Carolina Hurricanes bench boss Bill Peters has been named the head coach of Team Canada for the world hockey championship next month in Denmark. Mike Yeo will serve as associate coach and Bob Boughner as an assistant.
Peters finished with a 36-35-11 record with the Hurricanes this season. He is in his fourth season as head coach of the Hurricanes and has never reached the postseason with the team.
The 53-year-old is under contract with the Hurricanes through next season, though his future remains unknown as he owns an opt-out clause to walk away this summer. Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon recently gave Peters a vote of confidence.
Canada fell to Sweden in last year's gold-medal game, but won gold the previous two years.
Connor McDavid highlights the players confirmed to play for Team Canada at the upcoming worlds, while New York Islanders star John Tavares will not join the team, according to a report from The Athletic's Arthur Staple.
“Going to World Championship is not where you want to be playing in May. But ultimately, it’s so special to represent your country,” McDavid said Sunday, via the Oilers.
Joining McDavid will be his Edmonton Oilers teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, former teammate and current New York Islanders player Jordan Eberle, Calder Trophy candidate Matthew Barzal, Islanders defenceman Ryan Pulock, Vancouver Canucks forward Bo Horvat, Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly, and Senators' Thomas Chabot and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, according to multiple reports.
The tournament starts on May 4.