Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today the hiring of Dashawn Tolbert as the team’s new head Athletic Trainer.
“On behalf of the Flint Firebirds hockey club, we would like to welcome Dashawn Tolbert to the Firebird hockey family,” President of Hockey Operations Terry Christensen said. “As a former college athlete, he has a great understanding of the type of work we’re looking for here. We feel fortunate to have been able to hire him.”
Tolbert has spent numerous years working in the Flint area, including as an athletic trainer for the Flint City Bucks and for Flint Powers High School.
“The years of experience I have had in the high school setting, while also gaining experience with the (Flint City) Bucks, and working with high-level athletes through the years has prepared me for this position,” Tolbert said. “I didn’t expect to get it, but the opportunity came to me and I was ready to accept.”
Tolbert attended Saginaw Valley State (SVSU) where he was a part of their track & field team. He gained clinical experience with SVSU working with their tennis, football, volleyball and soccer teams. After graduation, Tolbert worked at ATI Physical Therapy in Pontiac, Mich. as a rehab technician before becoming an athletic trainer at Oxford High School.
“I’m excited for it and ready to take on the challenge,” Tolbert said. “Terry (Christensen) has been great and the process has been great. Everyone here has been very helpful in helping me learn the ropes.”
Tolbert graduated from SVSU in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. He currently resides in Grand Blanc, Mich.
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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