A Nashville Predator since Day One, Brent Peterson enters his second season as Hockey Operations Advisor in 2012-13 after 13 seasons as a member of the team’s coaching staff. In his role as an advisor, Peterson works closely with General Manager David Poile and Head Coach Barry Trotz on all matters involving the team, in addition to being active in the community and in sponsorship and business operations.
A tireless worker in the community, Peterson established the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s (PFP) in 2007 to raise awareness of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease. In 2011, PFP joined forces with the Nashville Predators to hold Petey’s Preds Party – a fun night of live entertainment, dinner and an extensive silent auction – and the Nashville Predators/Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic. Last season’s inaugural event raised more than $200,000 to be split between Parkinson’s research and the Predators Foundation. Donations to PFP fund critical research to aid in the fight against the disease as well as educational and support groups.
Last year, Peterson brought his battle with Parkinson’s into the public eye – including in-depth coverage of his Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBS) – in an effort to create awareness and cultivate donations to the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s. Since the DBS, Peterson is happy, healthy and has seen a dramatic reduction of his Parkinson’s symptoms.
In his time behind the Predators bench as both associate coach (2003-11) and assistant coach (1998-2003), Peterson worked closely with the penalty killing unit that has finished among the top 12 in the NHL in 10-of-12 seasons, and a defensive corps that gave up the second fewest goals in his final season behind the bench (2010-11). He helped the club to Stanley Cup Playoff berths in six of the his last seven seasons behind the bench.
Peterson joined the Predators after serving as head coach of the Portland Winter Hawks (WHL) for seven seasons, posting a 201-138-20 mark. During the 1997-98 season, the Winter Hawks were a league-best 53-14-5 and captured the WHL Championship and the Memorial Cup. He recorded 40-or-more victories on four occasions and helped develop NHL first-round picks Adam Deadmarsh (1993), Jason Wiemer (1994), Brenden Morrow (1997) and Marian Hossa (1997).
Prior to joining Portland, the Calgary, Alta., native spent two seasons (1989-91) as an assistant coach with the Hartford Whalers (NHL) following his retirement as a player. The former first-round pick of Detroit (1978) played 11 NHL seasons from 1978-89 with Detroit, Buffalo, Vancouver and Hartford. He appeared in 620 NHL games, collecting 213 points (72g-141a) and 484 penalty minutes. Peterson was known as one of the NHL’s top defensive forwards and penalty killers.
Brent and his wife, Tami, reside in Franklin, Tenn. They have three children: Ryan, Brad and Kristin.