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Firebirds President Terry Christensen expelled from the OHL

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The Ontario Hockey League has announced that it has expelled Flint Flirebirds president Terry Christensen from the league.

Christensen had been under investigation since early this year when he allegedly made a racial comment about another player. The complaint came by on Feb. 24 by an unknown player using the OHL player communication system.

“His conduct violated the League’s expectation of the appropriate conduct of a representative of an OHL Team and he has lost his privilege to participate in the League,” OHL Commissioner David Branch said in a statement.

There had been talks about his sentence being only a suspension. TSN reporter Rick Westhead broke the story a week before that the league was wrapping up their investigation and that Christensen would be suspended. However, with today’s announcement the decision has changed in the past week to an expulsion.

In a statement from the Firebirds, they had said that they cooperated with the league during the investigation and that they would support their players and staff during this time.

Christensen has been around with the Firebirds on and off since 2015. He has held other positions on the team such as general manager and VP of hockey operations.

This isn’t the only investigation that the OHL is looking into. There has been an independent investigation for senior staff of the Niagara IceDogs allegedly making offensive statements in a group call. The OHL has yet to make a statement of the separate incident.

This marks one of the biggest punishments for racism in the sport of hockey. Although this year there has been a surge of punishments and actions done against players of colour. Similarly, Jacob Panetta of the Jacksonville Icemen had been suspended from the ECHL for a racist gesture. Although, no player has been expelled from any league around the world like Christensen.

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