The Calgary Flames announced today that they have named Bill Peters as the franchise’s 19th head coach. Peters joins the Flames after spending the past four seasons as the head coach with the Carolina Hurricanes.
A native of Three Hills, Alberta, Peters brings 21 years of coaching experience to the club. Prior to serving the Hurricanes, the 53-year-old was an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings from 2011-12 through the 2013-14 season. Before that, he led the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs for three campaigns from 2008-09 and 2010-11.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League for the 1999-00 season through to 2001-02. He accepted his first head coaching job when he took over at the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns for three seasons starting in 2002-03. After that, he went back to Spokane as the Chiefs head coach in 2005-06. In 2007-08, he guided Spokane to an Ed Chynoweth Cup WHL championship and a Memorial Cup championship.
Peters played college hockey in Alberta for two seasons at Augustana and one for the Red Deer College Kings where they won the 1989 ACAC championship.
Peters has an extensive international coaching resume. He was recently named as the head coach for Canada’s National team competing at the 2018 IIHF World Championship starting in May. He was an assistant coach with Canada’s Championship team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He also captured a gold medal as head coach of Canada’s National team at the 2016 IIHF World Championship and also won a gold medal as an assistant coach in 2015. He has also won a gold medal at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, where he was head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 team, and a silver medal as an assistant coach with Team Pacific at the 2005 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Bill and his wife Denise, have two children: Aleze and Ayden.