Bemidji State’s New Rink Named After Legendary Coach Peters

Former Bemidji State coach and CHA commissioner R.H. “Bob” Peters will have the rink at the new Bemidji Regional Event Center when it opens in the fall.

Robert H. Peters Rink will be christened Oct. 15 when Bemidji State’s men’s and women’s teams open play at the $60 million, 4,000-plus-seat arena.

Peters coached the Beavers from 1966 to 2001, then served as CHA commissioner for eight years.

He led the program’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division III, then to Division II, then to Division I in 1999.

In that time, the Beavers won 13 national championships. Peters ranks fifth on the NCAA coaching victories list with 744.

The Bemidji (Minn.) City Council unanimously approved the naming at its meeting Monday.

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