Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today they have acquired defenseman James Mayotte from the North Bay Battalion in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2025 OHL Priority Selection.
“We are very excited that we were able to work a trade out for James Mayotte,” President Hockey of Operations Terry Christensen said. “I have known James for the last couple of years and we believe that he will be a very good defenseman for us.”
Mayotte played in 50 games for the Battalion during the 2019-20 season, where he produced 1 G and 8 A. The native of Mallorytown, ON was a fifth-round pick (#89 overall) back in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Prior to his time in North Bay, Mayotte attended Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school where he had 20 points (8 G, 12 A) in 55 GP at the U18 AAA level during the 2018-19 season.
“It’s always good to get a fresh start,” Mayotte said. “It’s an exciting opportunity for me. I just want to go in and help the team in any way they see fit. I think my versatility on the ice can be impactful and I’ll follow the coach’s guidance from there.”
About the Ontario Hockey League:
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.
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 five seasons ago, the team has produced 21 NHL signed or drafted players. More than 250 scouts representing all 31 NHL clubs attended a Firebirds game in Flint during the 2019-20 season. The Firebirds average nearly 3,000 fans per game at the newly renovated Dort Financial Center, reaching over
100,000 fans each OHL season.
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