The NHL’s Calgary Flames’ Head Coach Bill Peters Resigned After Using a Racial Slur


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Nov 19, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters during interview after the game against the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Former NHL coach, Bill Peters, recently resigned from the Calgary Flames after a story came out that he directed a racial slur towards a Nigerian born minor league player named Akim Aliu. This incident reportedly occurred 10 years ago, however, Aliu issued the accusations just last Friday on Nov. 29. Around the same time in 2009, Peters punched and kicked players that he coached as an abusive punishment while at Carolina. Peters, knowing that he would be fired because of his controversial coaching methods and racial harassment, wrote a letter of resignation and sent it to the general manager of the Flames, Brad Treliving. Treliving would not disclose whether Peters would still be paid for the rest of the duration of his three year contract with the NHL, as he is not with the organization. Assistant coach, Geoff Ward, will be taking over the team as head coach from now on for the team. Peters’ accuser, Akim Aliu, will be meeting with the NHL to further discuss the situation with the board. 

Aliu describes the racial implications expressed by Peters in his statement where he states, “Bill Peters dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year. . . .”

The NHL reacted to this statement by calling it “unacceptable” and Treliving described Peters’ behavior as “repulsive.”

 In Peters’ resignation letter, he stated how he regretted his behavior and misconduct, which made Aliu question the sincerity of his letter. Flames player Mark Giordano describes how tough it’s been for the Flames players in these recent events. This situation has created difficulties for the Flames organization, players, and fans.



Associated Press. (2019, November 29). Calgary Flames coach quits after racist slurs revealed. Retrieved December 2, 2019, from