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Peters named Lethbridge Hurricanes head coach, first coaching job after controversy

Bill Peters has been named the new head coach of the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters watches his team practice in Beijing, China. Peters made a return to professional hockey on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, when he was appointed coach of Russian hockey club Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. Peters resigned as coach of the Calgary Flames last year following allegations he previously used racial slurs and struck players. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Bill Peters has been named the new head coach of the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Peters has coached at every level of men’s hockey, including the Western Hockey League, NHL and internationally for Canada.

Peters resigned as the head coach of the NHL’s Calgary Flames in November 2019 after it became public he had committed an act of anti-black racism involving a former player.

The incident occurred when Peters was head coach of the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs during the 2009-10 season.

A statement from the NHL says that Peters has completed an anti-racism training and coaching certification program.

WHL commissioner Ron Robison says he’s satisfied Peters has taken the necessary steps required to return to coaching in the WHL.