Video: Firebirds’ Hakon Nilsen signs professional hockey contract in Norway

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Flint, Mich. – Flint Firebirds defenseman Hakon Nilsen has signed a professional hockey contract with Manglerud Star Ishockey, a member of the GET-league which is the top professional hockey league in Norway.

Nilsen, 21, signs his first full-season professional hockey contract after signing an amateur tryout agreement (ATO) with the Wichita (Kansas) Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, on Mar. 19 after the Firebirds 2018-19 season concluded.

“We would like to congratulate Hakon on his first professional hockey contract,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch. “We wish Hakon all the best and commend him on his OHL playing career.”

The Cape Coral, Fla. native improved statistically each of the four seasons he was in the OHL. He nearly doubled his point-production this season, recording a career-high 14 points (3G, 11A) in 68 games, including one power-play goal and 38 penalty minutes. He played in a Firebirds’ franchise-record 217 games, scoring six times and adding 26 assists for 32 total points in that time.

Nilsen, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound skater, was also nominated as the Firebirds’ College / University Excellence Award winner after earning 66 college credits and a cumulative GPA of 3.60 during his third season in Flint.

Season ticket packages are the best value for Flint Firebirds fans and are on sale now for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Benefits for full season ticket holders include free parking, a ticket savings for all 34 home games, complimentary tickets to all (4) road regular-season games in Saginaw, (4) buddy vouchers to bring a friend to any home Firebirds’ game, exclusive invitation to team and player events and much, much, more.

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

Fans can also book group outings now for the upcoming season before individual game tickets go on sale to the general public! Group ticket packages are available to fit your needs. Whether you are entertaining corporate clients, celebrating a special occasion, having a fun night out with family and friends or rewarding employees, we have a fun, easy and affordable plan for you! For more information, contact John Notter by calling (810) 744-0580 ext. 216 or by emailing

Photo Credit: Todd Boone / Flint Firebirds


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

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