Bill Peters Resigns As Flames Head Coach After Racial Accusations

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Bill Peters resigned as head coach of the Calgary Flames on Friday morning. Peters did not coach the Flames’ 3-2 overtime victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday after former NHL forward Akim Aliu accused him of dropping the ‘N’ bomb on him after Peters didn’t approve of his taste in music that he played in the locker room during the 2009-10 season when he coached the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.

After Aliu made his first accusations on Tuesday, former Carolina Hurricanes forward Michal Jordan said that Peters kicked and punched players on the bench during his tenure in Carolina from 2014-18. Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour confirmed that was true prior to their game at the New York Rangers on Wednesday, saying “it definitely happened.”

Peters released an apology to Flames GM Brad Treliving on Thursday but Aliu called it “misleading, insincere, and concerning” in a statement released in response. Aliu has agreed to meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss this situation.

Flames associate coach Geoff Ward took charge behind the bench for the team’s game against the Sabres on Wednesday. Ward was named the team’s interim head coach.

Peters came in fourth place in voting for the Jack Adams Award, which is awarded to the NHL’s head coach of the season, last year, his first behind the bench, after leading the Flames to a Western Conference-leading 107-point campaign after they missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2017-18.

The Flames’ 28 points are currently tied with the Vegas Golden Knights for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, though the Golden Knights have a game in hand on them. They were 1-5-2 in their last eight games with Peters behind the bench.

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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4 Responses to Bill Peters Resigns As Flames Head Coach After Racial Accusations

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Good Riddance!!!!!

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