Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today that the club has acquired veteran defenseman and 2019 OHL Champion Owen Lalonde (pronounced Luh-Lond) from the Guelph Storm.
In the trade, Flint receives Guelph’s alternate captain Owen Lalonde, in exchange for Firebirds’ defenseman Michael Bianconi, Mississauga’s second-round pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection and Flint’s second-round pick in the 2022 OHL Priority Selection. Should Lalonde play his overage year with the Firebirds next season, Guelph will also receive two conditional picks: Hamilton’s second-round pick in the 2024 OHL Priority Selection and Flint’s fifth-round pick in the 2022 OHL Priority selection.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Owen to our hockey club. Owen is a talented veteran presence that brings with him championship experience and is a talented and high character person. Owen will play a key role with our hockey club moving forward,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch. “We would like to thank Michael for his contributions while in Flint and wish him much success in his future endeavors.”
Lalonde, a native of Windsor, Ont. finished second among all defenseman in points on Guelph’s roster last season, recording an impressive 41 points (7G, 34A) in all 68 regular season games. He was a first-round pick (2nd overall) in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection by the Sudbury Wolves.
The 6-foot-1, 186-pound defenseman than suited up on the blueline through all 24 games in the post-season, the longest season of any club in the 20-team OHL. Guelph won four consecutive best-of-seven playoff series en-route to capturing the Wayne Gretzky Trophy as the Western Conference playoff champions and the J. Ross Robertson Cup as the OHL Finals playoff champions. Lalonde also earned veteran experience with Guelph as they were the OHL representative in the prestigious CHL Memorial Cup tournament, which is the main championship trophy of the three-league Canadian Hockey League.
“It’s an exciting time right now for the Firebirds, I know a few guys in Flint and they’ve said a lot of good things are coming,” said Lalonde. “I’ve been told how well they treat the players in Flint and from everything I’ve heard, it’s a good place to play hockey. Guys enjoy being there and that’s important. I’m looking forward to having a full a season with the Firebirds this year.
Lalonde played his youth hockey with the Windsor Jr. Spitfires AAA team during the 2015-16 season and earned ‘Player of the Year’ honors in the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario (MHAO) after recording 37 points in 34 games.
Lalonde will arrive in Flint this week and will wear number 21 for the Firebirds this season.