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Spokane Chiefs Coach Peters leaving to go pro

Head Coach Bill Peters wrapped up his third season as Spokane Head Coach this past spring by helping the chiefs win the first ever Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champs. Head Coach Bill Peters wrapped up his third season as Spokane Head Coach this past spring by helping the chiefs win the first ever Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL champs.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs announced Friday that Bill Peters has accepted a position with the Chicago Blackhawks organization and will be named the Head Coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

"I think this is a good opportunity at this stage of my career and it wouldn't have been possible without the experience and success we had in Spokane," Peters said. "Spokane is a good organization and the people with the Chiefs are great; from the top with Bobby Brett on down. Working with Tim Speltz six of my last nine years has been nothing but excellent. The Spokane organization develops not only players, but coaches."

"I'm excited about the opportunity with the Chicago Blackhawks organization," Peters continued. "In meeting with them I felt good about the direction their team is going. It is an organization in the upswing and I was impressed with the people, particularly Dale Tallon, Stan Bowman and John McDonough."

Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz said, "We wish Bill and his family all the best with their opportunity in pro hockey with the Blackhawks organization. It is rewarding for our team to have someone start their coaching career with us and then graduate to pro. Bill and Hardy Sauter did a great job last year and we will be forever grateful for our championship season. I appreciate my time with Bill and think he is a special person."

Peters is currently in Calgary, Alberta preparing to coach Team Canada's summer Under-18 team. The team is scheduled to participate in the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament, scheduled for August 12-16 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Peters wrapped up his third season as Spokane Head Coach this past spring by helping the chiefs win the first ever Ed Chynoweth Cup as champions of the WHL and the organization's second Memorial Cup Championship.

The 43-year-old ranks third on the Chief's list for wins, with 115 victories, and games coached, with a total of 216. With Peters on the bench, Spokane tied a single season franchise record with 50 wins and set a franchise marks with 107 points and fewest goals allowed in a single season (160, 2.22 per game) in 2007-08.

The 43-year-old and his wife, Denise, have two children, 8-year-old Aleze and 3-year-old Ayden.

Team officials say a search to replace Peters will begin immediately.

(www.spokanechiefs.com)

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