Aliu believes ‘big change coming’ after meeting with NHL


  • Former NHL player Akim Aliu met with the league at its Toronto offices on Tuesday and believes that positive things will come out of his incident with now-former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters.

“I want to thank everyone for their support, it obviously means a lot to me,” he told reporters in a statement after the meeting. “It’s been a tough week, but we had some great discussions with Gary (Bettman) and Bill (Daly).

“They couldn’t have been kinder and receptive to the message we’re trying to bring. I think there is some big change coming. It’s long overdue, and I’m excited to see it come to fruition.”

  • It was Aliu’s first statement since last Thursday when he reacted to Peters’ letter of apology to the Flames organization, saying he found it to be, “misleading, insincere and concerning.”
  • Aliu tweeted last week that Peters directed racial slurs towards him when both were with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs — the Chicago Blackhawks’ top farm team — in 2009-10.
  • The Flames announced last week that the team accepted Peters’ letter of resignation.


Sources & Credits: TSN
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