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Players on the OHL’s Flint Firebirds have walked out on the team following the firing of its coaches, according to various reports.

As first reported by OHL Insiders, after the Firebirds rallied back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Oshawa Generals on Sunday, the club let go of its coaches prompting players to “march” up to the management offices and quit.

The website asserts that the firings stemmed from the ice time that coach John Gruden allotted to Hakon Nilsen, son of club owner Rolf Nilsen. The son, 17, played his fifth game of the season Sunday night. He has zero points and is a minus-3 with two PIM. He was one of the players who walked out.
A team spokesman confirmed the players’ revolt to a CBS affiliate in Michigan late Sunday night.

According to Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek, the players and organization are in a “stalemate,” with the Firebirds’ next game scheduled for Friday versus the Sarnia Sting.

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Let me just say that as someone who has had first-hand dealings with Flint's ownership/management, the only thing that surprises about this debacle is that it took this long for something to happen.

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