Canada ice hockey coach resigns over past racial comments

Canada ice hockey coach resigns over past racial comments

Peters, who was removed from team operations after Aliu's allegations, issued an apology Wednesday in a letter addressed to Calgary's general manager Brad Treliving two days after Aliu's tweet, but he made no mention of Aliu. "If I've not met anyone's time agenda I apologize but it was more important to make sure we get all of the information".

The news comes days after former players came forward with accusations of racial slurs and physical abuse against Peters.

Later learning of the allegations made by former National Hockey League defender Michal Jordan, which alleged two incidents of physical abuse of players during their time together in Carolina, Treliving said the organization then reached out to past and current members of the Hurricanes management staff as well. Treliving said he became aware of the racism allegations only when Aliu raised them Monday and said he had two conversations with Aliu this week.

"Never wish anything bad to the person but you get what you deserve Bill", Jordan said on Twitter. "Kicking me and punching other players to the head during the game then pretending like nothing happened...couldn't believe my eyes what can happen in the best league".

"What am I going to say?" Peters traveled with the team to Buffalo, but assistant coach Geoff Ward assumed head-coaching duties.

The Flames learned of Aliu's allegations midway through Monday's overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Weeks later, Aliu, who told TSN he did not tell the Blackhawks organization about what Peters had said, was sent down to the ECHL after the two had a confrontation during practice.

"He walked in before a morning pre-game skate and said 'Hey Akim, I'm sick of you playing that n-- s--,' " Aliu told TSN. Peters did not speak to the media after the game and he was not behind the bench during Wednesday's game in Buffalo.

Peters had served as head coach of the Flames since April 2018.

The Flames were on a road trip when the controversy broke. "It definitely happened", he told reporters Wednesday. Forward Mitch Marner confirmed that during his rookie season Babcock asked him to rank Maple Leafs players in order of how hard they worked. "The way the players handled it and the way the sports staff handled it, which was to bring it to management right away, And then management handled it correctly and never heard of it again". I was on pace for 20 goals in my first pro season and I wasn't getting any power-play or penalty-kill time.

Originally from Three Hills, Alta., he guided Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs to a Memorial Cup crown in 2008 and led Team Canada to gold at the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championship. He will be Calgary's third coach in the last 3½ seasons.

Peters left the Canes after the 2017-18 season.

The IceHogs are the AHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks, who selected Aliu with the 56th pick in the 2007 NHL draft out of the Ontario Hockey League.

Aliu, who played 14 games for the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears in 2018-19, suited up for 48 games under Peters with the IceHogs in 2009-10, and 13 more with the ECHL's Toledo Walleye.

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