Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving announced on Friday that Bill Peters had resigned as the team’s head coach.

Treliving said he accepted the letter of resignation from Peters on Friday morning.

Calgary was investigating Peters for the use of a racial slur towards ex-NHLer Akim Aliu when both parties were with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs 10 years ago.

In a letter on Wednesday, Peters admitted to using the “offensive language” while with the IceHogs and apologized to the team at the time. However, his apology did not hit the right cord with Aliu who pointed out inaccuracies in what Peters stated, saying that the coach never apologized to him or the team.

The now former Flames coach was also accused of physical abuse during his time with the Carolina Hurricanes. That accusation came from defenseman Michal Jordan who said he was physically abused by Peters as well as another teammate. Those alleged indicents took place between 2014 and 2018 while Peters was the bench boss for the ‘Canes.

Rod Brind’Amour, who is the current head coach of the Hurricanes and was an assistant on Peters’ staff in Carolina, said the physical abuse “for sure happened.”

With all the new accusations and a lot of people stepping forward to confirm the stories of racism and physical abuse, there was no other outcome than Peters being removed from the bench. He just did it on his time instead of waiting for the Flames or the NHL to do so.

It is almost certain that both the Flames were working towards relieving Peters of his duties but had many lawyers involved so that they would not be paying the former coach for the rest of the contract they had. Many statements went through lawyers to help with the wording in case future lawsuits were filed.

Peters was held off the bench in the Flames last game which they won, defeating the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

The NHL released a short statement following the announcement by the Flames and stated that their investigation would continue with all the meetings they already had set up even though Calgary has stated they have put the matter behind them.

At this time there is no evidence that Treliving knew of the abuse or racial slur evidence prior to hiring Peters for the head coaching position in Calgary. However, he will likely have many meetings with the league over it. Also, you can be sure the league will look into why the physical abuse in Carolina was not known about, especially with Brind’Amoud’s statement this week.

It is likely that you will see much more in-depth vetting by the teams around the league and the NHL concerning coaching, and likely other positions that need to be filled from here on out.

Flames associate coach Geoff Ward will take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis.