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Video Preview: Firebirds Host London For 4th Annual ‘Opening Night’ Saturday

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London Knights (1-1-0-0) at Flint Firebirds (0-3-0-0)
Date | Time Saturday, Sep. 29 | 7:00 p.m.
Location Flint, Mich. | Dort Federal Event Center (Directions)
Tickets Ticketmaster.com | (810) 744-0580
Promotions – Opening Night
– Rally Towel Giveaway (Dort Federal Credit Union)
– Magnet Schedule Giveaway
TV – OHL Action Pak: Rogers ch. 457 & Cogeco ch. 488 (Ontario)
– Firebirds’ Broadcast Coverage
Video Stream OHL Live
Radio WQUS 103.1 FM (Flint & Mid-Michigan) | Pregame Show: 6:30p
Radio (Mobile) US 103 App: Android | iPhone/iPad
Live Stats Here
Media Notes Packet Here (Coming Soon)
Next Home Game Wednesday, Oct. 3: Winning Wednesday
Social Media @FlintFirebirds   | Facebook  | Instagram 

Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds will return home to the Dort Federal Event Center Saturday for the club’s ‘Opening Night.’ Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (ET) against the London Knights.

Saturday marks the first of four games between the Firebirds and Knights this season and the first of two in Flint. Last year, the Firebirds split with London posting a 1-1 record on home-ice with both games being decided by one goal. In the past two seasons, four of the last eight games between Flint and London were decided by one goal.

Last night, Flint forward Jacob Winterton scored his first-career OHL goal in a 4-1 defeat to Sarnia (Highlights) and both Cole Tymkin (1G, 1A) and Alex Regula (0G, 2A) posted two point night’s in a 5-3 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (Highlights).

There are 10 players between both Flint and London’s active rosters that have NHL ties heading into Saturday night.

The Firebirds currently hold a 3-0 record in ‘home openers’ through their first three seasons in the OHL. Flint earned a 3-2 shootout victory over the Saginaw Spirit in the inaugural season before posting a 4-0 win over the Spirit in September of 2016. The Firebirds then notched an exciting 5-4 overtime victory over the Ottawa 67’s in last season’s opener.on

Promotions:
All fans in attendance will receive an orange rally towel, compliments of Dort Federal Credit Union. Additionally, the official Flint Firebirds magnet schedule will be handed out to fans as they exit the building Saturday night. Opening night and all 34 individual game tickets tickets for the Firebirds’ 2018-19 season are on sale now and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com here. Single game tickets are $12 for bronze, $16 for silver, $20 for gold and $26 for VIP seating.

For questions, fans may call the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office at (810) 744-0580 or email mary@dorteventcenter.com.

 

Players to Watch:

Flint Firebirds (0-3-0-0, 5th West Division):
The leading returning scorers for the Firebirds are newly appointed captain Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars), Connor Roberts and assistant captain Jake Durham. Dellandrea, who was selected in the first-round 13th overall by the Dallas Stars in this past NHL Draft, recorded 59 points (27G, 32A) in 67 games with Flint last season. He was signed to a three-year NHL entry-level contract with Dallas last week.

Connor Roberts finished the 2017-18 season with 35 points (18G, 17A) in 66 games and Jake Durham tallied 30 points (8G, 22A) in 68 games.

Durham, Kyle Harris and Hakon Nilsen lead the Firebirds with two points each in three games.

In net, Emanuel Vella recorded a .940 save percentage, making 47 saves on 50 shots in Sarnia last night. Vella made 32 appearances a season ago, finishing with a 3.27 GAA and a .896 SAV%. The London Knights originally drafted Vella 47th overall (3rd round) in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. Luke Cavallin appeared in 31 games last season and posted a 4.19 goals-against average (GAA) and a .872 save percentage (SAV%). Evan Morrison is the third goaltender for Flint.

NHL: The Firebirds have three players with NHL ties consisting of Dennis Busby (Arizona Coyotes), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas Stars) and Fedor Gordeev (Toronto Maple Leafs). Additionally, five other Firebirds’ players attended NHL Camps: Hunter Holmes (Philadelphia Flyers), Riley McCourt (Dallas Stars), Hakon Nilsen (New York Islanders), Connor Roberts (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Emanuel Vella (New York Islanders).

