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Reports: Entire Flint Firebirds hockey team quits in solidarity after coaches are fired

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Courtesy: Flint Firebirds Official Website

FLINT, Mich. — A developing story out of Flint is starting to make national headlines Monday morning.  All two dozen members of the Flint Firebirds hockey team have reportedly quit, in an apparent move of solidarity after the coaching staff was suddenly fired.

The Firebirds are a team in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).  According to multiple reports, including ESPN’s John Buccigross and ohlinsiders.com, the owner of the team fired the coaches after a come-from-behind win on Sunday.  It is not clear why, but some sources are saying it is because the owner’s son — who plays for the team — was not getting enough time on the ice.

After the firing, all 24 Firebirds players turned in their jerseys in support of the coaches.  So far, there has been no comment from the ownership.  We attempted to check the Firebirds Facebook page, but it was seemingly taken down overnight.

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4 comments

  • Jeff Strickland

    This is awesome, and one of the reasons I prefer OHL hockey to NHL hockey. The real and ultimate power is where it belongs…with the men who play the game. I support the players on this 100%, and if the owner does not rehire everyone and ship his son off to a team that is not swayed by dear old dad’s influence, I will not attend another Firebirds game ever. That is little league mentality, and the whole reason that the adult world has rules prohibiting nepotism.

    Given the childishness of this kind of behavior though, it would be very much in character for this shmuck to simply fold the team rather than be a man.

  • Common Cents

    I don’t care at all about sports, but it’s stories like this that make me feel that sometimes sports can have some value.