Bill Peters, Three Hills native, new Calgary Flames Head Coach

Peters Photo Credit PAUL MAWDSLEY

After his resignation from the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, in the fourth year of his five year contract, Bill Peters looked as if he might have been headed for retirement. The imminent hiring of a new General Manager in Carolina precipitated his early departure, as Peters felt a new GM ought to select his own new Head Coach and thus chose to step aside. However, only a few days prior to his resignation in Carolina, the Calgary Flames fired Head Coach Glen Gulutzan, as well as assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Gerrard, after yet another disappointing and short season.

In selecting a new bench boss for the Flames, General Manager Brad Treliving only had one name on his mind, and an existing relationship with Peters made it an easy decision for both parties, with the announcement coming as little surprise to most amidst the Flames organization.

For Peters it is a home-coming, having been born and raised in Alberta, and right here in Three Hills for the first ten years of his life. He believes that there’s no sky quite as blue as a southern Alberta sky, and no roster with quite as much potential as Calgary’s. Flames fans can look forward to an exciting fall with Peters at the helm.

Both Peters and Treliving have immense confidence that Peters’ presence behind the bench will inspire a playoff run for the Flames. Peters is known to be a coach with tremendous intensity, focus, honesty, and experience, and whose Carolina Hurricanes had the best face-off win percentage in the league last year. Peters was the head coach of the gold-medal winning 2016 IIHF World Championship men’s team (with Treliving as one of the GMs), and hopes to do the same this May in Denmark as he is Canada’s Head Coach once again.