Carolina Hurricanes extend head coach Bill Peters’ contract through 2018-2019

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Wednesday that the team signed head coach Bill Peters to a contract extension through the 2018-2019 season.

“Bill is a talented, young coach in the National Hockey League,” executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis said.

“We are happy that he has made a commitment to the Hurricanes, and that he will be a major part of the team continuing to grow.”

Peters was named the Hurricanes’ head coach on June 19, 2014, becoming the 13th person to serve as head coach in the franchise’s NHL history.

The Hurricanes have gone 65-72-27 during his two seasons behind the bench, finishing last season with a 35-31-16 record, the team’s highest points total (86) since 2010-11, and a 15-point improvement from 2014-15.

This past May, Peters led Team Canada to its second consecutive gold medal at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.

The fifty-year old native of Three Hills, Alberta was an assistant coach for the 2015 Canadian squad that claimed World Championship gold in the Czech Republic.

Continuing in his capacity to represent his home country, Peters will serve as an assistant coach for Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

Prior to joining the Hurricanes, Peters was an assistant coach for three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.

From 2008-09 through 2010-11, he was head coach of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Rockford IceHogs, where he coached eight players that went on to win the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010 and 2013.

Before coaching at the AHL level, Peters led the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Spokane Chiefs for three seasons, and guided the team to the 2008 Memorial Cup.