Video: Firebirds Select Belarus Native Evgeniy Oksentyuk in CHL Import Draft Thursday

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Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today that the club has selected forward Evgeniy Oksentyuk (pronounced Ev-Gen-E, Ahk-Sent-E-Uhk) as the fifth-overall pick in the 2019 CHL Import Draft.

Oksentyuk, a native of Brest, Belarus, led the Belarus National Team at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship with six points (3G, 3A) and 22 shots on goal in five games played en-route to being named Belarus’ top forward at the prestigious tournament. Oksentyuk also recorded 18 points (6G, 12A) in 49 games in Belarus’ top men’s professional league, Belarusian Extraleague, at the age of just 17 with HC Shakhtyor Soligorsk, an affiliate of the KHL’s HC Dynamo Minsk. Also as an underager, Oksentyuk lit-the-lamp once in five games and had a plus-1 rating as part of the Silver Medal winning Belarus National Team at the 2019 IIHF U20 World Championship Division 1A.

Evgeni Oksentyuk competing at the NHL's Montreal Canadiens development camp this week.
Evgeni Oksentyuk competing at the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens development camp this week. (Florence Labelle / Montreal Canadiens)

“Evgeniy is a highly skilled, world class forward that has a strong compete level in all areas of the game,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Barclay Branch. “We are excited to be adding Evgeniy to our growing nucleus of young talent.”

The 5-foot-7, 154-pound forward tallied an impressive 21 points (14G, 7A) in just 15 games with the Belarus’ U17 National Team and 15 points (7G, 8A) in 12 games with the Belarus’ U18 National Team during the 2017-18 season. Oksentyuk is currently skating at the Montreal Canadiens development camp.

Flint Firebirds first-round draft pick (5th overall) in the CHL Import Draft Evgeni Oksentyuk
Flint Firebirds first-round draft pick (5th overall) in the CHL Import Draft Evgeni Oksentyuk. (Florence Labelle / Montreal Canadiens)

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Season Tickets can be purchased at the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office, Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET). For more information, contact the Dort Federal Event Center Box Office at (810) 744-0580 or email

The Firebirds’ training camp will take place Monday, Aug. 26 through Wednesday, Aug. 28. 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.

The 28th annual CHL Import Draft included 81 players consisting of 48 forwards, 27 defencemen, and six goaltenders. The 81 players were chosen from 14 different countries featuring a draft-high 17 players from Czech Republic – the highest single total since Russia supplied 20 players for the 2017 CHL Import Draft. It also represents the most diverse selection of players since 15 countries were featured in the 2010 CHL Import Draft.


About The Flint Firebirds:
The Flint Firebirds are a proud member of the prestigious 20-team Ontario Hockey League. The OHL is part of the 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 four seasons ago, the team has produced 17 NHL signed or drafted players. More than 250 scouts representing all 31 NHL clubs attended a Firebirds game in Flint throughout the 2018-19 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.

Photo Credit: Chris Tanouye/HHOF-IIHF Images and Florence Labelle / Montreal Canadiens


For media inquiries, contact:

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

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