UPDATE: Reports now indicate that head coach John Gruden and assistant coach Dave Karpa have been “unfired”. The twenty four players have also “unquit”.
Sunday night reports indicate that all 20+ players of the Flint Firebirds OHL team have called it quits, all because the team’s owner allegedly threw a hissy-fit!
Rolf Nilsen, the owner of the Michigan-based Ontario Hockey League team, was disappointed that his 17-year-old rookie defenceman son Hakon wasn’t getting a fair amount of ice time this season.
So Nilsen decided to fire head coach John Gruden immediately following the team’s come-from-behind win at home against the Oshawa Generals on Sunday!
This move didn’t please the rest of the team! They’ve decided to protest by keeping their sticks off the ice. Their next game is scheduled for Friday again the Sarnia Sting.
Do you think the players made the right decision? And what kind of a dad would put his son in this awkward position? Do you know hockey parents that have protested on their children’s behalf because of a lack of ice time? What is it with hockey parents?
ESPN’s John Buccigross tweeted the reports:
Just heard Flint Firebirds come from behind against defending memorial cup champions, Oshawa tonight. Down 3-1. Come back & win 4-3 in OT...— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) November 9, 2015
..Coaches fired immediately after game. Entire team, all 24 Guys storm upstairs to front office, throw jersey on ground, quit and walk out— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) November 9, 2015