Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today that defenseman Tristan Bertucci has committed to an Ontario Hockey League standard player agreement with the club.
“We are very excited and happy that Tristan Bertucci has committed to the Firebird hockey club,” President of Hockey Operation Terry Christensen said. “He has great potential to become an elite defenseman in the OHL and we can’t wait to get him here for Training Camp.”
Bertucci, the Firebirds first-round pick (7th overall) in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, has spent his last two seasons with the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL).
“It’s a great feeling,” Bertucci said. “They just hired a great coaching staff with tremendous experience and I’m thrilled to be joining the Firebird organization.”
During the 2019-20 season, Bertucci put up 23 points (2 G, 21 A) and 87 PIMs in 34 games played at the U15 level. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound, left-handed defenseman saw his U16 season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Getting drafted has only made me work harder,” said Bertucci. “I’m still continuing to work out and train on the ice while concentrating on my strength and conditioning off it. I can’t wait to get started.”
#OHLDraft Prospect Profile: Equipped with a complete two-way game, good hockey IQ and impressive composure with the puck, 6-foot-2 Toronto Marlboros defenseman Tristan Bertucci is set up for a smooth transition to the OHL.
The King, ON native plans to wear number-12 with the Firebirds.
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
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