2018-06-07 / Sports

Firebirds 1st-round pick Vierling signs

By Brandon Pope
810-452-2651 • bpope@mihomepaper.com

Flint’s Evan Vierling. 
Photo provided Flint’s Evan Vierling. Photo provided FLINT – The Ontario Hockey League’s Flint Firebirds announced on Tuesday that they have signed their firstround pick, second overall, Evan Vierling. Vierling has agreed to the OHL’s standard player agreement and education package.

“We are extremely happy and excited to have Evan and his family officially committed to our program,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Barclay Branch. “Evan is an elite young man and highly-talented hockey player. He will be a significant part of the Flint Firebirds moving forward.”

Vierling grew up in Aurora, Ont., where he registered 27 goals and 36 assists in just 33 games while suiting up for the York Simcoe Express Minor Midget AAA squad of the Ontario Hockey Minor Association-Eastern Toronto Area last season.

“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. 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.”

Vierling is in good company as the No. 2 overall pick. For 14 straight seasons, the player taken second overall in the OHL Draft has gone on to place in the NHL, four of the last six being first-rounders in the NHL Draft.

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