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Sports Geoff Ward has Flames playing in tune in wake of Bill Peters's departure

19:25  02 december  2019
19:25  02 december  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Who is Geoff Ward? Calgary Flames name Bill Peters' interim replacement

  Who is Geoff Ward? Calgary Flames name Bill Peters' interim replacement In the wake of Bill Peters' resignation following the accusations of racist comments and physical abuse, Ward was named the interim head coach of the Calgary Flames on Friday.A longtime assistant coach in the NHL, Ward takes over a team that is not only dealing with the off-ice issues surrounding the now-former head coach, but one that has struggled to be consistent on the ice.

Peters has not run a practice since Aliu lodged the allegation on Twitter on Monday and did not coach the The Nigerian-born Aliu, who last played in the NHL in 2013, called Peters ’ s apology “misleading, insincere and Geoff Ward coached the Flames in Peters ’ s absence on Wednesday, with assistant

Peters has been under fire for allegations of racial slurs and physical abuse of players in previous jobs. Assistant Geoff Ward takes over as interim coach with the Flames 12-12-4 and in ninth place in Peters has not been on the ice or behind the bench with his team since former player Akim Aliu

With his daughter Valentina by his side in the Calgary Flames locker room, Milan Lucic ruminated on the importance of what he calls Happyland.

Happyland, to Lucic, is the rink itself — a magical place where distractions, such as Friday's dramatic departure of head coach Bill Peters, disappear if only for a while.

"I think I speak for everyone," the hulking winger said Saturday night after the Flames dispatched the Ottawa Senators 3-1 in the first home game under interim head coach Geoff Ward. "When you're out there, you get a chance to be free and be yourself and not think of anything other than doing what you love to do. And that's playing hockey."

Peters will not coach Flames against Sabres

  Peters will not coach Flames against Sabres BUFFALO, N.Y. — The latest on allegations that current Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters made racist comments a decade ago (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving says coach Bill Peters will not coach the team Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres. Associate coach Geoff Ward, who oversaw practice on Tuesday, will handle the coaching duties. Treliving had no other updates as the investigation continues into the allegation Peters directed racial slurs toward Akim Aliu when he and the Nigerian-born player were in the minors a decade ago.___1:15 p.m.

Bill Peters resigned as coach of the Calgary Flames after it was disclosed he directed racist slurs at a Nigerian-born player in the minors a decade ago and kicked and punched players behind the bench during his recent time with Carolina. General manager Brad Treliving said he received a resignation

Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has resigned, the team announced. The decision comes after an investigation was launched into allegations of misconduct by the coach Geoff Ward will take over the coaching duties in Calgary on an interim basis, Flames general manager Brad Treliving announced.

Happy is not a word anyone would use to describe Calgary through the first two months of the 2019-2020 campaign.

Fresh off a first-place finish in the Western Conference — and despite losing in five games to the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs — the Flames considered themselves legitimate Stanley Cup contenders to start the season.

Since then, however, they've struggled to score, endured a six-game losing streak and watched defenceman T.J. Brodie collapse during practice on Nov. 14. The defenceman was convulsing on the ice before paramedics rushed him to hospital — a situation defenceman Mark Giordano called the scariest moment of his career. Brodie is, thankfully, okay and returned to the lineup on Nov. 25.

Flames fire coach Bill Peters after allegations by Akim Aliu

  Flames fire coach Bill Peters after allegations by Akim Aliu Flames fire coach Bill Peters after allegations by Akim AliuOn Monday night, Aliu alleged on Twitter that Peters had directed a racial slur toward him “several times” while the two were together in the AHL. Aliu played for Peters when he was head coach of the Rockford IceHogs, Chicago’s AHL affiliate, for five games in the 2008-09 season and 48 games in 2009-10. Aliu also appeared in 13 games for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye in ’09-10.

Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has resigned, the team announced. The decision comes after an investigation was launched into allegations of misconduct by the coach Geoff Ward will take over the coaching duties in Calgary on an interim basis, Flames general manager Brad Treliving announced.

In the wake of Bill Peters ' resignation following the accusations of racist comments and physical abuse, Ward was named the Did Geoff Ward play in the NHL? No, Ward has never been the head man on an NHL bench. He has been an assistant for three teams spanning just over 11 seasons.

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But that same night, during a game in Pittsburgh, things got even worse when Akim Aliu tweeted allegations of racism against Peters from a decade ago when the two were with the American Hockey League Rockford IceHogs. Aliu claimed Peters repeatedly used a racial slur in a profanity-filled rant about his choice in hip-hop music.

