It may feel like it happened ages ago, but it was in November, during the now paused 2019-20 NHL season, that former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters was fired for having allegedly used a racial epithet to describe the music that Akim Aliu was listening to at the time, during the 2009-10 season with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.
On top of that were accusations of physical abuse on two players while he was the bench boss with the Carolina Hurricanes. Former Canes player Michal Jordan confirmed to TSN that there were “multiple” physical altercations between Peters and players in Carolina.
As you may remember now, it got ugly fast and Peters lost his job and we sort of forgot about it, thinking he would never get a job behind a bench again.
Well, it looks like we were wrong…
On Friday, Oilers insider Jim Matheson of The Edmonton Journal revealed on Twitter that Peters is being considered for the headicoaching with Yekaterinburg in the KHL. Matheson adds that former NHL Russia superstar Pavel Datsyuk may have recommended the for Detroit Red Wings assistant coach.
“Nothing confirmed but there are reports in Russia media that ex Calgary coach Bill Peters might be getting a job with Yekaterinburg in the KHL. That’s where Pavel Datsyuk’s been playing and he may have recommended the ex Wings assistant coach.”
Since allegations were made on Peters, and former Toronto Maple Leafs’ head coach Mike Babcock for that matter, we hadn’t heard from Peters or any potential career move.
Now it seems like he wants to get back in the game. Let’s hope that he has changed and learned from his mistakes and will be a better man and bench boss.