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Flames News: Calgary To Fire Head Coach Bill Peters After Racial Remark

Racial remark was said to player a decade ago in minor league hockey

On Friday, the Calgary Flames will fire head coach Bill Peters. The news comes four days after a former player said the coach directed racial epithets toward him while they were in the minors a decade ago.

Typically a quiet organization that does things the right way in hockey, the Flames have a news conference scheduled today which they are expected to announce the transaction. However, let’s recap what happened earlier in the week which brought this situation to light.

Former player Akim Akiu said on twitter Monday evening that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.”

Then on Wednesday, the head coach admitted guilt in a letter of apology. Within that letter he said the following:

“Although it was an isolated and immediately regrettable incident, I take responsibility for what I said,”

Still the damage had been done at that point. From there, Peters was absent from the Flames for two days prior to today’s announcement.

Peters was hired prior to this season to be the head guy in Calgary. He previously coached the Carolina Hurricanes from 2014-2018.

Aliu had this to say to TSN recently:

“This isn’t me being bitter. I sat on this a really, really long time. It broke my heart, I think it made my career go downhill before it started. This isn’t to the degree of [Colin] Kaepernick by any means, but if you play the race card, it’s most likely the end of your career.”

Finally, if you seek it out; the remark that Peters admitted to making was definitely pretty racist. It’s unfortunate to see a story like this anywhere, especially for a franchise like Calgary that boasts a really proud tradition.

Furthermore, this is likely the end of Peters’ coaching career in the NHL.

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