By: Nate Daugherty
Three years and three different head coaches for the Rockford IceHogs.
Bill Peters is the newest of those and he was introduced by the team Thursday night.
He made a good first impression on about 30 IceHogs fans at his introductory press conference. He made the same impression on those within the blackhawks organiztion.
"This gentleman has a passion and energy for the game which is second to none," IceHogs GM Mark Bernard said. "His work ethic speaks for itself when you look at his coaching record."
"Putting his hockey knowledge aside, as an individual, he's got the charisma, the personality and he's got that character," Blackhawks Assistant GM Stan Bowman said.
That character helped Peters win two junior championships this year alone. He led the Spokane Chiefs to the Memorial Cup title in April and just got back from Slovakia where he led the Canadian U-18 team to a gold medal. Now, he takes his first job in the pros.
"Everyone in junior hockey wants to move on and take the next step in pro hockey and for me, realistically, the next step was the American League," Peters said. "With the season we had and the success we had in Spokane, that opened the opportunity for me to come to Rockford this year."
While Peters may be going from juniors to affiliated hockey, not much will change in his approach to the game.
"At the end of the day, the game is the game. It doesn't change a whole bunch. You've got to be good defensively. I want to have a team that pursues the puck and is physical on the forecheck."
Entering his fifth year of coaching, Peters says the decision to come to Rockford was a no brainer. However, it was a different story trying to convince his nine-year-old daughter.
"It ends up like this. The first day it was good. The second day she was a little rattled. Third day, she woke up after talking to her mom and just said, 'Dad, your dream is to win the Stanly Cup and I'm going to help your dream come true.'"
Peters begins his quest for a Calder Cup on october 10th when the Hogs host the Quad City Flames.
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