter in Sochi Russia.
Earning his first head coach experience with the Pronghorns, Petersspent three seasons with at the helm of the ‘Horns program, from2002 through 2005, guiding the team to a 17-59-8 record and onepost-season appearance.
Following his stint in Lethbridge, Peters moved on to the SpokaneChief in the WHL, spending three seasons in Spokane leading theChiefs to a Memorial Cup Championship in 2008. During his time inSpokane he compiled a record of 111-82-23 and set franchise recordsfor wins in a season with 50 and points with 107.
From there he moved onto the professional ranks, serving as thehead coach for the Chicago Blackhawks top affiliate Rockford IceHogs, guiding the Ice Hogs to consecutive 40 win seasons and twoplayoff appearances.
During his next step of his coaching career, Peters reunited withBabcock as an assistant coach with the Red Wings where he served inthat role for the past three seasons. Prior to joining thePronghorn program Peters had served as Babcock’s assistant coachwith the Spokane Chiefs.