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Firebirds Five: Top Point Producers in Franchise History

With actual hockey on pause, it’s time for a new approach with the “Firebirds Five”. Typically, it’s a segment dedicated to five thoughts on a past game. Now, for the foreseeable future, it will be more of a countdown feature. To start things off, we will take a look at the top point producers in Flint Firebirds history.

Only five years into its existence, the Firebirds are still a young OHL franchise. For that reason, career point totals are far from astounding for most players. Seven current and former Firebirds point producers have recorded over 100 while with the organization. Meanwhile, only one of those individuals has eclipsed the 200-point mark.

Without any further ado, let’s get to this.

Number Five: Riley McCourt

We kick things off with the St. Catharines, Ontario native, Riley McCourt. Originally a third-round OHL Priority Selection pick of the Hamilton Bulldogs, McCourt has recorded 28 goals and 79 assists with the Firebirds. His 107 points matched that of Jack Wismer, however; Wismer did not make this list because he’s played more games.

This season was a career year for McCourt. He recorded 18 of the 28 goals he’s amassed during his time in Flint. Additionally, his 44 assists were also a career-high. McCourt’s 62 points this regular season third amongst Firebirds and first amongst Flint defensemen.

Where is he now?

McCourt just finished up his third full season in the OHL and second full season in Flint. He’s now in his third year of draft-eligibility and has the best chance at being a late-round selection. Most likely, McCourt will return to the Firebirds as an overage player next season.

Number Four: Nicholas Caamano

Originally a member of the defunct Plymouth Whalers, Nicholas Caamano was a member of the Firebirds during its inaugural season. That year, he ranked fourth on the team in points with 37. His 20 goals were enough for third-most on the team. The following, 2016-17, Caamano continued to improve, registering 64 points and posting the second-most goals on the team (35). During the 2017-18 season, Caamano only played 23 games with Flint and was eventually traded to Hamilton. In those 23 games, he managed to post 12 goals and nine assists.

When Caamano’s time with Flint came to a close, he’d played in 154 games and tallied a total of 122 points. Additionally, he ranks fourth in franchise history in goals with 67.

Where is he now?

The Dallas Stars selected Caamano in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He’s spent the majority of the last two seasons with Dallas’s AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. However, Caamano did see 12 games of NHL action this season, producing a goal and an assist.

Number Three: Jake Durham

Jake Durham was originally selected 128th-overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection by the Hamilton Bulldogs. However, Flint is the only OHL team the Port Perry, Ontario native has ever played for. Durham’s contributions to the stat sheet were minimal in his first two seasons with the team. Then, in year three, he took a major leap in his progression, leading the team in goals with 35. Additionally, his 59 points were tied for second-most. This season, Durham’s goal total took a dip but he was still able to record 54 points in 63 games.

Durham has played the most games as a member of the Flint Firebirds to date. In his 265 games, he’s recorded 159 points. He’s ranked second all-time in goals with 75 and third all-time in assists with 84.

Where is he now?

Durham’s overage year with Flint is coming to a close. He’s never been drafted but might get some interest in regards to an AHL or ECHL contract.

Number Two: Ryan Moore

Ryan Moore, a native of Troy, Michigan, was originally selected by the Windsor Spitfires 35th-overall in 2013. He played one full season with Windsor before being traded to Plymouth mid-way through the 2014-15 season. When the Whalers moved to Flint and became the Firebirds in 2015, Moore recorded the second-most points on the team with 48. The next year, he completely took off posting 39 goals and 51 assists in 68 games. To this date, his 90 points are the most recorded in a single season for the Firebirds. The next season, Moore was traded to Hamilton, along with Caamano, after 21 games.

In just 157 games played with Flint, Moore recorded 159 points. His 72 goals rank third in franchise history while his 87 assists rank second.

Where is he now?

Now 22-years-old, Moore last played in the ECHL with the Newfoundland Growlers during the 2018-19 season. Moore played in 50 games, registering 11 goals and 14 assists. Additionally, he played in one AHL game with the Toronto Marlies.

Number One: Ty Dellandrea

Dallas Stars prospect Ty Dellandrea
Flint Firebirds Leading Point Producer Ty Dellandrea (Terry Wilson/CHLImages)

It’s no surprise that Ty Dellandrea sits atop the Firebirds point producers list. The former fifth-overall pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection sits atop the franchise lead in points (216), goals (94), and assists (122). He’s essentially the franchise’s first bonafide star and has helped turn the tide in Flint. Under his leadership, the Firebirds are finally becoming a contending team in the Western Conference.

Where is he now?

Dellandrea is probably heading to the Dallas Stars organization next season. Although anything is possible, it’s hard to believe that the Stars won’t find a place for their former 13th-overall pick on the roster come Fall of 2020.