OHL removes Flint Firebirds president from league due to inappropriate conduct

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The president of the Flint Firebirds has been expelled from the OHL. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The president of the Flint Firebirds has been expelled from the OHL. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Ontario Hockey League announced Thursday that it is expelling Flint Firebirds president Terry Christensen for “conduct that is prejudicial to the welfare of the league.”

According to a statement released by the OHL, Christensen has been found guilty of making remarks that violate the league’s Harassment & Abuse / Diversity Policy.

On March 5, TSN’s Rick Westhead reported that Christensen was suspended and under investigation for making a racial comment about a player. The investigation began after the league was notified of the incident via the OHL player communications system.

Christensen was hired for the position in May of 2021. He had previously served as the Firebirds' general manager and vice president.

The Firebirds are no strangers to controversy, going back to their tumultuous and dramatic inaugural season in 2015-16, in which team owner Rolf Nilsen was suspended for five years and fined $250,000 for violations detrimental to his team and players. Nilsen fired the coaching staff 17 games into the season for reportedly not giving his son, Hakon, enough ice time. The players then reportedly staged a walkout to protest the firings, and the coaches were promptly reinstated after the league intervened.

Commissioner David Branch’s work in cleaning up the league is not done yet, as Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek reported on Thursday that the OHL is also launching an investigation into inappropriate remarks made within the Niagara IceDogs organization.

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