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Firebirds Prepare for 2018 CHL Import Draft Thursday

Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds Hockey Club will participate in the 27th annual CHL Import Draft this Thursday, Jun. 28 at 11 a.m. ET.

Flint is expected to select one player with the sixth overall pick. The Firebirds have released German forward Max Kislinger while Russian defenseman Nikita Alexandrov will return to Flint for the 2018-19 season. Additionally, 2017 Winnipeg Jets first round pick Kristian Vesalainen remains on the Firebirds’ protected list.

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL), known as the premiere player development league for the NHL, is one of three major junior ice hockey leagues based in Canada and the United States that constitute the Canadian Hockey League (CHL).

Flint Firebirds 2017 CHL Import Draft Pick Nikita Alexandrov in Guelph on March 2nd, 2018
Flint Firebirds’ 2017 CHL Import Draft Pick Nikita Alexandrov.

Through the CHL Import Draft, every team in the CHL has the option to protect up to two players from outside North America to add to its roster. Picks are chosen in reverse order of the team’s standings in the CHL. The import draft is seen as a way to raise the level of competition in the CHL, as well as to broaden its fan base while retaining high North American content.

For the first time since 2013, goaltenders will be eligible for selection in the CHL Import Draft in addition to forwards and defensemen.

Last season a total of 72 players were selected from 11 different countries led by 19 players from Russia and consisting of 50 forwards and 22 defensemen.

Stay tuned to FlintFirebirds.com for live coverage of the 2018 CHL Import Draft Thursday.

The Firebirds’ training camp will take place Monday, Aug. 27 through Wednesday, Aug. 29. The camp will be held at the Firebirds’ official practice facility, Iceland Arenas, and is open to the public with free admission for all on-ice sessions.

Season ticket packages for the Flint Firebirds 2018-19 season are on sale now and can be purchased at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office, Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET). Season ticket holders receive FREE parking this season. For more information, contact the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office at (810) 744-0580 or email mary@dorteventcenter.com.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Dominic Hennig
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
dominic@flintfirebirds.com
(810) 519-9347

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