A future hint in Flint

Randy Russon
June 5, 2018

A hint of future promise has signed on with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League. First-rounder Evan Vierling, who was the second overall pick at this year’s OHL priority selections draft, has officially committed to Flint.

And Firebirds general manager Barclay Branch splashed superlatives about the young forward.

“Evan is an elite young man and highly talented hockey player. He will be a significant part of the Flint Firebirds moving forward,” Branch relayed about his newly-signed, first-round yield from the 2018 draft. “We are extremely happy and excited to have Evan and his family officially committed to our program.”

Vierling, who hails from Aurora, Ontario, put up 27 goals, 36 assists, 63 points in 33 games with the York Simcoe Express minor midgets over the course of the 2017-2018 regular season. And the youngster is looking ahead with considerable anticipation about heading to Flint and the Michigan-based Firebirds.

“It’s very exciting to be able to sign with such a first-class organization,” said Vierling. “I’m so thankful to have this opportunity to play in such a special league and a great city such as Flint.

“To see the amount of fans that came out for an orientation camp in April was unbelievable. The coaches were amazing and I know they’re going to push me to become the best player I can possibly be. This means everything to my family and I,” added Vierling.

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