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Guelph Storm acquires local product in deal with Firebirds

Jack Harper is a right-shot blueliner drafted by Flint in 2018
Jack Harper battles for position with Cam Hillis in a game at the Sleeman Centre in the 2019-20 season.

The Guelph Storm has acquired defenceman and Guelph native Jack Harper from the Flint Firebirds.

In exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2023 OHL Priority Selection and a conditional 12th round pick in the 2024 OHL Priority Selection.

Harper, a five-foot-11, 177-pound defenceman, is a product of Guelph Minor Hockey. He was selected by Flint in the seventh round, 122nd overall, in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. The 2002-born right-hand shot played 39 games for the Firebirds in 2019-20, recording two assists and four penalty minutes.

“We are pleased to add another product of the Guelph Minor Hockey program to our organization,” Burnett said. “Jack is a very mobile defenceman who competes hard and moves the puck effectively. He’ll add some veteran experience to our young group this season.”

Before joining the Firebirds, Harper spent the 2018-19 season with the OJHL’s Burlington Cougars where he recorded nine goals, 10 assists, 19 points, and 30 penalty minutes in 43 games.

“I am very excited and honoured to come home and play for the team that I grew up watching,” Harper said. “I cannot wait to play at the Sleeman Centre in front of the awesome Storm fans, my family and friends.”