Athletics Hall of Fame

R.H. "Bob" Peters

SPORT(S) Men's Hockey

Bob Peters earned a bachelors and masters degree from the University of North Dakota. While at UND, he was a hockey letterman playing goalie for the Fighting Sioux.Upon graduation he taught and coached at East Grand Forks High School for one season before returning as assistant coach at UND, where the team won the National Championship in 1963.Bob was named head coach in 1964 where his team was the conference championship and placed third at the Frozen Four, earning him WCHA Coach of the Year honors.Bob was head coach at UND for two years before making a career decision to leave a powerhouse program to help build a fledgling program at BSU.Bob coached at BSU for thirty-four years earning many titles, honors and awards along the way, and left his mark indelibly on the face of collegiate hockey.Among Bob’s accomplishments are 13 national championships, 27 national playoff appearances, 17 conference championships and a BSU career winning percentage of 70.4%.He compiled a 702-293-49 record at BSU in 34 years and overall record of 744-313-50 in his 36 years as head coach at the collegiate level.Bob was the first coach to guide one school to 700 victories and upon retirement he ranked nationally with the second most wins of any college hockey coach.His team held the longest unbeaten streak of 42 games, and his 1983-84 team holds the national collegiate record for the most wins in an unbeaten season at 31-0.Bob is the only coach to reach the final four in all four NCAA divisions, including I, II, III and NAIA.He coached over 80 All-Americans during his career at BSU and had five skaters play on US Olympic hockey teams.Bob has been recognized with numerous awards during his career, including the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Coach of the Year in 1974 and 1980, America Hockey Coaches Association Ed Jeremiah Award in 1984, the National Collegiate Athletic Association II-West Coach of the Year Award in 1984, the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year award in 1982, ’84, ’85, ’86 and ’91, the NCAA III Coach of the Year Award in 1986, the AHCA John MacInnis Award in 1995 and the Hobey Baker Legend of Hockey Award in 2001. Upon his retirement from BSU in 2001, Bob became the Commissioner of the College Hockey American conference.The regular season conference championship trophy for both the CHA and the NCHA are named in his honor. Bob is a member of the UND Athletic Hall of Fame and the Northwestern Ontario Sport Hall of Fame. He has been involved in his community and is a member of Bemidji Leads.Bob and his wife, Mary Lou, live in Bemidji and have two grown children, Barbara and Steve, and two grandchildren.