Former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan has become the latest player to accuse former Hurricanes coach Bill Peters of mistreatment, tweeting earlier today that the coach kicked him and punched another player “(in) the head during (a) game” during Peters’ tenure behind the Hurricanes’ bench.
1) Never wish anything bad to the person but you get what you deserve Bill.After years making it to the NHL had experience with the worst coach ever by far.Kicking me and punching other player to the head during the game...— Michal Jordan (@TheBigCzech23) November 26, 2019
2) then pretending like nothing happened...couldnt believe my eyes what can happen in the best league.. happy that i dont have to go thrue that stuff on daily basics anymore.— Michal Jordan (@TheBigCzech23) November 26, 2019
Jordan’s accusations were corroborated publicly by current Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour following the team’s morning skate at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
Head Coach Rod Brind'Amour addresses the media ahead of tonight's game pic.twitter.com/SSOQLLMi7o— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) November 27, 2019
Brind’Amour was an assistant coach under Peters all four years of Peters’ tenure as Hurricanes coach, including the two seasons in which Jordan was a member of the team.
Jordan’s accusations come on the heels of a series of tweets last night by Akim Aliu, a former member of the Rockford IceHogs who played for Peters in his first full professional season and accused Peters of making racial slurs. His accusations were corroborated by a pair of former teammates who were contacted by Frank Seravalli of TSN. Peters did not meet the media last night and did not run Flames practice today, and while earlier reports indicated that the Flames had fired Peters, GM Brad Treliving said that no action has been taken and an investigation continues in cooperation with the league office.
Jordan, a 2008 fourth-round draft pick who played two seasons under Peters, made his professional debut with the Hurricanes in 2012, when Kirk Muller was the head coach. He then played 38 games in 2014-15 and 36 in the following season, Peters’ first two years as Hurricanes coach.
Jordan told Seravalli that the coach kicked him in the back at least once during a game, and multiple sources confirmed to Seravalli Jordan’s accusation that Peters also made physical contact with another Hurricanes defenseman’s head during a game.
“I was at that point in my career, like I just got there, so I couldn’t say anything,” Jordan told Seravalli. “I didn’t want them to think I was crying. Me and my agent, we kept it secret. Now other guys are speaking out, so I felt like I could.”
ABC11’s Mark Armstrong tweeted Tuesday afternoon that a Hurricanes source indicated that a player leadership group took their concerns about Peters’ treatment of players to then-general manager Ron Francis. No time frame was given for when the players would have met with Francis, who was fired late in the 2017-18 season, and there was no word on what response, if any, the front office had to the concerns allegedly raised.
This story continues to develop and will be updated as events unfold.