Bill Peters will not coach the Calgary Flames in Wednesday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres amid investigation
As his team plays in Buffalo calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters, who’s being researched by the Flames company, will not coach Wednesday. This includes after former NHL player Akim Aliu accused of using a racial slur supporting him Peters a decade ago, at a post Aliu made on Monday on Twitter.
“Our review to the allegations from previous night proceeds,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said Tuesday night in a written statement released from the group. “This really is a very serious matter and we want to be thorough in our inspection.
“Bill Peters won’t be behind the seat for the Flames game tomorrow (Wednesday) at Buffalo. Associate trainer Geoff Ward will handle head coaching duties.
“We have no further comment until our inspection is complete.”
Aliu was born in Nigeria and raised in Canada. In a set of tweets on Monday, Aliu explained when he had been with the Rockford IceHogs, an affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons that Peters, who was the head coach at the time,”dropped the N bomb many times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year since he did not like my selection of music”
Aliu talked to TSN on Tuesday, telling the community:”What am I going to say? I was also a first-year pro and also 20 years old. I was too scared to speak up. I beat myself up daily over it.”
According to the TSN narrative, two in Rockford of the mates of Aliu, Simon Pepin and Peter MacArthur, have been in the area. Both corroborated what Aliu mentioned happened, according to the report.
Via Twitter on Monday, Aliu clarified further.
“First one to acknowledge I rebelled against him,” Aliu stated in the collection of posts. “Wouldn’t you? And rather than remedying the situation, he wrote a letter to (Blackhawks president) John McDonough and (Blackhawks general manager) Stan Bowman to have me sent down to the ECHL. 20 year old on pace for 20 goals in his first professional year with zero PP/PK time was away to a wonderful start in his Pro career.”
Aliu would afterwards be traded on the Atlanta Thrashers at a seven-player commerce in June 2010. He played with seven NHL games throughout 2012-2013 and the 2011-2012 season. He’s now a free agent after playing for the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears for part of last year.
Has attempted to reach Peters himself as well as throughout the Flames for comment but hasn’t been successful.
After working out of 2014-2018 as the head coach with the Carolina Hurricanes peters joined the Flames as head trainer in 2018.
In a statement Tuesday, the Blackhawks explained:”The alleged acts by a former coach toward Akim Aliu while with the Rockford IceHogs are something we take seriously. The supposed incident hadn’t been brought to our attention before and had no effect on any participant staff conclusion regarding Mr. Aliu.”
The NHL said in a statement Tuesday:”The behavior that has been alleged is both unacceptable and invisibly. We’ll have no additional comment until we’ve had an chance to check into the matter more thoroughly.”