Akim Aliu responds to Bill Peters being hired as head coach in KHL

Former Flames head coach Bill Peters has signed a two-year deal with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg in the KHL. Arash Madani and Chris Johnston discuss Peters’ move to Russia.

Akim Aliu has responded to the news that Bill Peters was hired as head coach of the KHL’s Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist.

Aliu, who revealed in November that the former Flames head coach had used racial slurs toward him in 2009-10 when the two were together in the AHL, tweeted a comment that remained focused on the future.

“Hockey is for all. I believe in second chances for everyone, that we can all find forgiveness in our heart, and that real, positive change is coming if we continue to push forward together. I don’t resent a man for finding work, but I will fight to make sure those same opportunities are available to everyone, on and off the ice, regardless of race or ethnicity. I’m also patiently looking forward to the outcome of the NHL’s investigation. Only with past behind us can we focus on the future. That means bringing hockey to the underprivileged youth in order to make the game more diverse, affordable and accessible to all regardless of race, gender and economic background. Stay Tuned #TimeToDream”

Peters resigned from his position with the Flames on Nov. 29, shortly after Aliu brought this behaviour to light.

Michal Jordan also accused Peters of kicking him on the bench while he was a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, a story that was corroborated by Rod Brind’Amour, who is now the Hurricanes head coach and was an assistant at the time of those incidents.

“I think as time goes on we all grow and improve and become better versions of ourselves, and I’m no different than that,” Peters said Wednesday during a conference call. “You learn from all the experiences that you’re in, and you become better.

“It’s no different right now, going through a very trying time right now in the world with the global pandemic, and I believe we’re going to come out of this, and when we come out of this people are going to be better people for it and more passionate and compassionate towards each other and more patient.”

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