After a season that saw the Carolina Hurricanes come closer to the playoffs than many thought possible, the team has rewarded head coach Bill Peters with a two-year contract extension, that will take him through the 2018-19 season.
Just 50-years old, Carolina represents Peters’ first NHL head coaching job after spending three seasons as an assistant in Detroit under Mike Babcock. Prior to that, he headed the Rockford Icehogs of the AHL and the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL. This past May at the World Championships, Peters headed a staff for Canada that included Dave Cameron and Mike Yeo. He’ll also be behind the bench alongside Babcock at this fall’s World Cup of Hockey.
Peters is very well respected among the league, and has been given credit for much of the play of the Carolina blueline last season, when he seemed to get the most out of each individual skater. After moving on from long-time captain and face of the franchise Eric Staal, Peters will now have to steer the ship without his leadership on the ice.