The Flint Firebirds had their inaugural season last year in the OHL after the Plymouth Whalers relocated to central Michigan. The lineage of the club goes back to the expansion Detroit Ambassadors in 1990. The OHL’s first US club was named after the Ambassador Bridge which connects Detroit to Windsor. After two seasons, they became associated with the NHL club and were renamed the Detroit Jr. Red Wings. The relationship soured after Junior owner Peter Karmanos failed in his attempt to buy the NHL club. He’d later buy the NHL Hartford Whalers and rename the Junior club the Detroit Whalers in 1995. After bouncing from rink to rink in Detroit (The NHL club gave them the boot from Joe Louis Arena), they’d eventually find a home in Plymouth MI in 1997, and the club was renamed the Plymouth Whalers. Pictured is a puck from the Ambassadors along with the inaugural puck from Flint.