Flames coach Bill Peters resigns after being accused of using racial slur

Calgary Flames host Friday news conference amid Bill Peters allegations

Report: Peters out as Flames head coach

"It's been a hard time".

INSKEEP: And I guess we should note that in that apology - appears to acknowledge he did say what he was accused of saying, although there's some question about the exact circumstances. Peters didn't name Aliu in his apology, nor did he specifically address the nature of the incident or the events leading up to it.

Saturday's game against the Ottawa senators will mark Ward's first since he was officially appointed Flames interim head coach, although he was also in charge of Wednesday's overtime victory against Buffalo.

"These incidents didn't take place here", Treliving said.

So Peters is - he's a hard-nosed sort of coach.

"Although it was an isolated and immediately regrettable incident, I take responsibility for what I said, " Peters wrote.

The Flames had distanced themselves from Peters after learning of the allegations.

He alleged "the N-bomb" had been dropped several times toward him in the dressing room in his rookie year because the coach didn't like his choice of music. "Categorically no", the general manager said at the press conference.

"Obviously we were playing, so I haven't had a chance to sit down with Bill or our team internally to talk about this and get to the bottom of it", Treliving said.

Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk said news of Peters' resignation was expected. "It's a little different, it felt good and you just think practical and nothing more".

Flames captain Mark Giordano said the past four days have been tough and the only escape for the players was on the ice.

"At the end of the day all we can do as players is move forward". But I think it's going to be a learning lesson for everyone. He was the Hurricanes' head coach for 4 seasons.

Because although he's been waiting for a crack as an National Hockey League head coach, nobody envisions it playing out like this.

Aliu, who moved to Canada at the age of seven, later said he was demoted after he "rebelled" against the use of the racist language towards him.

Treliving clarified that the team had never heard of any allegations of this type against Peters until Aliu spoke up recently. The team added it had no effect on any player personnel decisions involving Aliu.

Peters' resignation came after revelations this week that he used racial slurs a decade ago while coaching in the American 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. He will be Calgary's third coach in the last 3½ seasons. I was 20 years old and a first-year pro. Jordan, a native of the Czech Republic, last played for the Canes in the 2015-16 season and is now with a KHL team. The Solar Bears were Aliu's 11th team over a six-year span, which included stops in Russia, Sweden and Slovakia.

Aliu's tweet came days after several former players criticized recently fired coach Mike Babcock for his coaching tactics and intimidation of young players. He proceeded to share the list with Marner's teammates, including those who he put at the bottom of his list.

Aliu stated he believes that incident with Peters "ruined my profession earlier than it began".

"I'm a pretty positive guy", Peters said on the day he was introduced to the media at the Saddledome.

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