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Former NHL forward Akim Aliu signs with Czech Extraliga team Litvinov

Former NHL player Akim Aliu, whose description of past alleged racist behaviour by Bill Peters led to the former NHL coach resigning from the Calgary Flames, has signed a contract for the rest of the 2019-20 season with HC Litvinov of the Czech Extra

Former NHL player Akim Aliu, whose description of past alleged racist behaviour by Bill Peters led to the former NHL coach resigning from the Calgary Flames, has signed a contract for the rest of the 2019-20 season with HC Litvinov of the Czech Extraliga.

The Czech team confirmed the move on its website Tuesday.

Aliu, who is of Nigerian and Ukrainian descent, had posted on Twitter in November that Peters used a racial slur towards him several times during the 2009-10 season while the two were with the Chicago Blackhawks' top minor league affiliate in Rockford, Ill.

Peters resigned on Nov. 29 after an investigation by the team. He apologized to the Flames and general manager Brad Treliving for using "offensive language" in Rockford two days before his resignation.

Aliu, 30, was drafted in the second round, 56th overall, by Chicago in the 2007 draft.

He last played with the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears in 2018-19.

Litvinov stood 13th out of 14 teams in the Czech Republic's top league as of Tuesday. The team was tied on points at 36 with last-place Pardubice. The team that finishes last is relegated to the second-tier Chance Liga.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2020.

 

The Canadian Press




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