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Flint Firebirds owner to re-hire coaches, says firing them was an ‘irresponsible mistake’

Posted at 4:05 AM, Nov 10, 2015

FLINT, Mich. — In an update to all the drama that unfolded over the weekend for the Flint Firebirds hockey team, the owner has released a statement saying the process of fixing the situation has already started.

If you are unfamiliar with the situation, the owner of the team, Rolf Nilsen, fired the coaching staff over the weekend.  The move was reportedly due to his son — who plays for the Firebirds — not receiving enough time on the ice.

After a thrilling, come-from-behind victory on Sunday, the 24 players on the team learned what happened.  As a result, they turned in their jerseys and quit, in a move of solidarity to support the fired coaches.

In a statement released on the Flint Firebirds Facebook page (which had been temporarily disabled on Monday, much to the outrage of fans and commenters), the owner said his decision to fire the coaches was “an irresponsible mistake” and that steps are being taken to reinstate them, and resolve the situation with the team:

Statement from Flint Firebirds

Statement from Flint Firebirds