Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today the hiring of Kris Sparre as the club’s associate coach.
“We are excited to have Kris as part of our staff,” said President of Hockey Operations Terry Christensen. “He brings a lot of great experience to our hockey club. He has a prior relationship with Ted (Dent), so we’re certain the chemistry on the coaching staff will be there.”
Sparre spent the last two season’s as an assistant coach for EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria’s top professional hockey league. Before that, he was an assistant coach for the Niagara IceDogs from 2016-18, where he was on staff with Firebirds head coach Ted Dent.
“I’m excited to get started with the staff and I want to thank Rolf (Nilsen) and Terry (Christensen) for their professionalism throughout the process,” Sparre said. “I’m ready to keep an already great winning culture going in Flint.”
The native of Burlington, ON played 150 Ontario Hockey League games (52 G, 40 A) between the Barrie Colts and Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors from 2005-08. From there, he played 257 games in the DEL, Germany’s top pro league, and produced 32 G, 43 A.
“There’s a lot of excitement around this organization right now with the new staff and facility upgrades,” Sparre said. “When you’re looking for new opportunities as a coach it’s important that where you are going, you’re given the right resources to have success. It was very clear to me that in Flint the organization cares about the staff and players and they want to win.”
Sparre is a dual-citizen of both Canada and Germany from his time in the DEL. He represented the black, red and gold during international play as well and has ample experience both in the OHL and overseas.
“Kris will help us build a solid foundation here in Flint,” said head coach Ted Dent. “He is an energetic and passionate coach that has coached, and his experience with developing players in both the OHL and Europe will be great for the program.”
Sparre, 34, plans to relocate to the Flint area this summer along with his wife, Stephanie.
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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