Hayes and Lombardi selected by the original six teams in the NHL Draft – Flint Firebirds

Flint, Michigan – For the fifth time in seven seasons since moving to Flint in 2015, the Firebirds had multiple players taken to the NHL Draft as Gavin Hayes (Chicago) and Amadeus Lombardi (Detroit) were selected today to Montreal.

“We are so happy for Gavin and Amadeus,” said general manager and head coach Ted Dent. “Both young men are great hockey players, but also great people. I really enjoy working with both of them and helping them become professional hockey players in the near future. »

Gavin Hayes was selected as the first pick in the 3rd round (#66 overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gavin Hayes meets Chicago Blackhawks staff after being drafted

“As soon as I heard ‘OHL Flint Firebirds,’ my heart sank,” Hayes said. “I’m very honored to be drafted by such a great organization.”

The 6-foot-2 AG set franchise single-game rookie records and points and assists this season, finishing the year with 19 Gs and 30 As. His 49 points were 4th in the team and 10th among all OHL rookies. The Firebirds’ first-round pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection Draft also finished 3rd among rookies in OHL playoff points (12) and goals (5).

Hayes becomes the first Michigander selected in the NHL Draft while wearing a Firebirds uniform.

Then forward Amadeus Lombardi was selected in the 4th round (#113 overall) by the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the first Firebird to be drafted by the Red Wings while a member of the team.

“It’s a dream come true,” Lombardi said. “I still don’t think it’s really hit me yet. I’m so happy and excited to be drafted by such a prestigious organization like the Red Wings and can’t wait to get started.

Lombardi was a 13th round selection (#245 overall) by Flint in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. In his first season he produced 18 Gs and 41 A’s for 59 points which ranked 2nd on the team. He added 7 G’s and 8 A’s in the 2022 OHL Playoffs, also finishing second on the team with 15 points.

Since the creation of the Flint Firebirds five seasons ago in 2015, the club already had 24 players drafted or signed in the NHL on its list consisting of Will Bitten (Montreal), Dennis Busby (Arizona), Nick Caamano (Dallas), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto), Gavin Hayes (Chicago)Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins), Ethan Keppen (Vancouver), Braeden Kressler (Toronto), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida), Dmitry Kuzmin (Winnipeg), Amadeus Lombardi (Detroit)Nick Mattinen (Toronto), Brent Moran (Dallas), Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Dallas), Brennan Othmann (NY Rangers), Alex Peters (Dallas), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit), Kole Sherwood (Columbus), Jalen Smereck (Arizona), Tyler Tucker (St. Louis) and Josh Wesley (Carolina).

For more information contact:

Jack Sznewajs
Broadcasting and Communications Director
Flint Firebirds Hockey Club
[email protected]

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