Accusations of Past Abuse, Slur Push Coach Out

Bill Peters no longer Calgary Flames head coach

Calgary Flames to speak Friday amid reports Bill Peters is out as head coach

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving is expected to update the media on the team's investigation into allegations that head coach Bill Peters used a racial slur against a former player at a Friday news conference.

The NHL team announced Friday that Peters resigned, ESPN reports, and is no longer in the organization.

The news of Peters' inappropriate conduct first came out on Monday after a series of social media posts by former player Akim Aliu, who was born in Nigeria, and played under Peters with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs in 2009-10.

"He walked in before a morning pre-game skate and said 'Hey Akim, I'm sick of you playing that n-- s--,' " Aliu told TSN.

Overall, Peters' record as an National Hockey League head coach is 198-175-64. Jordan, a native of the Czech Republic, last played for the Canes in the 2015-16 season and is now with a KHL team. Ward had been acting as caretaker head coach while Peters was sidelined during investigations into the allegations and led the Flames to a 3-2 overtime win at Buffalo on Wednesday.

Peters issued a statement on Wednesday night apologizing to Treliving and the organization "for offensive language I used in a professional setting a decade ago".

A day after Aliu's tweets, Jordan tweeted that he was the kicked by Peters and said another Canes player - who was not identified - was punched by Peters during a game.

"It does not in any way reflect the core values of the Calgary Flames", Treliving said. The Flames are 11-12-4 through 27 games this season.

The NHL has embraced a "hockey is for everyone" campaign and has preached against any form of intolerance in the sport.

Also this week, Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour confirmed Peters physically abused his players behind the bench during his four years in Carolina.

TSN published a story on Tuesday in which two of Aliu's Rockford teammates - Simon Pepin and Peter MacArthur - corroborated his account.

He said the incident had caused him to "rebel" against his coach, and that Mr Peters had recommended he be demoted to a lesser league.

"I have read the statement of Bill Peters, which I found to be misleading, insincere and concerning". Instead, Peters expressed his displeasure in Aliu's choice of music for the dressing room, with Aliu saying Peters said: "You know, I'm just sick of this (expletive) (expletive)".

Aliu told TSN that he kept quiet back then out of fear of reprisal. I was 20 years old and a first-year pro.

Treliving said that the team had not heard of any allegations against Peters until Aliu spoke up.

Aliu's tweet did not mention Peters by name but referred to him as the protege of Mike Babcock, the coach fired last week by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Look at the numbers".

"This was something that needed to be handled correctly, it needed to be handled in a timely fashion, but I was not going to trade carelessness for thoroughness". "Zero special teams", Aliu said. "I think it made my career go downhill before it started". "The players have way more power now and I think they realize that and I think it's important for them to speak out on whatever is important".

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