Former University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men's hockey coach Bill Peters achieved a career goal today after being named the new head coach of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes.
Peters joins Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock as former Horns coaches who have progressed to the NHL.
Peters's first head coaching experience came with the Pronghorns, when he led the program from 2002 through 2005. Over that time, his teams compiled a 17-59-8 record and one made post-season appearance.
Following his stint in Lethbridge, Peters moved on to the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, where he spent three seasons. In 2008, Peters led the Chiefs to the 2008 Memorial Cup Championship. During his time in Spokane he fashioned a record of 111-82-23 and set franchise records for wins in a season, with 50, and points, with 107.
Peters acquired his first professional coaching position following his stint in Spokane, earning the head coaching job with the Chicago Blackhawks' top affiliate, Rockford Ice Hogs. He led the Ice Hogs to consecutive 40-win seasons and two playoff appearances.
Peters then reunited with Babcock (they previously coached together in Spokane when Peters served as Babcock's assistant) as an assistant coach with the Red Wings where he served in that role for the past three seasons.