Firebirds owner issues official statement on coaches firing/reinstatement




Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, UPDATE 5:20 p.m.– FLINT — 
Flint Firebirds owner Rolf Nilsen issued the following statement around
5:15 p.m. this evening regarding the firing of the Firebirds’ coaches
last night.

“Last night, after our emotional shootout game against
the Oshawa Generals, I made a decision with regards to our coaching
staff, which was an irresponsible mistake.  This morning, we took steps to immediately reinstate the coaches. 
Today, the team’s senior leadership met with the players to apologize
and have a very frank discussion about next steps leading to a
resolution. Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch has been in Flint
this afternoon and evening meeting with all parties involved.  We are
fully cooperating with this OHL investigation and we will look to their
leadership to help us continue to grow as a team. The Flint Firebirds’ management remains committed to providing the
best hockey experience for our players, our fans and the Flint &
Genesee County community.”

3:45 posting:
Mihockeynow.com
and ABC12’s Ryan Slocum have reported on Twitter that the Flint
Firebirds coaches have been reinstated and with new three-year
contracts. This came after a 1:30 p.m. meeting with OHL Commissioner
David Branch
in Flint. The Firebirds’ Facebook page was also been deactivated at
some point early this afternoon. Calls to Firebirds Management were met
with a no comment at this time. Stay tuned for updates, as we expect a
press release on the situation.

2:45 p.m.
OHL
Commissioner David Branch met with Flint Firebirds owner Rolf Nilsen
and the
team at noon today after Firebirds ownership fired its coaches following
Sunday’s 4-3 win against the Oshawa Generals. Calls to the Firebirds
for comments, along with emails have gone unanswered. The Toronto Star
reported that Branch was headed to Flint today for the
meeting. Players reportedly showed up in suits for the meeting, but as
of right now the arena is dark, the Firebirds merchandise store is
closed up and dark and no one is available to speak to the media. Front
office employees are still on site at the ticket window.

Original posting:
The
Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League fired all its coaches
following Sunday’s 4-3 win over the Oshawa Generals. When the players
found out they marched out to the front offices and threw their jerseys
on the floor in the front office. This morning, no one with the
Firebirds Management has yet to make a comment and local media outlets
were outside the arena awaiting comment. Check back later for an update
on the team.


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