NHL concludes Bill Peters investigation, but Akim Aliu's lawyer casts doubt

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NEW YORK — The NHL says it has completed its investigation into the conduct of former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters on Monday the league has wrapped up its investigation of Peters' alleged racist and abusive behaviour toward his players.

Akim Aliu, who is Black, played for Peters when both were with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs more than a decade ago. He accused his former coach in November 2019 of using racial profanities.

Michal Jordan, who played for Peters with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, also alleged Peters kicked him and punched another unnamed player during a game.

Peters resigned as head coach of the Calgary Flames in the wake of the accusations.

Daly said Monday the NHL had been in touch with Aliu's representatives about next steps, but Ben Meiselas, Aliu's lawyer, later tweeted he had not been contacted.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 1, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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