The Halifax Atlantics are finishing up their second season in the CHL, having relocated from Maine last year. Halifax is infamous for its snowy and chilly winters; while the locals consider it a point of pride to deal with the weather, it can be tough for visitors to deal with. One such visitor is Atlantics C Dwight Flynn. In 2020, Flynn had a breakout season and the Atlantics claimed a surprise playoff berth. Flynn hoped the performance might earn him another SHL shot. Alas, it didn’t happen, and things have gone sideways this season. Flynn’s numbers have drooped and the Atlantics have tumbled down the standings. The reversal of fortune seems to have soured Flynn’s move. In a postgame interview, the center made it clear that he wants out of Halifax.
Flynn spoke to reporters after a 4-1 loss to the Indianapolis Redline, a game in which the Atlantics collapsed late in the third period, surrendering three goals in a five-minute span. He was visibly displeased as the questioning began, his shoulders sagged and his expression fixed in a scowl. When a reporter asked him how things had changed for the Atlantics since last season, the center went off.
“Everything just sucks this season,” said Flynn. “I’m sucking, almost all of us are worse than last year. The whole season has sucked. It’s been a drain, a total grind, and I’m ready to be done.”
When asked why this season has been so tough, Flynn said, “Honestly, I think the weather has a lot to do with it. Halifax has to be the most depressing place in the world in the winter. I can’t remember the last time the sun came out. It’s just gray, gray all the time. It snows, then it sleets, then it warms up just enough that the snows turns to gray piles of slush or turns to a big sheet of ice. I want to take my skates with me when I walk around downtown, because otherwise I’ll fall flat on my [behind]. Then it snows again.
“Then spring comes, but it’s still cold and gray. It just rains and rains. It’s even more miserable than winter, I think. And just when it starts to be kind of nice, then the season ends and they send us home. Then we come back and it’s winter again. It’s Groundhog Day without the happy ending.”
Flynn went on to blast Halifax’s cultural scene. “There’s nothing to do, unless you’re a fish,” Flynn said. “No good clubs, no good restaurants. You can sit around and watch the mold grow. That’s basically it.”
He concluded by saying, “Bottom line, I’m done with this place. I’ve got another year left on my contract, but if they don’t move this team to civilization, I might just retire. I can’t take another year in this hellhole. Just get me out of here.”
Needless to say, Flynn’s remarks went over poorly with the fans in Halifax. They booed when Flynn’s name was announced before the next Atlantics home game, and again whenever he touched the puck.
Atlantics coach Mel Lonigan defended his player. “Dwight’s just frustrated,” said Lonigan. “He’s a real competitor, and I know it’s been eating at him the way this season has gone. So he got frustrated and he ran his mouth, just blowing off steam. The fans should lay off him; he’s the kind of guy you want out there.”
Asked if he had any thoughts about the substance of Flynn’s remarks, Lonigan paused and said with a smile, “Well, it does rain a lot here.”