Flint, MI — September 14, 2021
The OHL is statistically the #1 player development league for the NHL in the world. In the last five years, the OHL has had 199 players selected in the NHL Draft which leads any other league in the world.
There has been 76 first or second-round NHL draft picks out of the OHL, which is first in the world. By position, 66 defensemen have been selected in the NHL which is first out of any other league in the world and 122 forwards have been drafted which is also first in the world. On opening day this fall, 26.4% of NHL rosters were OHL players which is also first in the world.
In addition, 10 of the last 12 players that were picked 1st overall in the NHL Draft have come from the CHL consisting of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, and Sidney Crosby. Other notable OHL alumni are Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, Mickey Redmond, Brendan Shanahan, and Steve Yzerman.
Firebirds in the NHL
Since the Flint Firebirds’ inception four seasons ago in 2015, the team has produced 21 NHL-signed or drafted players. More than 250 scouts representing all 31 NHL clubs attended a Firebirds game. 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 premier player development league for the NHL. On NHL opening-day rosters in October, 70% of NHL players were CHL alums.
Single-game tickets can be purchased at the Dort Financial Center Box Office and online at Etix.com. The Dort Financial Center Box Office is open Monday thru Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Make the short drive to Flint, see some great hockey and catch a glimpse of future NHL stars in action at the fan-friendly Dort Financial Center.