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Bill Peters hired as Carolina Hurricanes head coach

The former Red Wings assistant gets his first NHL head coaching job.

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The Carolina Hurricanes have named Bill Peters as their next head coach. The team announced that the former Detroit Red Wings assistant has won its open job in a press release on Thursday evening, and it will announce the news formally at a press conference on Friday morning in Raleigh.

Peters has been a coach in the professional ranks since 2008. He was an assistant under Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock for three years, focusing mainly on teaching Detroit's defensemen and penalty killers. Before being brought on by the Wings, Peters was the head coach of the AHL's Rockford IceHogs for three seasons, in two of which the team won 40 games and qualified for the postseason.

Peters was also the head coach of the WHL's Spokane Chiefs before the Rockford gig, and under him they won the Memorial Cup as Canada's top major junior team in 2008. He also served as an assistant in Spokane and a head coach at the University of Lethbridge.

The Hurricanes fired coach Kirk Muller in early May, shortly after longtime general manager Jim Rutherford stepped down and team legend Ron Francis stepped into the GM role. Peters is the 13th head coach in the history of the Hurricanes franchise, dating back to their time in Hartford.