Moore turns heads by leading OHL in points
Along with the Soo Greyhounds, Sarnia Sting and Windsor Spitfires, the Flint Firebirds were one of four teams in the five-member West Division of the Ontario Hockey League that was above the .500 mark through the first month of the 2016-2017 season.
Flint — which missed the playoffs in the 10-team Western Conference in 2015-2016 — had a respectable 5-4-1 record as of Oct. 20.
There was an unlikely leader atop the OHL scoring chart in the person of Flint forward Ryan Moore.
While Moore is coming off a productive 2015-2016 season, in which he finished second on the Firebirds with 48 points from 25 goals and 23 assists, his ascension as the OHL’s points leader thus far in 2016-2017 is a bit startling.
In his first 10 games of this season, Moore had 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points. Not only did the 5-foot-8, 170-pound, 1997 birth-year skater have at least one point in every game but he also had goals in eight of Flint’s 10 contests.
Originally a second-round draft pick of Windsor in 2013, Moore hails from Troy.
As part of a new-look team concept in Flint under rookie head coach Ryan Oulahen and general manager George Burnett, the Firebirds were a feel-good story in the early going of the 2016-2017 campaign.
Besides Moore, other major contributors have been the trio of forwards Kole Sherwood and Luke Kirwan and Detroit-born defenseman Jalen Smereck, who all had extended stays at National Hockey League camps.
All three played in only seven of the Firebirds’ first 10 games to date, yet they combined for a whopping 25 points.
Sherwood (recently acquired from the London Knights) had five goals and 10 points. Kirwan had 6 goals and 2 assists.
Smereck (obtained from the Oshawa Generals over the summer) had seven assists.
Team Canada x 3
Rosters for the three Canadian squads – Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red and Team Canada White – that will represent the nation at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie have been finalized.
The event will be held from Oct. 27, to Nov. 5, at the Essar Centre and John Rhodes Community Centre in the Soo.
Soo Greyhounds rookie forward Barrett Hayton is one of 24 players from the OHL who are among the 66 who will suit up for the three Team Canada squads.
Of note, the Ottawa 67’s had three players selected — defensemen Kevin Bahl, Carter Robertson and Peter Stratis.
The upstart Flint Firebirds had two players named — defenseman Dennis Busby and forward Ty Dellandrea.
Following is a full list of OHL players who will be part of the three Team Canada squads:
Goalie: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads).
Defensemen: Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s), Dennis Busby (Flint Firebirds), Declan Chisholm (Peterborough Petes), Connor Corcoran (Windsor Spitfires), Owen Lalonde (Sudbury Wolves), Justin MacPherson (Niagara IceDogs), Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm), Carter Robertson (Ottawa 67’s), Peter Stratis (Ottawa 67’s), Giovanni Vallati (Kitchener Rangers).
Forwards: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers), Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds), Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack), Nathan Dunkley (Kingston Frontenacs), Liam Foudy (London Knights), Eric Guest (Kitchener Rangers), Barrett Hayton (Soo Greyhounds), Adam McMaster (North Bay Battalion), Allan McShane (Erie Otters), Billy Moskal (London Knights), Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals), Connor Roberts (Hamilton Bulldogs), Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs).