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Six Firebirds’ Prospects Listed on OHL Gold Cup Rosters

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.

NEW FORMAT ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 EVENT:
The 160 players named to rosters for the OHL Gold Cup will have greater development opportunities and more training directly from Hockey Canada, thanks to a new format being introduced for the 2018 event. This is being done to create greater symmetry between the OHL Gold Cup and the National Under-17 Selection Camp, which is the next step for these players in the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence.

“After five successful events under the old format, we are pleased to have developed a new structure which better serves the development of the players,” says Phillip McKee, OHL Gold Cup Steering Committee. “Working under the guidance of Hockey Canada staff, we believe this new format will help prepare Ontario players for the rigours of a national selection camp.”

New features of the OHL Gold Cup in 2018 include: three off-ice education sessions, dedicated position-specific practices, and a full-team game-day skate. Additionally, the format of the tournament itself has been updated to feature three pool games and one crossover game on the final day. The OHL Gold Cup champion will be the winner of the A1 versus B1 crossover game.

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.


OHL Prospects on 2018 OHL Gold Cup Rosters:

Barrie Colts (8):
Ryan Beck (HNO)**
Austin D’Orazio (GTHL Blue)
Tyson Foerster (OMHA Black)
Aidan Hughes (GTHL Red)
Reid Oliver (ALLIANCE)
Riley Piercey (GTHL Red)*
Eric Russell (GTHL Red)
Rocco Testa-Basi (HEO)

Erie Otters (5):
Ryan Alexander (GTHL Red)
Jamie Drysdale (GTHL Red)*
Logan Maunder (OMHA White)
Justin Mauro (NOHA)
Ethan Ritchie (OMHA White)

Flint Firebirds (6):
Michael Bianconi (GTHL Blue)
Evan Boucher (HEO)
Jack Harper (OMHA White)
Ryan Mansfield (OMHA White)
Owen Power (GTHL Blue)
Evan Vierling (OMHA Black)*

Guelph Storm (7):
Owen Bennett (OMHA Black)
Ty Collins (OMHA Black)
Ben McFarlane (ALLIANCE)
Luka Profaca (GTHL Red)
Spencer Smith (OMHA Black)
Zack Terry (OMHA Black)
Cooper Walker (ALLIANCE)

Hamilton Bulldogs (5):
Marco Costantini (GTHL Blue)
George Diaco (ALLIANCE)
Logan Morrison (OMHA White)*
Michael Renwick (GTHL Red)
Davis Young (GTHL Blue)

Kingston Frontenacs (6):
Liam Babcock (GTHL Blue)
Alex Caulfield (HEO)
Thomas Haynes (GTHL Blue)
Jake Murray (OMHA Black)*
Mathias Onuska (ALLIANCE)
Bryce Ryan (ALLIANCE)

Kitchener Rangers (6):
Isaac Langdon (OMHA White)
Dalton McBride (OMHA White)
Donovan Sebrango (HEO)
Joseph Serpa (ALLIANCE)
Reid Valade (GTHL Blue)*
Dylan Winsor (HNO)

London Knights (7):
Dario Beljo (NOHA)
Luke Evangelista (OMHA White)*
Vincent Labelle (HEO)
Brendan Mairs (ALLIANCE)
Sean McGurn (HEO)
Sahil Panwar (HNO)**
Ben Roger (OMHA White)

Mississauga Steelheads (7):
Rylan Bowers (ALLIANCE)
Mason Carter (HEO)
James Hardie (OMHA Black)*
Devlin O’Brien (GTHL Blue)
William Portokalis (GTHL Red)
Joe Ranger (HEO)
Michael Stubbs (HNO)

Niagara IceDogs (7):
A.J. Favot (NOHA)
Stephen Halliday (GTHL Blue)
Lleyton Moore (GTHL Blue)*
Ethan Sims (OMHA White)
Cameron Snow (OMHA White)
Jake Uberti (GTHL Blue)
Jacob Vreugdenhil (OMHA Black)

North Bay Battalion (8):
David Campbell (NOHA)
Kyle Jackson (GTHL Blue)
Jesse Kirkby (NOHA)
Cameron Peters (GTHL Red)
Reece Proulx (NOHA)
Pacey Schlueting (NOHA)*
Jack Stockfish (NOHA)
Joe Vrbetic (GTHL Red)

Oshawa Generals (7):
Hunter Brazier (NOHA)
Ryan Gagnier (ALLIANCE)
David Gucciardi (GTHL Blue)
Dawson McKinney (OMHA White)
Dylan Robinson (GTHL Blue)
Matthew Sbrocca (ALLIANCE)
Tyler Tullio (GTHL Blue)*

Ottawa 67’s (10):
Colby Ambrosio (HNO)**
Alec Belanger (OMHA Black)
Liam Cavan (HEO)
Anthony Costantini (GTHL Red)
Will Cranley (OMHA Black)
Yanic Crete (HEO)
Owen Luik (OMHA Black)
Matthew Maggio (ALLIANCE)
Dylan Peterson (HEO)
Cameron Tolnai (OMHA White)*

Owen Sound Attack (5):
Josh Barnes (HEO)
Marco Latassa (OMHA White)
Nolan Seed (HEO)*
Nathan Small (ALLIANCE)
Brody Waters (OMHA Black)

Peterborough Petes (9):
Tye Austin (HEO)
Jack Bar (OMHA Black)
Cameron Butler (OMHA Black)
Will Cuylle (GTHL Blue)*
Jackson Kirk (OMHA White)
Matthew Perciballi (GTHL Red)
Luc Reeve (OMHA Black)
Sheldon Serraglio (ALLIANCE)
Shawn Spearing (GTHL Red)

Saginaw Spirit (4):
Sebastian Bulovs (GTHL Blue)
Ethan Cardwell (OMHA Black)
Tristan Lennox (GTHL Blue)
Cole Perfetti (GTHL Red)*

Sarnia Sting (4):
Nolan Burke (OMHA White)
Nolan Dillingham-Morelli (GTHL Red)
Theo Hill (ALLIANCE)
Jacob Perreault (HNO)**

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (5):
Matthew Halushak (HNO)
Rory Kerins (GTHL Red)
Ryan O’Rourke (GTHL Red)*
Tyson Tomasini (HEO)
Kalvyn Watson (OMHA White)

Sudbury Wolves (9):
Kyle Aucoin (HNO)**
Giordano Biondi (NOHA)
Blake Butler (ALLIANCE)
Quinton Byfield (OMHA Black)*
Simon Labelle (HEO)
Nathan Ribau (OMHA White)
Ryan Smith (OMHA Black)
Jack Thompson (OMHA White)
Michael Tiveron (OMHA White)

Windsor Spitfires (5):
Jean-Luc Foudy (GTHL Red)*
McKay Hayes (GTHL Red)
Kyle McDonald (HEO)
Dylan Robinson (ALLIANCE)
Owen Shier (OMHA Black)

*first round pick
**played for American minor midget teams in 2017-18

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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