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Flames GM Treliving says Bill Peters investigation still ongoing

Last Updated Nov 26, 2019 at 11:05 am PST

Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters. (Mark Schiefelbein/CP)
Summary

Former player Akim Aliu alleged on Twitter Monday that Bill Peters, the Flames' head coach, had used racial slurs

Aliu played for Peters when he was head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s AHL affiliate

CALGARY (SPORTSNET) – Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving met the media Tuesday afternoon and updated the situation surrounding Bill Peters following allegations from Akim Aliu Monday night.

“Throughout the evening last night and into this morning we were starting an investigation into the incident,” Treliving said. “The purpose of me coming in here today is we have not completed that. We’re trying to be as transparent as possible and update you.

“Geoff Ward is running our practice today. Bill (Peters) will remain at the hotel. Bill has not been relieved of his duties. We are continuing this ongoing investigation. We hope to have this completed quickly, but it’s gotta be thorough and it’s gotta be done correctly. And I’m not about to comment on anything halfway through or give tidbits or give soundbites at this point other than to say the serious nature of this is not lost on us. We take it with extreme seriousness until such time as I personally can talk to all parties involved and everybody that we want to as part of this. We’re not going to comment, but I wanted to at least bring you up to speed.”

On Monday night, Aliu alleged on Twitter that Peters had directed a racial slur toward him “several times” while the two were together in the AHL. Aliu played for Peters when he was head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s AHL affiliate, for five games in the 2008-09 season and 48 games in 2009-10. Aliu also appeared in 13 games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye in ’09-10.

In the series of tweets, Aliu didn’t mention Peters by name, but did refer to a “protégé” of Mike Babcock currently in Calgary. Peters served as Babcock’s assistant on Detroit’s bench for three years.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article erroneously reported that Peters had been fired. This article has been updated to show the correct information.