Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today that the club has completed a trade with the Ottawa 67’s.
In the trade, the Firebirds acquire forward Quinn Yule from Ottawa. In return, Flint trades an eighth-round pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection to the 67’s.
“We are thrilled to be adding Quinn to our line up,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Barclay Branch. “Quinn brings with him a great deal of experience, will add size to our front end and will play a key role moving forward.”
Yule, 20, is a 6-foot-6, 215-pound power-forward that comes to Flint in the midst of his third season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Most notable, Yule comes to Flint with a winning pedigree as he was a member of the Ottawa 67’s last year who were the regular season champion’s by recording the best record and most points (50-12-4-2, 106pts.) in the 20-team OHL. Ottawa then went on to win three playoff rounds to claim the Eastern Conference’s Bobby Orr Trophy before falling to the Guelph Storm in the OHL Championship round.
“It’s obvious Flint is building a team for a long playoff run,” said Yule. “I think going to Flint is a good opportunity. I know a couple guys on the team already. I played minor hockey with Ty [Dellandrea] and Jake [Durham] and am looking forward to playing with them and getting to Flint.”
A native of Uxbridge, Ont., Yule was originally drafted by Ottawa in the fifth-round (84th-overall) of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Through three OHL seasons, he has recorded 32 points (14G, 18A) in 149 games played, including 23 games of OHL playoff experience. Yule played his youth hockey with the Central Ontario Wolves AAA Hockey Club in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association-Eastern Toronto Area (OMHA-ETA) and amassed an impressive 38 points (18G, 20A) including 99 penalty minutes in just 30 games.
Yule is expected to arrive to Flint this Sunday and will wear number-98 for the Firebirds.
The Firebirds return home for a pair of games this weekend. Friday, the Firebirds host their in-state rivals, the Saginaw Spirit for game six of the Coors Light I-75 Divide Cup. Saturday, Flint hosts the Windsor Spitfires. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (ET) both nights at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint.
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 four 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 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.