Firebirds’ Kolyachonok signs with Panthers


SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have agreed to terms with defenseman Vladislav Kolyachonok on a three-year, entry-level contract.

Kolyachonok, 18, appeared in 53 games with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League, producing 29 points (4-25-29) and appeared in one game for the London Knights (OHL). He was named to the 2018-19 OHL All-Rookie Team.

On the international stage, the 6-foot-1, 189-pound native of Minsk, Belarus, captained his country’s team at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship, posting five points (1-4-5) in five games.

Kolyachonok is the first Belarus-born player to be selected in the NHL Draft by the Panthers in franchise history.

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