About Peterson for Parkinson’s
An 11-year veteran of 620 NHL games played with four different teams, Brent Peterson then transitioned into coaching. As the head coach of the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League, Brent’s team won both the WHL championship as well as the Memorial Cup in 1998. He then joined the expansion Nashville Predators as an assistant coach and spent a total of 11 years as assistant/associate head coach of the Predators. He was forced to step down from his coaching position following the 2010-11 season as a result of the advancement of Parkinson’s disease. Brent has remained with the Predators as an advisor to hockey operations. Late in 2011, Brent underwent the radical Deep Brain Stimulation procedure. In 2013, Brent released “My Toughest Faceoff,” his autobiography detailing his playing career and his battle with Parkinson’s.
In 2009, Brent Peterson decided to form a foundation in an effort to help people affected by Parkinson’s, the disease he had been living with for five years. Through its board of directors, PFP focuses its activities in the Middle Tennessee area. Through special events like an annual golf tournament and dinner, PFP raises funding to support Parkinson’s research as well as patient and caregiver support activities.
Debbie Lowenthal & Amy Breedlove
Board of Directors
Brent Peterson, Chairman Tami Peterson Jay Lowenthal Bret Fincher Gavenn Ross
Barb Holmes John Holmes Chris Stout Jim Diamond Phil Baker
Paul McCann Ramona Ross
- Lynn Ellsworth
- John Overmyer
- David Critchlow