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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Ex-NHL player says coach Bill Peters physically assaulted him, others

Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters is being investigated by the team and the NHL after one of his former players accused him of using racial slurs, and more disturbing allegations against him came to light on Tuesday.

On Monday night, former NHL player Akim Aliu accused Peters of using a racial slur against him several years ago when Peters was coaching him with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. The Nigerian-born Aliu said Peters had him demoted to the ECHL when he challenged the coach.

Aliu told TSN’s Frank Seravalli on Tuesday that Peters walked in before a morning pregame skate and told him he is sick of him playing that “n—– s—” music, referring to the hip-hop Aliu had chosen. Two other former Rockford players, Simon Pepin and Peter MacArthur, have corroborated Aliu’s story. Aliu said Peters later called him into his office to discuss the matter but did not apologize, instead using the racist language again to express his displeasure in the music choice.

Later on Tuesday, former NHL player Michal Jordan accused Peters of physically assaulting him and other players when Peters was coaching the Carolina Hurricanes.

Jordan told Seravalli he never came forward out of fear of negatively impacting his career, but he said he was not the only player who had a physical altercation with Peters in Carolina. Another former Hurricane said he was hit in the head by Peters on the bench during a game, but the player chose to remain anonymous.

Flames general manager Brad Treliving confirmed that the Flames are investigating the claims, and the NHL has called the alleged behavior “repugnant and unacceptable.”

Peters coached the Hurricanes from 2014 until he resigned in 2018. He was then hired by the Flames last year and led the team to their first division title in 13 years in his first season.

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