The Ontario Hockey League team that will begin playing in Flint later this year will be called the Flint Firebirds.
Officials from the team’s ownership group announced the new name on Monday, saying it is a nod to the resilience of the city.
“Flint is a community that has been built and sustained on the fierce resilience of its residents, and we see the Firebird as a symbol of that resilience,” Firebirds president Costa Papista said in a statement. “Flint has pulled through a difficult journey, and is now standing on the verge of great potential and promise.
“We see a revival happening in Flint. It’s the very reason we chose to be part of this community in the first place.”
The ownership group also unveiled their logo and jerseys.
League officials announced plans to sell the Plymouth Whalers and move them to Flint, Mich., earlier this year.