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About Spokane Chiefs Head Coach Bill Peters

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SPOKANE, Wash. - In 2005-06 Peters became the ninth full-time head coach of the Chiefs, a return to the organization where he once served as an assistant, after a three-year stint as the Head Coach of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

The Red Deer, Alberta native originally joined the Chiefs family as a scout and served as an assistant coach for half of the 1996-97 season. He accepted the assistant position in 1999 and served through 2002 before taking the Lethbridge job.

His first year as an assistant in 1999-2000, Peters was a part of the largest turnaround in franchise history going from 19 wins in 1998-99 to 47 the following year. The Chiefs won the West Division title in the regular season and the Western Conference Championship in the playoffs before falling in the WHL Finals to the Kootenay Ice.

In his first experience with Hockey Canada, Peters won a silver medal as the Head Coach of Team Pacific at the under-17 World Hockey Challenge in 2005. The 2008 U-18 summer team is scheduled to participate in the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament, scheduled for August 12-16 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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 Chiefs improved in wins and points from the previous season each of the past three years, including an 11-win and 22-point turnaround from 2005-06 to 2006-07 and a 14 win and 27 point improvement from '06-'07 and 2007-08.

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

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