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Dave Peters
Position: Associate Head Coach
Experience: 14 Years
Email: David.W.Peters@dartmouth.edu
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Dave Peters will begin his 15th season at Dartmouth College and his 23rd overall as a college hockey coach as he stands behind the Big Green bench in 2013-14. During his tenure in Hanover, Peters was selected as the recipient of the 2008 Terry Flanagan Award, an accolade that honors an assistant coach for his career body of work.

Peters is one of the most accomplished assistant coaches and recruiters in the country and has a proven record for improving programs and helping to develop players. In 2011-12, no other ECAC Hockey freshman class scored more goals than that of the Big Green's rookies, a testament to the recruiting of Peters and the coaching staff.

His responsibilities at Dartmouth include recruiting, coaching the forwards and overseeing the team's power-play units. The Big Green had an All-America forward four consecutive years beginning in 2003 and, in 2007, David Jones became the school's first Hobey Baker finalist under the tutelage of Peters.

From 1993-98, Peters was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Providence College. In his third season, Peters helped lead the Friars to the 1996 Hockey East Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. It marked the first and only time that Providence made back-to-back trips to the Hockey East finals. Peters was instrumental in recruiting 12 members of the Hockey East All-Academic Team and 10 NHL draft picks, including Fernando Pisani of the Edmonton Oilers.

In May of 1998, Peters was named head coach and general manager of the Danville Wings junior hockey team, where he assembled a team that went on to win the 2000 North American Hockey League Championship and finish third in the nation. While Peters was gaining valuable head coaching experience in junior hockey, he kept a close eye on the progress of Providence College, as the 1998-99 Friars advanced to the Hockey East semifinals, ranked fourth nationally in scoring and had three 50-point scorers for the first time since 1983.

From 1990-93, as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator, Peters was a driving force in building the Kent State University hockey program into a competitive CCHA member. In 1991-92 Kent State ranked ninth nationally in scoring and recorded upset wins over Michigan State, Boston College and Providence. In 1992-93, Kent swept the season series against both Ohio State and Notre Dame, and won both games at then-national power Bowling Green.

Peters spends part of the offseason working for USA Hockey, coaching and helping to develop elite players in the New England area. He was the head coach of the gold-medal winning New England Select-17 team at the 2000 Junior Olympic Festival.

A testament to both Peters and the entire coaching staff's commitment to developing players for the next level, Dartmouth had three players selected among the top 100 picks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (Grant Lewis, No. 40, Nick Johnson - No. 67, J.T. Wyman - No. 100). This draft success came on the heels of Dartmouth's 2002-03 freshmen class producing more points than any other first-year group in the nation. Since 2000 Dartmouth has had eight winning seasons, six trips to the ECAC semifinals, two 20-win seasons, an Ivy League Championship and a share of the ECAC Championship for the first time in school history.

Peters is a 1982 graduate of Boston College with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He earned a roster spot on the 1979-80 team that won 25 games, a first for BC hockey.

Peters lives in Hanover with his wife Katherine and their son, Jake (13).

 THE DAVE PETERS FILE
B.S. Marketing, Boston College, 1982
Assistant Coach: Kent State, 1990-93
Assistant Coach: Providence, 1993-98
Head Coach/GM: Danvile Junior Red Wings, 1998-99
Assistant Coach: Dartmouth, 1999-08
Associate Head Coach: Dartmouth, 2008-present
  • 2008 Terry Flanagan Award Winner. The award is intended to recognize the coach's entire body of work.
  • In 2001, helped lead Dartmouth to its first winning season in 20 years.
  • Since 2001, has helped Dartmouth advance to the ECAC Hockey Championships seven times.
  • Coached three players chosen in the top 100 of the 2004 NHL draft.
  • Recruited and coached eight future NHL players on Dartmouth's 2004-05 team.
  • Helped lead Dartmouth to its first ECAC Hockey Regular Season Championship in 2005-06.
  • Has been a part of a Dartmouth coaching staff that has been ranked nationally throughout the last decade, including a No. 15 ranking in 2011.
  • Helped lead Providence to the Hockey East Championship in 1996.
  • Part of a Providence staff that made back-to-back trips to the Hockey East Finals.
  • Consecutive top four finishes in Hockey East in 1996 and 1997.
  • NCAA Tournament in third season at Providence.
  • Has coached 15 players that have gone on to play in the NHL.
  • As the Head Coach/GM Danville Wings, Peters helped build the team that would take the 2000 North American Hockey League Championship.
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