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Firebirds Select Belarus Native Dmitry Kuzmin in CHL Import Draft

June 30, 2020 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Flint Firebirds News Release

Flint, Mich. - The Flint Firebirds announced today that the club has selected defenseman Dmitry Kuzmin as the 46th-overall pick in the 2020 CHL Import Draft.

Last season, the Firebirds selected Belarusian forward Evgeniy Oksentyuk with the 5th-overall pick in the 2019 CHL Import Draft. Oksentyuk led the Firebirds with 78 points (33G, 45A) in 58 games and was recognized by the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) as one of the top-5 impact players from last year's CHL Import Draft. The Brest, Belarus native set a Firebirds' franchise record for the longest point-streak by a single player, recording a point in 17 consecutive games from Nov. 15, 2019 - Jan. 17, 2020. After choosing to move to Flint and play with the Firebirds, Oksentyuk is now expected to hear his name called at the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft.

The import draft is seen as a way to raise the level of competition in the CHL, as well as to broaden its fan base while retaining high North American content. Last season a total of 81 players were selected from 14 different countries led by 17 players from the Czech Republic and consisting of 48 forwards, 27 defensemen, and six goaltenders.

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