Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds Hockey Club announced today that Hunter Holmes, the twenty-second overall selection in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, has committed to an Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement.
“We are very pleased that Hunter and his family have committed to our program and the community of Flint & Genesee County to continue his development for the next four years,” said Firebirds General Manager George Burnett. “Hunter brings an effective two-way game. He is a strong skater, with an excellent skill set. He is a key addition to our foundation and I expect him to have an immediate impact in the fall.”
Holmes, a native of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., scored 22 goals in 34 games last season with the Niagara North Stars Minor Midget AAA hockey team. Holmes also tallied nine points, including six goals, in four OHL Cup games with the Niagara North Stars.
“It is extremely exciting and humbling to be given this opportunity with the Firebirds organization,” said Holmes. “Having an opportunity to tour the city, the school and the facility during orientation camp made this the right decision for me and my family. We have a very bright future here in Flint.”
The 2016 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection was held Saturday, April 9th. The OHL conducts the annual Priority Selection process by way of the Internet to allow eligible players and their families, as well as fans across the league to follow the draft in real time online. The annual Priority Selection featured 301 picks over 15 rounds.