One day later, former NHL defenceman Michal Jordan alleged Peters was physically abusive when he coached the Carolina Hurricanes.

Flames general manager Brad Treliving put Ward in charge of the bench last Wednesday in Buffalo. By Friday, Peters was officially gone and Ward was interim head coach.

The Flames beat Buffalo 3-2 in overtime before dispatching the expansion Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

"For Wardo, it's awesome," said forward Dillon Dube. "Guys are really working for him now. Just the situation that happened, he comes in and it's his first head coaching job in the NHL with us. It's just awesome for him to be able to get two wins."

Flames head coach Bill Peters apologizes for Akim Aliu incident

  Flames head coach Bill Peters apologizes for Akim Aliu incident Bill Peters made his first public comments on the Akim Aliu racism allegations Wednesday night, expressing his regrets and taking responsibility for what he said. The Calgary Flames head coach, left the team Wednesday morning while the club and league investigate the allegations, contacted Sportsnet.ca once he landed in Calgary with a statement he issued as part of a letter to GM Brad Treliving.

After GM Brad Treliving accepted Bill Peters ’ resignation Friday morning, Geoff Ward will step behind the bench on an interim basis. Bill Peters |Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images. By Jared Clinton. In the wake of Aliu’ s comments, others who have played for Peters began to speak out.

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On Friday, at his first home-ice practice as head coach, Ward asked Rasmus Andersson to play disc jockey and select music to pipe over the loudspeakers at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Swedish defenceman chose Elton John's Tiny Dancer, Queen's Radio Ga Ga and It's Tricky by Run DMC.

And so the music plays on in Calgary with Ward asking players to take turns with DJ duties.

Goaltender David Rittich celebrates Calgary's 3-1 win over Ottawa on Saturday, the team's second consecutive victory under interim coach Geoff Ward.© Provided by cbc.ca Goaltender David Rittich celebrates Calgary's 3-1 win over Ottawa on Saturday, the team's second consecutive victory under interim coach Geoff Ward.

"The frustration level is not high right now," Ward said. "Guys are really helping each other out, talking, finding solutions. Talking to each other. They're more solution-oriented rather than frustration-oriented, whereas some points earlier that may have been the case.

"We're moving in the right direction. Guys are starting to see their play is trending up — and they're feeling good about that. They're finding ways to support each other and, as a result, the mood on the bench is real good."

Ward is a one-time Grade 5 teacher in Kitchener, Ont. Now an 11-year assistant coach in the NHL, Ward helped the Boston Bruins win a Stanley Cup in 2011. He smiles easily and exudes positivity — which might be exactly what the Flames need in the post-Peters era.

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By reputation, Geoff Ward has never been a centre-stage sorta guy. Not one to actively seek so much as a sliver, a shard, of the spotlight. Finally being back on home soil and contesting a game was a welcome normalcy in a tumultuous week that saw the resignation of Flames ' head coach Bill Peters .

"We've got seven out of the last eight points here," Lucic said Saturday. "We want to get that good feeling going again. And how you get that good feeling again is by working hard and playing good defence."

Further endearing himself to his charges, Ward cancelled Sunday's practice to give the Flames two consecutive days off.

Two days to escape to the Rocky Mountains. Two days to sleep in and play video games. Two days to change diapers and hit the toboggan hill with the kids.

a group of people riding skis on a snowy surface: Ward runs practice on Friday following the resignation of head coach Bill Peters.© Provided by cbc.ca Ward runs practice on Friday following the resignation of head coach Bill Peters.

"December is a great month for everyone with the holiday season coming up," Lucic said. "It's no different for us as players."

The hard-luck Flames enter December at 13-12-4 in the thick of a cluttered playoff race in the Western Conference.

"For us it has been a tough month for travel and with everything that happened, all in all, we'll take it," Ward said. "We can be happy with the progress we're making but we can't be satisfied with it. There are a lot of areas we've got to improve to get to where we ultimately want to be."

Destination: Happyland.

2 players corroborate Aliu's expanded account of Peters using slur .
Warning: Story contains offensive language Akim Aliu went into further detail about the racial slur he says Bill Peters directed toward him 10 years ago. On Monday, Aliu accused the Calgary Flames head coach of hurling the N-word at him multiple times due to the player's choice of music while with the AHL's Rockford IceHogs in 2009-10. The former NHLer elaborated to TSN's Frank Seravalli. "He walked in before a morning pregame skate and said, 'Hey Akim, I'm sick of you playing that n----- shit,'" Aliu said. "He said, 'I'm sick of hearing this n-----s f------ other n-----s in the ass stuff.'"He then walked out like nothing ever happened," Aliu continued.

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