Firebirds’ Prospects Bianconi & Power Claim 2018 OHL Gold Cup Championship


Flint, Mich. – Six Flint Firebirds’ prospects that were selected in the 2018 OHL Draft on Apr. 7 competed in the OHL Gold Cup this past weekend, May 3-6 in Kitchener, Ont. Michael Bianconi and Owen Power played integral roles in helping Team GTHL Blue claim the 2018 OHL Gold Cup Championship.

The Six Firebirds’ prospects each played four games over the weekend. Evan Vierling, Flint’s first-round selection (2nd overall), led the Firebirds’ prospects with five points (1G, 4A) in four games. Vierling also recorded four penalty minutes, one power-play goal and one power-play assist. Flint’s third-round selection (48th overall), Bianconi, was second among Firebirds’ prospects with three points (1G, 2A) in four games. Bianconi also notched his tally while on the power-play. Evan Boucher (10th-round, 182nd overall), Ryan Mansfield (fifth-round, 82nd overall) and Owen Power (second-round, 22nd overall) each recorded two points in four games while Jack Harper (seventh-round, 122nd overall) posted one assist and two penalty minutes.

Team GTHL Blue, OMHA Black, HNO and NOHA claimed tournament-closing victories on Sunday during Day 4 of the 2018 OHL Gold Cup at the Activa Sportsplex in Kitchener, Ont.

Next up for the Firebirds, the 2018 NHL Draft takes place June 22-23 in Dallas, Tex. A record five Flint Firebirds were listed in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings report (read more).

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.


Early bird ticket packages for the Flint Firebirds 2018-19 OHL season are on sale now. $50 reserves your seat for next season! Special early bird price deadline is Monday, April 30th. Purchase at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office or the Firebirds front office, Monday thru Friday from 9AM to 5PM. For additional pricing and ticket information, contact Dominic Gutierrez at (810) 701-8536 or email


For more information:

Dominic Hennig
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
(810) 519-9347

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