Former Hurricanes GM says he took allegations against Bill Peters seriously

  • Former Hurricanes GM says he took allegations against Bill Peters seriously

Former Hurricanes GM says he took allegations against Bill Peters seriously

Francis's statement runs contrary to that of Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, who on Wednesday told the Seattle Times that he would have fired Peters in a "nanosecond" had he been made aware of the physical-abuse allegations.

The Flames were on a road trip when the controversy broke.

"Effective immediately, Bill Peters is no longer a member of the Calgary Flames organization", he said.

The NHL is also investigating.

Francis, in his statement, said he took "immediate action" after being informed of the incidents and added that he "briefed ownership".

Calgary hosts the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Jordan, 29, wrote on Twitter that Peters once kicked him in the back during a game and hit a different Carolina skater on the head, an account that current Hurricanes head coach Rob Brind & # 39; Amour corroborated the media on November 27.

Peters resigned as head coach of the Flames on Friday after former NHL player Akim Aliu tweeted Monday night that he was the target of a racial slur by a former coach during the 2009-2010 season while a member of the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

"I took immediate steps to address the matter and reported the property ..."

Both Peters and Francis left the Hurricanes organization in a matter of days in April 2018 when Dundon asserted control over the team. Francis is now the general manager of the NHL's Seattle expansion team that begins play in the 2021-22 season.

Even if Francis is somewhat telling the truth here, it raises even more questions, mainly: Why did someone in the position of Francis - with the power and authority to hire and fire as he sees fit - offer Peters a contract extension the summer after he admitted to knowing about all of this? Peters resigned after the 2017-18 season, having failed to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs in any of his four seasons.

Brind'Amour said this week that he believed the situation was handled correctly at the time by management.

Francis said he would make no further comments, saying it would be inappropriate "while an active investigation was being conducted by another team".

Karmanos sold majority interest in the Hurricanes to Tom Dundon in January 2018 but remains a minority owner.

Neither Francis nor Peters responded this week to requests for comment.