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.