Reviews: Flames fireplace Peters after allegations of racism


The Calgary Flames reportedly fired head coach Invoice Peters on Friday, in keeping with a number of media experiences, after revelations this week that he used racial slurs a decade in the past whereas teaching within the American Hockey League.

FILE PHOTO: Nov 19, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames head coach Invoice Peters throughout interview after the sport in opposition to the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome. Obligatory Credit score: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports activities

The Flames, who didn’t formally announce the transfer, declared that common supervisor Brad Treliving will maintain a press convention at 12:30 p.m ET at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.

The Flames had distanced themselves from Peters after studying of the allegations. They despatched him again to Calgary forward of Wednesday’s Three-2 highway victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

On Monday, former NHLer Akim Aliu detailed on social media how he was the goal of racially charged language from an unnamed particular person when he performed for the Rockford Ice Hogs of the AHL within the 2009-10 season. In an interview with TSN revealed Tuesday, Aliu confirmed he was talking about Peters.

Aliu, who was born in Nigeria however performed junior hockey in Canada, stated he was 20 within the 2009-10 season and answerable for choosing the Ice Hogs’ locker room music. Peters didn’t like his hip-hop decisions, Aliu stated.

“He walked in earlier than a morning pre-game skate and stated, ‘Hey Akim, I’m sick of you taking part in that n——- s—-,’” Aliu advised TSN, with Peters, who was then the Ice Hogs head coach, referring to Aliu’s style in music. “He stated ‘I’m sick of listening to this n——-s f——— different n——-s within the ass stuff.’

“He then walked out like nothing ever occurred. You could possibly hear a pin drop within the room, every little thing went useless silent. I simply sat down in my stall, didn’t say a phrase.”

Peters launched an announcement apologizing for his actions.

“I’ve regretted the incident because it occurred, and I now additionally apologize to anybody negatively affected by my phrases,” Peters wrote within the assertion.

Peters, 54, was the pinnacle coach of the Hurricanes (2014-18) earlier than shifting on to the Flames. An area product from the Alberta province, he has a 61-37-11 report with the Flames.

General, Peters’ report as an NHL head coach is 198-175-64.

—Discipline Stage Media