A former Flames forward has levelled a serious allegation against Calgary's current head coach, saying Bill Peters directed a racial slur toward him when both were in the minors about a decade ago.
"He walked in before a morning pregame skate and said 'Hey, Akim, I'm sick of you playing that n- s-,'" Aliu said Peters told him about his decision to play hip-hop music in the locker room. "It's every day. From now on, we need to play different music", Peters said, according to Aliu.
"During tonight's game, I was made aware of a tweet from former player Akim Aliu", Treliving said. "We take these issues very seriously". Treliving has since spoken to Aliu, Peters and higher-ups in the Blackhawks organization.
Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving says coach Bill Peters remains on the staff but wasn't certain whether he'd be behind the bench for the next game.
The NHL released a statement Tuesday which said, "The behavior that has been alleged is repugnant and unacceptable". "If he felt those words [were] said, I really respect that he's speaking out. We want to complete a full and proper investigation before we provide any further comments on the matter".
"All this extraneous stuff that's going on, we're just not even thinking about it", center Derek Ryan said.
Off ice issues plagued him, however, and he was suspended by former Wolves coach Mike Foligno in 2007 for "conduct detrimental to the team".
The saga began with Aliu tweeting the allegations on Monday night.
Aliu's allegation led to other players using social media to bring up incidents in which they said they were hit or verbally abused by a coach, or saw other players hit or verbally abused.
In 2001-02, his break came into the professional realm in North America as he joined the Hamilton Bulldogs as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens' and Edmonton Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate.
He's not playing this season after appearing in 14 games with Orlando of the ECHL past year. Leaders John McDonough and Stan Bowman will send Aliu to a minor league below. "Twenty-year old on pace for 20 goals in his first pro year with zero PP/PK time".
"Hazing exists because of the belief that what happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room", Aliu told Sportsnet previous year.
Aliu's tweet came days after several former players criticized recently fired Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock for his coaching tactics and intimidation of young players.
Peters coached Carolina from 2014 through the 2017-18 season. Jordan, a native of the Czech Republic, last played for the Canes in the 2015-16 season and now plays for Amur Khabarovsk of the KHL. "I hope he's honest and admits what happened". "Right now, my focus was just on getting the group ready (Tuesday) and having a good practice, and we'll take it from there".
It all trumps the positive direction that Peters put the Flames in last season when the club finished with the best regular-season record in the National Hockey League's Western Conference.