Peters admitted in his resignation as Flames head coach in November that he used racial slurs when he coached the American League ten years ago. He returned to his first hockey job when he signed a two-year contract with the KHL motorist in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday.
“Billy is a good coach. He made a mistake, but he’s a really terrible man, despite the fact that the error did happen, “Ward told TSN’s Jermain Franklin. “It’s nice to see that he has another opportunity. And I think based on his knowledge of the game and what he looks like as a coach, he will go there and be successful.
“I think he did certain things to atone for what happened … Seeing this and people recognizing it, I think it is important. So now the fact that he has another opportunity to go do what he likes, and he’s a coach, it’s nice to see. Like I said, I’m sure he’ll succeed. “
In a video call with reporters on Wednesday, Peters also said he thought he had grown up since leaving the Flames.
“I think over time we all grow and improve and become better versions of ourselves, and I’m no different from that. You learn from all the experiences you go through and you get better, ”said Peters.
“It is no different right now, going through a very difficult time right now in the world with the global pandemic, and I believe we will get out of this, and when we get out of this people, it will be better people to that and more passionate and compassionate towards each other and more patient. “
Ward joined the Flames staff for the first time as an associate coach under Peters in 2018. He has guided the team to a 24-15-3 record since taking office as head coach this season after a 12-12-4 start under Peters.