Guelph Storm Acquires Flint Firebirds Defense For Spikes – Guelph | The Canadian News

The Guelph Storm have acquired defender Jack Harper from the Flint Firebirds in exchange for draft picks.

Harper is a product of the Guelph Minor Hockey program and was selected by the Firebirds in the seventh round of the 2018 OHL draft.

The 2002-born right-handed defender played 39 games for Flint in the 2019-20 season, recording two assists and four penalty minutes.

“Jack is a very mobile defender who competes hard and moves the puck effectively. He will add some experience to our young group this season, ”said head coach and general manager George Burnett.

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Before joining the Firebirds, Harper spent the 2018-19 season with the OJHL’s Burlington Cougars, where he recorded nine goals and 10 assists in 43 games.

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With the addition of Harper, the Storm will have four 19-year-olds on their blue line this season that already features Daniil Chayka, Michael Bianconi and Luka Profaca.

Burnett has hinted that Michael Buchinger and Cameron Allen, first-round picks in 2020 and 2021, respectively, are also expected to place.

Import pick Leo Hafenrichter is expected to round out the defensive core with Guelph likely with seven defenders.

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The trade announced Tuesday sees a sixth-round pick in the 2023 OHL draft and a conditional 12th-round pick in the 2024 OHL draft for Flint.

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“I am very excited and honored to come home and play for the team that I grew up watching,” said Harper.

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“I can’t wait to play at the Sleeman Center in front of the amazing Storm fans, my family and friends.”

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