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Peters resigns as Flames coach after allegations of racism

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

On Twitter Monday night Aliu, who spent last season with the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears, alleged that the head coach used a racial slur "several times" because he did not like the choice of music being played in the dressing room.

Tuesday, the National Hockey League acknowledged in an announcement that the behavior Peters changed into accused of changed into "frightful and unacceptable", and Treliving acknowledged the crew had opened an investigation into Aliu's allegations.

Per Joyce's source, Aliu views Peters' resignation as "just a window into the problems in hockey [with this being] about the recognition of one guy".

Peters was then head coach of the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs, while Aliu was a rookie with the farm club for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Flames hired Peters in April 2018 after he spent four seasons with the Hurricanes. "Categorically, no" Treliving said Friday.

Calgary will hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. ET.

"This is the most hard thing in my career", Treliving told reporters. Jordan, a native of the Czech Republic, last played for the Canes in the 2015-16 season and is now with a KHL team.

Teammates of Aliu confirmed the alleged incident, though Peters since claimed it was an "isolated" episode.

"I think that it was most likely the best outcome for what the team had put into their investigation and with the allegations and everything", Tkachuk said.

"Management handled it directly and never heard of it again and never saw anything else after that", Brind'Amour said.

"At the end of the day all we can do as players is move forward". Or will the Flames try to get out of paying him because Peters obviously forced the team's hand?

After the apology, Aliu responded: "I have read the statement of Bill Peters, which I found to be misleading, insincere and concerning".

The NHL has said Peters' action are "repugnant and unacceptable", but declined to comment further until it's had a chance to look into the allegation.

Sean McMorrow played for Peters in 2008-09 with the Ice Hogs Tweeted, "Worst human being to ever coach me ... treated me awful on a AHL team (IceHogs) where I won a League Award for Community Service".

"This was something that needed to be handled correctly, it needed to be handled in a timely fashion, but I was not going to trade carelessness for thoroughness". Aliu, who was born in Nigeria and raised in Ukraine and Canada, tweeted: "Not very surprising the things we're hearing about Babcock". "But that was the first time I saw a big group of people pushing towards negativity like that". The team has yet to confirm Seravalli's report, but given how things have been trending, that seems to be the obvious reason for the press conference.

It will be interesting to see what happens if - and it appears, when - the Flames fire Peters.

Assistant coach Geoff Ward was handed control of the Flames bench as the team conducted its investigation. Peters was in the second year of a three-year deal that is worth a reported US$6 million, according to the website Capfriendly.com.

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