Jim Montgomery and Sheldon Keefe give the Dallas Stars two very high quality candidates for their coaching opening. Neither one has any NHL coaching experience though, unlike our candidate today.
Meet Bill Peters, who is as of this moment the coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. He has until Friday to opt out of his contract. It, uh, doesn’t sound like things are going well in North Carolina.
I think the words “hot ass mess” may apply here. I can’t imagine the Dallas job being wrapped up by Friday in any way, so it seems really unlikely that he will ultimately be the guy here unless Dundon fires him. Plus. it sounds like the Calgary Flames are close to finalizing a deal with him to bring the Alberta boy home.
Peters has a Texas connection though.
Carolina coach, Bill Peters, once ran the hockey program at the Crystal Ice Palace, the small ice rink in northwest San Antonio. Peters played one pro game, with the San Antonio Iguanas, and scored a goal and two assists as a replacement player. He drove the Zamboni and kept the palace running while his wife went to med school here.
One game? Replacement player? I needed more info.
The Alberta native also came to the Iguanas’ rescue one Saturday in January, 1995. With the team decimated by injuries and suspensions, the Iggies signed Peters to a one-game contract to play against the Dallas Freeze. San Antonio coach John Torchetti had planned to use Peters only as someone to serve penalties (which he did) to keep enough bodies on the ice, but then something crazy happened.
The Iguanas led 8-1 after two periods. With the game in hand, Peters took a regular shift in the third period and set up two goals and scored himself before the game mercifully ended, 12-3 San Antonio, an Alamo City record for most pro goals scored in a game by the home team.
One classy note on Peters’ goal… with time running down, Peters and Dale Henry came in on a 2-on-1 break. Peters passed to Hank who had an open shot and could have scored the hat trick, but instead he slipped a perfect pass back to Peters for Bill’s only pro goal.
This story clearly has nothing to do with his ability to coach at the NHL level, but I love it. The Zamboni driver who gets into a professional game in San Antonio while his wife is in medical school would be a pretty neat introductory story for the next head coach of the Stars.
That’s not happening though.
Peters will be a decent hire for someone, but as of 12 hours ago he was close to finalizing a deal in Calgary so the people of Calgary can introduce him. I just really liked that story, and the idea of deleting it simply because he’s going to the Flames didn’t feel right.