OHL issues statement about Flint Firebirds’ coaching firings


By @MichaelCaples –

The Ontario Hockey League and commissioner David Branch have released a statement about the breaking news regarding the Flint Firebirds and the firings of coaches John Gruden and Dave Karpa.

The Flint head coach and assistant coach, respectively, were fired for the second time this season earlier today.

Statement from the league:

Toronto, ON – It has come to the league’s attention that the Flint Firebirds ownership has once again made significant changes to their coaching staff.  This change, the manner in which it occurred and the way it was communicated to the players and to the league is of great concern.

We have been in contact with the team captain and it is our intention to meet and communicate with all players and families in short order.  The players and their playing experience is of the utmost importance to the league and we will continue to work to ensure that they are treated with respect.

It is the league’s intention to immediately review the actions of the Flint Firebirds before we determine the next steps we will take to address this situation.


Firebirds have fired coaching staff again