Penguins, Hurricanes now coached by Vikings Alumni
Posted on July 23, 2014 by Christopher Thrall
Starting this season, two NHL teams will be coached by CLC Vikings alumni!
This season, two major US franchises will be headed by Vikings alumni!
Mike Johnston was named Dan Bylsma’s replacement to become head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in June. Johnston, who hails from Dartmouth, N.S. — near Sidney Crosby’s hometown of Cole Harbour — will draw on his six years working under Marc Crawford on the Canucks bench and two years with Crawford in Los Angeles. He started his coaching career at 23 with the Camrose Lutheran College in Alberta (now the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus) from 1982 through 1987. He moved on to the University of Calgary and University of New Brunswick, as well as the Canadian national men’s team.
Johnston has a master’s degree in coaching science and has co-authored two books with ex-NHL forward Ryan Walter, Simply the Best – Insights and Strategies from Great Hockey Coaches, which profiles 12 highly successful coaches, and Hockey Plays and Strategies.
Read the full article on the CBC Sports website.
One of Mike Johnston’s own athletes may soon be facing him across the ice. Bill Peters attended Camrose Lutheran College from 1986 to 1988 and played on the Vikings hockey team. Peters’ own coaching career began in 1996 as a mid-season replacement assistant coach for the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs. He added head coaching positions with the University of Lethbridge Hurricanes, back with the Chiefs, the U-18 Canadian National Team, and the AHL’s Rockford Icehogs – the Chicago Blackhawks affiliate team – before joining the Detroit Red Wings three years ago as assistant coach.
Read about Bill Peters’ appointment on the Carolina Hurricanes’ NHL site.
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