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by George Malik on 07/09/11 at 04:45 PM ET
Bill Peters was named one of Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s assistants on Friday, but the San Antonio Express-News’s Tony Uminski has very different memories of a former rink rat in Texas:
Former Crystal Ice Palace zamboni driver and chief bottle washer, Bill Peters, inked a three-year deal to be an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings. Peters, who worked at the CIP while finishing his studies here in San Antonio, has been a successful juniors coach, winning the Memorial Cup in 2008. Peters worked with Detroit head coach, Mike Babcock in Spokane in 1999, and that connection, along with his success in Washington and as head coach of the Rockford Ice Hogs, punched his ticket to the Show.
I always hold this one over Peter’s head when he came in with the IceHogs to play the Rampage — made a nifty glove save on the one-hit Iguana wonder at the CIP dropin one night. Of course he scored about six other times, but that glove save was a beauty!
Peters played in only one professional game — with the Iguanas. San Antonio was shorthanded because of injuries and suspensions and needed an emergency player. John Torchetti signed Peters to an emergency contract, had him sit the bench in the first period, have Peters serve penalties in the second but gave the kid a shot in the third. Peters scored a goal and added two assists in the Iggies 12-4 win over the Dallas Freeze.
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