Flint, Mich. – The New York Rangers announced today the signing of Firebirds’ forward Brennan Othmann to a three-year entry-level deal.
New York Rangers Story: Rangers Agree to Terms With Forward Brennan Othmann
“We’re extremely happy for Brennan and his family,” President of Hockey Operations Terry Christensen said. “It’s every player’s dream that plays in the OHL to someday have an opportunity to sign an NHL contract. To be drafted in the first round and then to come to terms with that dream is very special. We’re very excited for him.”
Othmann, 18, was drafted in the first round (16th overall) in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft by New York, becoming the second Firebird drafted in the first round. He burst onto the scene in his rook year with the Firebirds during the 2019-20 season, producing 33 points (17 G, 16 A) in just 55 games played, setting the franchise rookie record in both goals and points.
“It’s unbelievable signing your first-ever NHL contract,” Othmann said. “This is all just a really great feeling for my familyand friends.”
Othmann spent the 2020-21 season playing pro hockey in Switzerland for ECH Olten due to the OHL season being cancelled . He produced 16 points (7 G, 9 A) in 34 GP.
Since the Flint Firebirds’ inception five seasons ago in 2015, the club has already had 21 drafted or NHL signed players on its roster consisting of Will Bitten (Montreal), Dennis Busby (Arizona), Nick Caamano (Dallas), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto), Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins), Ethan Keppen (Vancouver), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida), Dmitry Kuzmin (Winipeg), Nick Mattinen (Toronto), Brent Moran (Dallas), Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Brennan Othmann (NY Rangers), Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Dallas), Alex Peters (Dallas), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit), Kole Sherwood (Columbus), Jalen Smereck (Arizona), Tyler Tucker (St. Louis) and Josh Wesley (Carolina).
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.
For media inquiries, contact:
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
(810) 519-9347 ext. 223