Report: Bill Peters has left Flames organization

Thomas Williams
Hockey writer

Amid reports of racist comments and physical abuse, head coach Bill Peters has reportedly left the Calgary Flames organization.

According to Eric Francis of Sportsnet, Peters has left the team physically, but is still officially employed by the club.

The head coach joined the team on their Eastern road trip, but will not be returning to Calgary with the rest of the staff.

Peters has been around the team — staying in the same hotel — but has kept his distance once the reports of his alleged racist comments towards former player Akim Aliu and physical abuse against Michal Jordan was brought to light.

The still-employed Flames coach will meet with the NHL in the near future as the league is reportedly planning to get involved.

This is Peters’ second season as the head coach of the Flames.

After the game against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, GM Treliving came out to speak to the media about the letter that the head coach penned to the general manager.

The Flames general manager acknowledged Peters’ apologetic statement, but preached patience as the investigation will take some time.

“It’s involving serious subject matter, and I just want to make sure we’re doing a thorough job in looking under every stone, rock, and doing everything that needs to be done,” Treliving said.

He continued to state that he doesn’t want to put a timeline on the investigation, but to just trust that they are doing everything they can to do it the correct way.

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