Firebirds’ Coach Oulahen Captures Hlinka Gretzky Cup Gold with Canada

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Edmonton, Alta. – Flint Firebirds’ Head Coach Ryan Oulahen is a gold medal champion. Oulahen was named an assistant coach of Team Canada for the prestigious Hlinka Gretzky Cup held Aug. 6 – Aug. 11, 2018 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Canada posted a 6-2 victory over Team Sweden in the Gold Medal match in an internationally televised game Saturday night.

The Hlinka Gretzky Cup features the best under-18 players from around the globe in a premier best-on-best international hockey tournament. At the 2018 NHL Draft in June, 19 of the 31 first-round selections played in last year’s tournament. In the 28-year history of the event (formerly known as the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup), Canada has now won 22 gold medals. Firebirds’ forward Ty Dellandrea helped Canada capture gold last year in Breclav, Czech Republic.

Canada scored six unanswered goals Saturday after trailing 2-0 to start the game. They outshot Sweden 40-19 in a 6-2 final to repeat as Hlinka Gretzky Cup gold medalists.

The Canadian’s posted a perfect 5-0 record, notching victories over Switzerland, Slovakia, United States and Sweden twice.

Ryan Oulahen Canada Gold MedalThe Hlinka Gretzky Cup was Oulahen’s fourth stint behind the bench with Hockey Canada. He was an assistant coach for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2014 and 2015 before being named a head coach in November 2017.

Oulahen will return to Flint for his third season as the Firebirds’ bench-boss. The Firebirds’ training camp will take place Monday, Aug. 27 through Wednesday, Aug. 29. The camp will be held at the Firebirds’ official practice facility, Iceland Arenas, and is open to the public with free admission for all on-ice sessions. Stay tuned to for more information.

Season ticket packages for the Flint Firebirds 2018-19 season are on sale now and can be purchased at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office, Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET). Season ticket holders receive FREE parking this season. For more information, contact the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office at (810) 744-0580 or email

Photo Credit: Andy Devlin / Hockey Canada Images


For media inquiries, contact:

Dominic Hennig
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
(810) 519-9347

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