Flames coach Peters resigns after alleged racial slur


(Information) – Invoice Peters resigned as head coach of the Calgary Flames on Friday following allegations he had used racial slurs towards a participant within the minor leagues a decade in the past.

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Peters had been underneath investigation by the Flames and the Nationwide Hockey League after former NHL participant Akim Aliu alleged on Twitter on Monday that the coach directed racial slurs at him after they have been with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs 10 years in the past.

“This morning I obtained a letter of resignation from Invoice Peters which I accepted, efficient instantly, Invoice Peters is not a member of the Calgary Flames group,” normal supervisor Brad Treliving mentioned at a information convention.

Peters, who had coached the NHL staff since 2018, apologized this week in a letter to Treliving for what he mentioned was “offensive language” in direction of a Nigerian-born participant nevertheless it was not sufficient to save lots of his job.

Assistant coach Geoff Ward will take over on an interim foundation.

“The subject material we have now been coping with over the previous few days is tough, it’s laborious and it doesn’t in any method replicate the core values of the Calgary Flames,” Treliving instructed reporters. “It has been a tough time however we’re transferring ahead.

“I met with our gamers this morning and we’re prepared to maneuver past this and deal with our sport on the ice.”

Aliu alleged that Peters “dropped the N bomb a number of occasions in direction of me within the dressing room in my rookie yr as a result of he didn’t like my alternative of music.”

Treliving and the Flames have been criticized for failing to take care of the matter extra rapidly however Calgary’s normal supervisor was unapologetic in regards to the tempo of the investigation saying it was extra essential to verify that they had all the knowledge.

The overview included interviews with Aliu and gamers, coaches and administration workers of the Rockford IceHogs.

“Irrespective of how tough the state of affairs I feel it’s important to study from it, there are classes to be discovered right here,” mentioned Treliving. “In a normal sense there may be acceptable and non-acceptable conduct whether or not in dressing rooms or society.

“As tough as as of late have been, hopefully that is one thing that may be constructive transferring ahead.”

Treliving mentioned he now thought of the matter closed.

Reporting by Steve keating in Toronto and Gene Cherry in Wilson, North Carolina; Enhancing by Ken Ferris