Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today the hiring of Jared Nightingale as the club’s assistant coach.
“We’re very, very excited to have Jared on board,” President of Hockey Operations Terry Christensen said. “He brings a great hockey background with him and was not only an outstanding hockey player but a great leader for the teams he played for as well.”
Nightingale, 38, comes to Flint after spending the 2019-20 season as the Saginaw Spirit’s associate coach. Before joining the OHL, he was an assistant coach for the United States National Team Development Program. His first year coaching was in 2017-18 when he was an assistant coach for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.
“I am excited and eager to join the Firebirds organization,” Nightingale said. “I am very thankful to Rolf (Nilsen) and Terry (Christensen) for this opportunity and I look forward to getting started.”
Nightingale spent 13 seasons between the AHL and ECHL playing close to 700 games professionally before joining the Lancers.
The youngest of three brothers, Nightingale comes from a hockey-rich family. His oldest brother, Jason, is the current Director of Analytics for the Buffalo Sabres, and his other brother, Adam, is the head coach for the USNTDP U-17 program.
Nightingale, a native of Frankenmuth, Michigan, is the first assistant coach to join head coach Ted Dent’s coaching staff.
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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