Flames coach Peters steps down after allegations come to light

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has stepped down. The move comes days after the franchise began an investigation into a decade-long allegation.

It was reported that the Flames fired Peters on Wednesday. However, that report was retracted when GM Brad Treliving met with the media and said he wasn’t relieved of his duties at that time.

Former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters looks on as his team plays the Vancouver Canucks
Bill Peters looks on as his team plays the Vancouver Canucks (Getty Images)

The allegations came forward on Monday from Akim Aliu, who was coached by Peters when the two were together with the Rockford IceHogs in 2009-10. Aliu alleged that Peters made racist comments towards him.

While he waited to bring the allegations to light, two of his former teammates backed up what was allegedly said to TSN. Others also came forward and said it happened.

This led Peters — who had been away from the team — to apologize in a letter to Treliving. But, Aliu called it misleading.

Since Wednesday, Geoff Ward has been serving as the defecto head coach. Now, for the rest of the season, Ward will serve as the team’s leader.

Treliving said that he had never heard of any allegations against Peters until it recently came to light. He became the head coach before the 2018-19 season.

“Were we aware of any of these types of allegations? Categorically no,” the general manager said at the press conference. “In terms of due diligence, we do due diligence. We do a full scrub on any hire and I did speak to previous employers of Bill.”

Since this Aliu allegation, players with the Carolina Hurricanes have brought forth allegations they they were mistreated under Peters. Michael Jordan, a former Hurricanes player, alleged Peters kissed him this week.

Rod Brind’Amour backed up those claims this week.

In one plus seasons, the Flames were 61-37-11 under Peters. Through 27 games this season, the team was 11-12-4.

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