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Hurricanes hire Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as coach

06.20.14 at 8:37 am ET

The Hurricanes hired Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as their new head coach, the team announced Thursday. He will be introduced Friday at a news conference.

Peters, 48, spent the last three years working primarily with Detroit’s defensemen and penalty-killers. He’s the first major hiring for new Carolina general manager Ron Francis, who took over in April.

Peters’ hiring ends a search that started with the firing of Kirk Muller on May 5. Muller went 80-80-27 in three seasons as Hurricanes  coach. This will be Peters’ first NHL head coaching job.

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