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Calgary Flames Hire Bill Peters

The Flames have found their man

NHL: Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

In probably one of the worst kept secrets in recent memory, the Calgary Flames made the hiring of Bill Peters as head coach official today. Peters will the 19th head coach in franchise history.

After waiting nearly a month and a half the last time around, Brad Treliving wasted no time in bringing in his next coach, only six days after Glen Gulutzan was fired.

Peters was the head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes for four seasons, accumulating a 137-138-53 record and no playoff appearances. Albeit the Hurricanes didn’t exactly put him in the best position to succeed. Peters also spent three years as an assistant coach under Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings.

He also was the head coach of the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL for three years, and the head coach of the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs for three years as well, leading them to a championship in 2007-08.

Peters previously worked with Brad Treliving at the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championship as the pair brought home gold for Canada. Peters will also be jetting off to this year’s tournament in Denmark to coach Canada again.

The next task for Peters will be rounding his coaching staff with the Flames and preparing for the draft, free agency, and eventually next season.