Firebirds acquire rights to Garrett Forrest in goaltending swap with North Bay


By @StefanKubus –

The Flint Firebirds swapped goaltender rights with the North Bay Battalion and, in the process, brought Garrett Forrest back home in a sense.

Flint shipped the rights to netminder Brent Moran to North Bay in exchange for the rights to Forrest and the Windsor Spitfires’ fourth-round pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

Though he’s a native of Ashburn, Virginia, Forrest actually played his youth hockey with Little Caesars, Belle Tire and Honeybaked. In 38 games with the Powassan VooDoos this past season, Forrest led all Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League goaltenders in save percentage (.934) and shutouts (five), while ranking second in wins (24).

“We have a number of overage eligible players to manage,” Flint Firebirds GM George Burnett said in a press release. “An opportunity presented itself in North Bay. In return we received a draft pick in this year’s Priority Selection as well as add depth to the goaltending position.”

The Firebirds begin their training camp on August 29th at the Flint Iceland Arena. Training camp is open to the public with free admission for all on-ice sessions.