Bill Peters resigns as Calgary Flames coach in wake of allegations of racism

The Flames will hold a news conference in Calgary today amid reports that head coach Bill Peters has been fired.

Peters has been under investigation by the Flames and the NHL after allegations surfaced earlier this week that he used a racial slur against a former AHL player 10 years ago.

The controversy has been developing since Monday night, when Akim Aliu tweeted he had racism directed his way by a former coach in 2009-10 while with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

Aliu, who was born in Nigeria, did not refer to Peters by name in his tweet, but used Calgary’s airport code “YYC” when writing about the specific coach.

Peters issued an apology in a letter addressed to Flames general manager Brad Treliving two days later. Aliu called the apology “misleading, insincere and concerning.”

TSN and Sportsnet both reported Peters has been fired shortly after the Flames announced the news conference.

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