DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: With 45 seconds remaining in the third period against the Sudbury Wolves on Friday, October 25th, Port Perry’s Ty Dellandrea hit the open net to rewrite the record books for the Flint Firebirds, becoming the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.
The empty net goal was Dellandrea’s 160th career point, surpassing Ryan Moore to become the new points leader in the five-year history of the team.
Dellandrea scored twice in the 5-2 win over Sudbury Wolves, helping Flint to extend their undefeated run on home ice to five straight games to open the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) 2019-20 season. The win was the team’s third in-a-row, as the Firebirds have been rolling to the best start in team history with an overall record of 8-3-0-0.
A 19-year-old former student at Uxbridge Secondary School, Dellandrea began his minor hockey career in Port Perry before moving onto the ‘AAA’ Central Ontario Wolves. He was Flint’s first round (5th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection and he has provided a dependable presence down the middle over the course of four seasons.
This season, the 6-foot-1 centre has 14 points (6-8–14) through his first nine games of the season after returning from training camp with the Dallas Stars. Over the course of 193 career regular season games in the OHL, Dellandrea has scored 68 goals and added 92 assists.
The highest pick from North Durham in National Hockey League (NHL) history, Dellandrea was selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Dallas Stars in the 2018 NHL Draft and made his pro debut following the end of the 2018-19 season, suiting up in 11 American Hockey League (AHL) contests with the Texas Stars, recording three points.
Dellandrea was recently named to Team OHL’s roster for the upcoming 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series. He has previously represented Canada internationally on four occasions, competing at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, twice suiting up at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Under-18 Hockey Championship while also winning gold at the 2017 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.