Pint-sized pivot Zacharie Giroux has signed with the Flint Firebirds and will split time this season between the Ontario Hockey League team and the Rayside Balfour Canadians of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Flint general manager Barclay Branch said the skill level of the 5-foot-5, 135-pound center with a 2003 birth date is apparent.
“Zacharie is a highly skilled player who possesses a strong work ethic and high compete level. He will be a key contributor to our hockey club moving forward,” Branch relayed.
Giroux, who hails from the Greater Sudbury area, was selected by the Firebirds in the third round, 57th overall, at the 2019 OHL priority selections draft.
Giroux was the captain of the Sudbury Minor Wolves of the Great North Midget League Hockey League last season. He led the minor midget Wolves in scoring with 28 goals, 27 assists, 55 points in 24 regular-season games.
He has longed to play in the OHL since he was a wee youngster, Giroux noted.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little guy watching the Sudbury Wolves in my hometown,” said Giroux.
“It’s been an unbelievable experience in Flint so far, the staff is great, there’s a great group of guys there that are not afraid to give you direction and help you succeed,” Giroux added.