Posts Tagged ‘Rolf Nilsen’

So long Rolf Nilsen.

The Ontario Hockey League and commissioner David Branch has announced the following sanctions against the Flint Firebirds and owner Rolf Nilsen.

  • Rolf Nilsen be suspended by the OHL from being involved directly or indirectly with hockey operations of the Flint Firebirds for five (5) years effective immediately;
  • The Flint Firebirds forfeit a first round draft pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection (third pick overall);
  • A fine be paid by Rolf Nilsen to the League in the amount of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00)

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Now that we’ve seen part two to the ongoing Flint Firebirds saga, I want to look a bit more into Rolf Nilsen’s motive behind not only hindering the career of twenty or so young men, but buying the team and putting it in Flint, Michigan in the first place.

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The situation surrounding the Flint Firebirds these last couple days has drawn international attention to the OHL. Let’s take a walk through the events.  (more…)

Following a series of meetings which took place on Monday and included commissioner David Branch, Firebirds owner Rolf Nilsen as well as staff, coaches and players resulted in brand new three year contracts for both John Gruden and Dave Karpa.
This can only be seen as a win for the players. Certainly their organization is not the most stable right now but I do not ever remember a situation where players have come together like this, stood behind their coaches, rebelled against ownership AND came out on top.
Equipment manager Matt Nareski will also be returning to the Firebirds, as will GM Terry Christensen.
As for Hakon Nilsen, a trade in the works has been speculated and brought up to me by many of my sources which I’ve used throughout this developing story.
Carolina Hurricanes prospect, Alex Nedeljkovic, who’s name has been brought up in trade speculation all season reportedly went home last night. There’s no word if he was in today’s meetings or not.