A former resident of Three Hills is getting ready to jet off to Europe with the Canadian Mens' National Hockey Team.
Bill Peters, who has been head coach of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, will do the same job for Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship in Denmark.
"You've got to do a good job on your various stops and you've got to make sure you're doing enough winning on a consistent basis; and when you get your opportunities you've got to take advantage of them and I've been fortunate enough to do that," he told 99.5 Drum FM.
Peters played Junior with Hobbema of the Alberta Junior Hockey League back in the 1980's and became an assistant coach with Spokane in the Western Hockey League in 1996. He took over the Hurricanes' top job in 2014-15 and was an assistant coach for Canada at the World Hockey Championship that year. Peters won gold as head coach with Team Canada in 2016.
"It's good to have expectations; that means you have a good team," he stated. "Everyone's disappointed that we're not playing in the NHL playoffs, but we're lucky that we still get to play at a high level and get treated real well by Hockey Canada in a real good tournament."
This Team Canada will be markedly different from the one that represented the country at the Pyong Chang Winter Olympics, as it will feature NHL stars whose teams failed to make the post season. Among them are Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, former Oiler, now New York Islander Jordan Eberle, Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad and Brayden Schenn from St. Louis.
"The international game is different, obviously, (but) there's not as many differences as you might think," said Peters. "There's some ice that you don't want to get caught out in outside the dots, there's a lot of ice out wide that's not very useful, so you've still got to play the game inside the dots and still be able to get to the net."
Canada opens the 2018 IIHF World Championship on Friday, May 4 against the United States in Herning, Denmark. Preliminary Round games wrap up on May 15 and during that time, Canada will also face the host Danes, Finland, Germany, South Korea, Latvia and Norway. The bronze and gold medal games will take place on Sunday, May 20.