Flint, Mich. – The Flint Firebirds announced today that defenseman Marcus Gretz, a second-round pick, 23rd overall in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, has committed to an Ontario Hockey League Standard Player Agreement and education package with the Firebirds.
“This is a significant signing for our club,” said Flint Firebirds General Manager Barclay Branch. “Marcus is a big, elite, mobile defenseman that has an excellent mind for the game. He is a solid hockey player on the defensive-side of the play, that also moves the puck well and can contribute offensively. This will enhance our growing young nucleus to provide an exciting brand of hockey to watch for our fans. He is an excellent human being and a great person off the ice that fits everything we’re looking for.”
Gretz, a native of Macomb, Mich., was heavily recruited with NCAA options before choosing to continue his hockey and academic development in Flint. He recorded 16 points (4G, 12A) in 32 games last season while playing locally in Detroit with the Belle Tire 16U AAA Hockey Club. Gretz also tallied one goal and a plus-five rating in four games with the Total Package Hockey (TPH) Thunder AAA Club at the 2017 OHL Cup in March.
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“We’re very proud that Marcus and his family have committed to the Firebirds,” added Branch. “We’re confident that through our coaching staff and the first class environment we are establishing in Flint, combined with the academic opportunities available through the OHL’s Scholarship Program, we can provide Marcus the best of both worlds as he continues to develop on and off the ice.”
Following the OHL Cup in March, Marcus was among 46 of the top American hockey players born in 2001 that was invited to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) Evaluation Camp in Plymouth, Mich. He was also invited to attend the 2016 Boys Select 15 Player Development Camp in Amherst, N.Y. last July.
“This has been an unbelievable feeling,” said Gretz. “I know we have a bright future as a team and I cannot wait to get started. Flint has what it takes to get players to the next level, I trust everybody in the organization and believe this is the best path to get to the NHL, which is the ultimate goal.”
For more information, please visit flintfirebirds.com.