ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — Former Rockford IceHogs coach and now Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters has apologized for using offensive language in the IceHogs’ locker room ten years ago.
Peters hasn’t spoken publicly, but according to the Canadian Sports Network TSN Peters sent a letter of apology to the general manager of the Calgary Flames Brad Treliving. According to TSN Peters stated that the incident happened, “In a moment of frustration and does not reflect my personal values.”
Peters also states that he regrets the incident and he apologizes to anyone negatively affected by it.
Earlier this week former IceHog Akim Aliu put out a tweet accusing Peters of using the ‘N’ word toward him when Peters became upset with the music that Aliu was playing in the locker room. Aliu also claims that Peters sought to have him demoted to the ECHL.
Officials from the Chicago Blackhawks, the parent organization of the IceHogs, has stated that they knew nothing of the incident.
Peters has more problems. Two of his former players with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes claim that he physically abused them by kicking and punching them on the team bench.
As of Wednesday night Peters was still the head coach of the Flames, but he was not on the bench for their game in Buffalo.