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Kicked out of the NHL for racist remarks, Bill Peters is back
AFP SHARING Kevin Dubé
MISE À DAY
Four years after stepping down as head coach of the Calgary Flames over allegations of racial slurs against former player Akim Aliu, Bill Peters is back in the North American hockey world , while he was hired by the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Junior League (WHL).
Aliu had spoken out publicly in 2019, accusing Peters of for using racial slurs against him while coaching him in the American Hockey League. with the Automobilist of Yekaterinburg, in the KHL, in April 2020, until his dismissal in November 2022.
“I would like to sincerely apologize for the pain and disappointment caused to Akim, to the hockey community, racialized by my hurtful language. My actions are not representative of the values and knowledge that I have now. I have spent the past four years reflecting and understanding the profound impact of my language as well as my actions. I am committed to making amends and contributing positively to the hockey community that is so close to my heart,” Peters reacted in a press release.
The Hurricanes also announced that Peters completed an intensive 12-month program with Shades of Humanity, which tackles diversity and inclusion issues.
Aliu denies apology
Following the news, Aliu mentioned on social network X that Peters tried to reach him through someone's company to apologize. The former player, however, did not agree to speak to him, not considering his sincere apologies.
“The truth is that if I had not said anything, he would still have a job in the NHL. I believe in second chances, but only if they are sincere”, he explained in particular.