London Knights (1-1-0-0, 4th MidWest Division):
Nathan Dunkley, Liam Foudy and Cole Tymkin (Columbus Blue Jackets) are three of London’s returning scorers. Evan Bouchard (Edmonton Oilers) and Alex Formenton (Ottawa Senators) are still with up with their respective NHL clubs. Dunkley leads all returning skaters for London, recording 57 points (21G, 36A) in 60 games last season. Foudy led the Knights with five shorthanded goals and notched 40 points (24G, 16A) in 65 games a season ago. Tymkin finished sixth on London’s roster last season with 26 points (8G, 18A) in 58 games.

The Knights will get an addition on the blue line after the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks reassigned Adam Boqvist to London Wednesday. The Sweden native was the Knight’s second-round selection in the 2017 CHL Import Draft (Read More).

London has one player with local ties to the Flint area. Dalton Duhart, son of former Flint General’s enforcer Jim Duhart, hails from Grand Blanc, Mich. The six-foot, 180-pound left-handed center was the 47th overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection by London. In his rookie season a year ago, Duhart posted three goals and two assists in 36 games for the Knights.

In net, Jordan Kooy and Joseph Raaymakers have each played one game. Kooy has a 2.00 GAA and a .923 SAV% and Raaymakers has a 5.18 GAA and a .821 SAV%.

NHL: The Knights have seven players with NHL ties on their current roster consisting of Adam Boqvist (Chicago Blackhawks), Evan Bouchard (Edmonton Oilers), Liam Foudy (Columbus Blue Jackets), Alex Formenton (Ottawa Senators), Jacob Golden (Minnesota Wild), Jordan Kooy (Vegas Golden Knights) and Alec Regula (Detroit Red Wings). Additionally, Nathan Dunkley (Los Angeles Kings), Billy Moskal (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Joseph Raaymakers (Columbus Blue Jackets) attended NHL camps this year.

29 notable London Knights alumni to play in the NHL are David Bolland, John Carlson, Dino Ciccarelli, Michael Del Zotto, Max Domi, Sam Gagner, Bo Horvat, Michael Hutchinson, Nazem Kadri, Patrick Kane, Chris Kelly, Sergi Kostitsyn, Oli Maatta, Mitch Marner, Patrick Maroon, Steve Mason, Marc Methot, Vladislav Namestnikov, Rick Nash, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Shanahan, Steve Smith, John Tavares, Chris Tierney, Jarred Tinordi, Matthew Tkachuk, Austin Watson, Dennis Wideman and Nikita Zadorov.

 

Broadcast Coverage:
Saturday evening’s contest can be heard live on the radio throughout Flint & Mid-Michigan on US 103.1 FM, online at www.us103.com or by downloading the US 103 app here. Dominic Hennig will call the play-by-play action with pre-game coverage beginning begin 30 minutes prior to puck drop at 6:30 p.m.

The game will also be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak on channel 457 for Rogers TV cable subscribers and 488 for Cogeco TV cable subscribers. OHL fans with cable television in Ontario can add the OHL Action Pak to their television plan to catch the Firebirds in action, home or away all season long. Along with Saturday’s game, 65 of the Firebirds’ 68 games throughout the 2018-19 season are also scheduled to be televised live across the province of Ontario on the OHL Action Pak.

All Flint Firebirds home and away games throughout the 2018-19 season can be watched anywhere in the world online on www.ohllive.com or on the OHL Live app. OHL Live is a league video streaming platform that delivers high quality live and on-demand coverage of all regular season and playoff games annually. The cost is $6.99 per game, $69.99 for Flint Firebirds away games only, $179.99 for all 68 home and away Firebirds games and $279.99 for all 1,360 OHL games throughout the 2018-19 season.

 

Next Home Game:
The Firebirds will return to the Dort Federal Event Center this Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for the first of eight games against the Saginaw Spirit this season in the Coors Light I-75 Divide Cup. It’s also the first of seven ‘Winning Wednesday’ games! The Firebirds offer amazing deals for all of their Wednesday home games: Featuring $2 Beers, $2 Hot Dogs, $2 Pop Corn, and…Every time the Firebirds win at home on a Wednesday, each fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the next Wednesday home game.

All 34 individual game tickets tickets for the Firebirds’ 2018-19 season are on sale now and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com here. Single game tickets are $12 for bronze, $16 for silver, $20 for gold and $26 for VIP seating.

 

For more information:

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

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