Thunder Bay, Ont. – Flint Firebirds’ prospects James Gray and Ryan Mansfield are 2019 TELUS Cup National Midget AAA champions.
Both Gray and Mansfield recorded impressive tournaments helping the Toronto Young Nationals capture the National Championship Sunday night.
Gray, who was selected by the Firebirds second-overall in the 2019 Under-18 OHL Priority Selection on Apr. 10, 2019, made 49 saves on 50 shots in the Gold Medal game and was named the ‘Player of the Game’ after assisting his club to a 2-1 double overtime victory over Cantonniers de Magog (Quebec). Gray finished the tournament with a 3-1-0 record in four games and recorded an impressive 1.69 goals against average (GAA) and a .947 save percentage (SAV%).
Mansfield, who was selected by the Firebirds in the fifth-round of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection on Apr. 7, 2018, recorded five points (2G, 3A) in seven games during the tournament.
Sunday’s gold-medal game was televised nationally across Canada on TSN (English) and RDS (French).
Fans can meet James and Ryan at the Firebirds’ annual orientation camp May 17-19 at Iceland Arenas on Elms Rd. in Clayton Township. Firebirds’ newly drafted prospects from the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, prospects from previous OHL Priority Selections, as well as free agent invites and current Firebirds will be in attendance. Fans are invited to attend the annual Firebirds’ Blue vs. White scrimmage Saturday, May 18 at Flint Iceland Arenas. This event is free and open to the public.
For all the latest information on the Flint Firebirds, including videos features, orientation camp details and community appearances throughout the summer, stay tuned to www.FlintFirebirds.com.
The TELUS Cup is Canada’s national midget ice hockey club championship. Since 1974, the best minor hockey teams in the country have gathered to compete for Canada’s National Midget Championship. Five regional champions join the host team in a week-long marathon to crown the very best in Canada. The TELUS Cup has been a starting point for hundreds of NHL careers. Alumni of Canada’s National Midget Championship include a number of NHLers including 53 first-round draft picks, three No. 1 selections (Gord Kluzak, Wendel Clark and Sidney Crosby) and eight future Hockey Hall of Fame inductees (Glenn Anderson, Ron Francis, Mike Gartner, Al MacInnis, Larry Murphy, Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman).
TORONTO YOUNG NATIONALS (OHL PROSPECTS):
James Gray (Flint Firebirds, 1st round [2nd ov.] in 2019 OHL U18 Priority Selection)
Liam Del Mastro (Kingston Frontenacs, 12th round [231st ov.] in 2017 OHL Priority Selection)
Ethan Eliopulos (Guelph Storm, 13th round [242nd ov.] in 2017 OHL Priority Selection)
Owen Forester (London Knights, 9th round [182nd ov.] in 2019 OHL Priority Selection)
Elias Cohen (Erie Otters, 6th round [120th ov.] in 2018 OHL Priority Selection)
Josh Currie (North Bay Battalion, 6th round [109th ov.] in 2018 OHL Priority Selection)
Ryan Mansfield (Flint Firebirds, 5th round [82nd ov.] in 2018 OHL Priority Selection)
Daniel Torrealba (London Knights, 11th round [217th ov.] in 2017 OHL Priority Selection)
Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images