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Firebirds Announce the Promotion of Mike Oliverio to Head Scout

Flint, Mich – The Flint Firebirds today announced that Mike Oliverio will serve as the team’s new Head Scout.

“We’re very excited to have elevated Mike Oliverio to head scout,” said President of Hockey Operations Terry Christensen. “He brings decades of OHL experience to the position as a player, coach and scout. He understands what it’s going to take to bring a championship-level pedigree to the Firebirds.”

Oliverio has served as a scout for the Firebirds since their inaugural 2015-16 season. His history with the franchise doesn’t stop there as he was a scout for the Plymouth Whalers for 14 seasons from 1997-2011.

“Thanks go out to Rolf (Nilsen) and Terry (Christensen) for this new opportunity,” Oliverio said. “I’ve been with the Whaler/Firebird organization for a long time, both have been first-class organizations and I’m excited for the new challenge as we move along.”

Oliverio’s OHL career started with the Soo Greyhounds from 1983-88. He produced 390 points (153 G, 237 A), good for second all-time in team history, and served as the Greyhounds captain his final two seasons. He returned to the Soo as both an assistant and developmental coach from 2011-15 before returning to the Firebirds.

“This last year was a tough situation and we pulled together,” Oliverio said. “I give credit to the staff. It’s not just one voice here, we’re team-oriented and we’ve had success as a whole staff that I want to keep building on.”

Oliverio, 54, is a native of Sault Ste. Marie and was a 1985 NHL Draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques. 

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 19 NHL signed or drafted players. More than 250 scouts representing all 31 NHL clubs attended a Firebirds

For media inquiries, contact:

Jack Sznewajs
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
jack@flintfirebirds.com
(810) 744-0580 ext. 223

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