Sunday night, after the Flint Firebirds came back from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in the shootout against the defending Memorial Cup Champions, news started to come out about the teams coaches being fired and the players walking out.
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
Another source: "such a show of solidarity when the boys bonded together and walked out. Even his (owner's) son quit." #Flint— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) November 9, 2015
There is speculation that this has to do do with the amount of playing time the owner's son, Håkon Nilsen, has been receiving.
When reached for comment, Director of Communications for the Flint Firebirds, Dominic Hennig stated "I have never met a coach who motivates his team and and has their best interest like Coach Gruden does. It is an honor to work with that coaching staff and the group of guys in that locker room."
It now looks like there will be a team meeting today at 8 A.M.. We will keep you posted as this story unfolds.