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    Akim Aliu pleased after meeting with Gary Bettman and Bill Daly: ‘Big change is coming’

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    Akim Aliu, the former NHLer whose allegation toward Bill Peters served as a catalyst for the former Calgary Flames head coach’s resignation, met with the NHL on Tuesday to discuss the situation after the league offered him an invitation to do so, as reported by TSN’s Frank Seravalli.

    According to TSN’s Matthew Scianitti, the meeting went well for Aliu’s party.

    MORE: Hockey Canada issues statement in wake of Bill Peters scandal

    “I want to thank everyone for their support, it obviously means a lot to me,” Aliu reportedly said via Scianitti’s Twitter on Tuesday. “It’s been a rough week but we had some great discussions with Gary (Bettman) and Bill (Daly). They couldn’t have been kinder and (more) receptive to the message we’re trying to bring. I think there is some big change coming. It’s long overdue and I’m excited to see it come to fruition.”

    The exact meeting agenda is not public information, but securing an audience with the NHL commissioner and the league’s chief legal officer to discuss this topic is a step in the right direction for the fight against verbal abuse in hockey’s biggest league.

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