Flint, Mich. – The Dallas Stars announced today the signing of Firebirds’ forward Evgeniy Oksentyuk to a three-year entry-level deal.
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“Congratulations to Evgeniy on behalf of all of us here in Flint,” said Firebirds President of Hockey Operations Terry Christensen. “We’re extremely happy for him. Players come to the OHL with the dream of playing in the NHL and we’re excited that another player from our organization gets to make that dream happen.”
Oksentyuk, 20, was drafted in the sixth round (162nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft by Dallas. He burst onto the scene with the Firebirds during the 2019-20 season, after being selected fifth overall by Flint in the CHL Import Draft, producing 78 points (33 G, 45 A) in just 58 games played.
Oksentyuk now joins Ty Dellandrea and Nicholas Caamano as former Firebirds signed by the Dallas Stars. The native of Brest, Belarus spent the 2020-21 season playing for Yunost Minsk of the Belarusian Extraleague. He put up 6 points (3 G, 3 A) in 31 games.
Since the Flint Firebirds’ inception five seasons ago in 2015, the club has already had 19 drafted or NHL signed players on its roster consisting of Will Bitten (Montreal), Dennis Busby (Arizona), Nick Caamano (Dallas), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto), Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins), Ethan Keppen (Vancouver), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida), Nick Mattinen (Toronto), Brent Moran (Dallas), Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Dallas), Alex Peters (Dallas), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit), Kole Sherwood (Columbus), Jalen Smereck (Arizona), Tyler Tucker (St. Louis) and Josh Wesley (Carolina).
About The Flint Firebirds:
The Flint Firebirds are a proud member of the prestigious 20-team Ontario Hockey League. The OHL is one of three leagues that constitute the 60-team Canadian Hockey League (CHL), which is known as the world’s premiere player development league for the NHL. On NHL opening day rosters in October, 70% of NHL players were CHL alums. Since the Firebirds’ inception in Flint, Michigan four seasons ago, the team has produced 17 NHL signed or drafted players. More than 250 scouts representing all 31 NHL clubs attended a Firebirds game in Flint throughout the 2018-19 season. The Firebirds average nearly 3,000 fans per game at the newly renovated Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, reaching over 100,000 fans each OHL season.
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