Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today that the club has completed a trade with the Oshawa Generals.
In the trade, Flint receives Generals’ defenseman Jalen Smereck for Oshawa’s fourth-round pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, Mississauga’s second-round selection in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection and Flint’s fourth-round selection in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.
“Jalen is a Michigan native and excited to be a Flint Firebird,” said Firebirds General Manager George Burnett. “He had a great relationship with current Firebirds’ Associate Coach Eric Wellwood in Oshawa last year and will be expected to be a key member of our blue line group contributing in all situations. Last season, Jalen’s game made significant improvements which earned him the opportunity and responsibility of playing against the opposition’s best players regularly.”
Smereck, 19, and a six-foot, 185-pound defenseman from Detroit, Mich., had an impressive campaign with the Generals last season, recording 25 points (5G, 20A) in 63 games. He also earned a point-per-game in the 2016 OHL Playoffs, totaling five points in five games.
“Jalen is a highly skilled, competitive defenseman that can play top pairing minutes in this league,” said associate coach Eric Wellwood. “Having had the chance to coach him last season, he was noticeably our best defenseman on the ice many nights.”
Prior to skating with the Generals, Smereck played his youth hockey in Detroit with both the Little Caesars and Oakland Jr. Grizzlies AAA Hockey Club’s.
“One of the biggest positives of me coming to Flint is the relationship that I built with Coach Wellwood last season,” said Smereck. “He taught me a lot last year and it’s great to have the chance to work with him again and become a Flint Firebird. Just walking past the locker room as a visitor last season, it looked like a nice facility and a nice arena and it’s an incredible place to play in.”
The Firebirds begin their training camp on August 29th at the Flint Iceland Arenas. Training camp is open to the public with free admission for all on-ice sessions. Stay tuned to www.FlintFirebirds.com for more information on the Firebirds’ 2016 full schedule and training camp information.
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