Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today that forward Ty Petrou (pronounced petch-roo) has committed to an Ontario Hockey League Standard Player Agreement and education package with the Firebirds.
“We are proud to announce Ty and his family have committed to the Flint Firebirds,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Barclay Branch. “Ty is a player that embodies character, work ethic and skill and will be a key addition to our group moving forward.”
Petrou was the Firebirds’ third pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, chosen in the fourth-round (72nd overall). A native of Pickering, Ont., he recorded 34 points (14G, 20A) in 35 games this past season with the Ajax/Pickering Raiders in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association-Eastern Triple-A League (OMHA-ETA). Continuously recognized as a leader, Petrou was voted as an assistant captain for the past three consecutive years with the Raiders and has either been a captain or an assistant captain for seven of the eight years he played AAA hockey.
“There is no better feeling than being able to sign an OHL contract, especially with such a first-class organization like Flint,” said Petrou. “Ever since being selected in April, the Firebirds organization has been so amazing and welcoming. I’d like to thank everyone that helped me get to this point, especially my parents for all their support. I cannot wait to get to Flint and meet the team, staff and fans.”
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound skater led Ajax/Pickering in points and played a key role in helping the Raiders capture both the OMHA West Division regular season title and the Vaughan Kings Classic during the 2018-19 campaign. In 2014, Petrou was a member of the Toronto Pro Hockey selects team that won the prestigious Brick Invitational Tournament in Edmonton, Alta.
Petrou will wear number 90 for the Firebirds.
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 18 NHL signed or drafted players. More than 250 scouts representing all 31 NHL clubs attended a Firebirds game in Flint throughout the 2019-20 season. The Firebirds average nearly 3,000 fans per game at the newly renovated Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, reaching over 100,000 fans each OHL season.
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