Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has been accused of using a racial slur when he worked in the minor leagues."Our task is to go out there and play," Tkachuk said of how the situation is affecting the players."He was great with me," Skinner stated of Peters. Peters served as Babcock's assistant with the Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs in the late 1990s. "When you're continuously pushing to a limit to get the most out of players in an intense environment, you're going to have situations where players feel they should have been dealt with in a different way, or they didn't like it. A timeline of the Bill Peters legend:

Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has come under fire after former gamer Akim Aliu accused the coach of utilizing racial slurs towards him years back. 2:11

" Never wish anything bad to the person however you get what you should have Bill," Jordan said. "Kicking me and punching other gamer to the head during the video game then pretending like absolutely nothing took place ... couldn't think my eyes."

That began the heels of Monday's explosive tweets from another former NHLer, Akim Aliu, who composed that Peters directed racial slurs towards him when both were with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League in 2009-10.

Born in Nigeria and raised in Ukraine and Canada, Aliu never referred to Peters by name, however utilized Calgary's airport code "YYC" when discussing the alleged coach who "dropped the N bomb a number of times towards me in the dressing space in my novice year because he didn't like my choice of music."

Aliu has actually not reacted to talk to requests from The Canadian Press.

While he confirmed Jordan's story, Brind' Amour stated he was "proud" of the way those occurrences were managed by both the gamers and management.

" It was certainly handled, in my viewpoint, correctly," he said. "We've definitely moved past that."

Peters, meanwhile, stays used by the Flames, however isn't currently with the team.

" It's not our focus," Flames centre Mikael Backlund said.

Associate coach Geoff Ward, who was set to run the bench versus the Sabres, said he didn't know if Peters is still in Buffalo.

Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has been implicated of utilizing a racial slur when he operated in the small leagues. The NHL and the Flames are examining. ( Associated Press)
" We all feel for everyone involved," Ward said. "It's not a perfect circumstance, however I'm not going to stand here and attempt to put words in individuals's mouths. We'll see what happens when the investigation is concluded."

Flames general manager Brad Treliving, who is conducting the examination into the past conduct of his head coach, was not provided to reporters Wednesday.

"Our task is to head out there and play," Tkachuk stated of how the circumstance is affecting the players. "That's all (the team has) been worrying to us."

Backlund said he was surprised by the allegations versus Peters, who helped Calgary to the NHL's second-best record last season with 107 points.

"Bill's been fantastic to me and the group," Backlund said. "Nothing bad to state about Bill."

"My relationship's been excellent," Calgary centre Sean Monahan included. "No problems. Right now I desire to speak about hockey, which's it."

Sabres winger Jeff Skinner, who played for Peters with the Hurricanes and spoke before Brind'Amour commented in New York, picked his words thoroughly when inquired about his former coach.

"He was great with me," Skinner stated of Peters. "Obviously, there's a great deal of stuff going on. I'm sure Calgary will get to the bottom of it."

Questionable tactics

The claims imposed against Peters and the discovery of some doubtful motivational strategies used by former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock have actually raised concerns about how individuals in positions of power deal with gamers in today's video game.

The Toronto Sun and Postmedia reported Babcock, who was fired recently, asked a rookie to prepare a list during the 2016-17 season that ranked his teammates from hardest- to least-hardest working. Babcock then shared that list with a few of the veterans at the bottom of the journal.

It was later revealed the novice in question was star winger Mitch Marner, who struggled at times under Babcock during his very first season.

Peters acted as Babcock's assistant with the Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs in the late 1990s. He was called Rockford's head coach in 2008-09 and would invest three seasons with the IceHogs.

He then rejoined Babcock as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings from 2011-12 to 2013-14 before getting worked with by Carolina.

In among his tweets, Aliu referred to Peters as Babcock's "protege."

"There's going to be relationships that didn't work out," Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice stated Tuesday. "When you're continuously pushing to a limit to get the most out of gamers in an extreme environment, you're going to have scenarios where gamers feel they must have been dealt with in a different way, or they didn't like it. You do the very best you can.

"There is a real awareness over the last year or more, certainly on our personnel ... to be more understanding, perhaps, of young gamers-- more caring, perhaps."

Among Babcock's assistants in Toronto, Senators head coach D.J. Smith, said Wednesday he blazes a trail he wished to be motivated back when he was gamer.

"You can be difficult on people, but you've got to ensure that their psychological wellness is (of) the utmost (significance)," Smith informed reporters in Ottawa. "I don't think you're going to get anything out of the gamer unless he feels mentally that he's all-in with you. There's a great line with that, however the culture's definitely altered. Gamers are various, people are various.

"What was appropriate years ago is not appropriate any longer. And certainly it's altered for the better."