Six Firebirds' Prospects Listed on OHL Gold Cup Rosters - WNEM TV 5

Six Firebirds' Prospects Listed on OHL Gold Cup Rosters

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KITCHENER, ON – 130 players selected in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection have been named to 2018 OHL Gold Cup rosters where they’ll represent their respective minor hockey associations starting Thursday May 3rd in Kitchener, Ont.

Six Firebirds' prospects that were drafted by Flint in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection on Apr. 7 are scheduled to compete in the OHL Gold Cup: Michael Bianconi, Evan Boucher, Jack Harper, Ryan Mansfield, Owen Power and Evan Vierling. As part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence, the OHL Cup is only open to under-16 players with Canadian citizenship resulting in recently drafted Jacob Badal, Brandon Chabrier, Chase Clark and Austin Robinson not being eligible to play. Current Firebirds who competed at the OHL Gold Cup last year are Luke Cavallin, Kyle Harris and Ethan Keppen.

"We wish to extend congratulations to our prospects and families for being selected to participate in the OHL Gold Cup," said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch. "It is a tribute to their hard work, dedication, and talent. It will be an outstanding experience and we wish them the best of luck in the competition."

The OHL Gold Cup is an annual showcase event featuring top under-16 talent in Ontario. As part of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, select players from the OHL Gold Cup will be invited to attend the National Under-17 Selection Camp, where they will have a chance to compete with other top talent from across Canada, to earn a spot at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.



HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018 OHL GOLD CUP ROSTERS INCLUDE:
• All eligible players from the first round of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection have been named to OHL Gold Cup rosters (19 of the 20).
• 130 of the 160 OHL Gold Cup players were picked in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.
• Top minor hockey teams represented on rosters: Thunder Bay Kings (11), Sudbury Wolves (9), Toronto Marlboros (9), North Bay Trappers (8), Oakville Rangers (8), Mississauga Reps (7), Vaughan Kings (7), Rockland Nationals (6).
• From the 2017 event, 22 OHL Gold Cup alumni were selected to play for Hockey Canada at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

 

The eight competing teams include ALLIANCEGTHL BlueGTHL RedHEOHNONOHAOMHA Black and OMHA White.

For more information including full rosters and schedule please visit ohlgoldcup.com.


About the OHL Gold Cup
The OHL Gold Cup is an annual showcase event featuring top under-16 talent in Ontario. As part of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, select players from the OHL Gold Cup will be invited to attend the National Under-17 Selection Camp, where they will have a chance to compete with other top talent from across Canada, to earn a spot at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

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