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Ex-Hurricanes player accuses Peters of physical abuse

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Former Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan said Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters physically abused him when the latter served as bench boss for Carolina.

Jordan tweeted Tuesday that Peters kicked him and punched another player in the head on the bench. He added that the coach then pretended it didn't happen.

"Couldn't believe my eyes what can happen in the best league," Jordan said. "Happy that I don't have to go (through) that stuff on (a) daily (basis) anymore."

"He kicked me pretty hard in the back during a game," Jordan told TSN's Frank Seravalli. "Even the trainers and the other guys saw it."

Jordan said there were multiple altercations between Peters and Hurricanes players.

The incident involving Peters punching another player in the head was confirmed by multiple sources to Seravalli. The player in question wishes to remain anonymous for the time being, Seravalli adds.

Carolina's leadership group and other staff members made then-general manager Ron Francis aware of their concerns about Peters at the time, but no changes were made, according to ABC's Mark Armstrong. Francis' decision to retain Peters ruined close relationships spanning decades, The Athletic's Sara Civian added.

The upcoming Seattle NHL team hired Francis as its general manager this past summer.

Former NHL player Akim Aliu tweeted Monday that Peters repeatedly used a racial slur toward him during their time with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. Aliu went into further detail Tuesday, and two former teammates corroborated his account.

Flames general manager Brad Treliving said Tuesday that there is an ongoing investigation into Peters' possible usage of the racial slur.

The 54-year-old bench boss coached the Hurricanes from 2014 to 2018. He's been Calgary's head coach for the last two seasons.

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