NHL

Ex-Flames coach Bill Peters tests positive for COVID-19 in Russia

Former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has tested positive for COVID-19 in Russia while preparing Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg for the upcoming KHL season.

Current KHL bench boss resigned from Calgary after allegations of racial slurs, physical abuse

Bill Peters, seen above in his former role as head coach of the Calgary Flames, is preparing to coach in the KHL this season on a two-year deal with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has tested positive for COVID-19 in Russia while preparing Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg for the upcoming KHL season.

The diagnosis was confirmed by the hockey club on Wednesday, according to Russia's state-run news agency TASS.

Peters is reportedly asymptomatic.

The 54-year-old made a controversial exit from his position with the Flames in November after former NHLer Akim Aliu tweeted accusations about the use of racial slurs by a coach during the 2009-10 season with the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

Michal Jordan, a former NHL defenceman, then alleged Peters kicked him while the two were with the Carolina Hurricanes and Peters resigned as Flames coach soon after.

In April, Peters signed a two-year deal to coach Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg. The KHL season is set to begin on Sept. 2.

The KHL cancelled the remainder of its 2019-20 season in March due to the pandemic. 

With files from The Canadian Press and The Associated Press

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