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Player Profiles

# 5 Bradon Caruso

Position: Defense

Height : 6’0

Weight: 190

Date of Birth: 4/14/00

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Served as an assistant captain of the
GNML's Soo Greyhounds ... Scored 6 times and set up 21 other last season with the GNML's Soo
Greyhounds ... Drafted in the 2nd round (22nd overall) by the Guelph Storm during the 2017 OHL U18
Priority Selection ... Scored his first goal NOJHL goal with the Soo Thunderbirds on March 5th, 2017
against Rayside Balfour ... He is also the cousin of former Soo Thunderbirds Matt and Mike Caruso

#6 Austin Heinrich

Position: Defense

Height : 6’2

Weight: 190

Date of Birth: 4/2/00

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Had 6 assists and 10 penalty minutes
through 40 games last year with York Simcoe ... Suited up for 6 games with the OJHL's Aurora Tigers last
season, where he recorded 1 assist ... Selected in the 4th round (73rd overall) by the Mississauga
Steelheads during the 2017 OHL U18 Priority Selection

# 7 Nolan Ford

Position: Defense

Height : 5’10

Weight: 150

Date of Birth: 12/20/99

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Richards Landing, Ontario

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Spent last season with the GNML's Soo
Greyhounds, where he was the top scoring defenceman on the team, putting up 29 points through 36
games ... Helped out with Soo Thunderbirds futures camp in July ... Attended the OHL's Soo Greyhounds
training camp this summer

# 10 Nicholas Case

Position: Forward

Height : 6’2

Weight: 190

Date of Birth: 9/13/99

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

Put up 27 points through 37 games last season with the PJCHL's Napanee Raiders ... Played 1 game last season with the OJHL's Kingston Voyageurs

#12 Tanner Mayne

Position: Forward

Height : 5’11

Weight: 188

Date of Birth: 9/24/00

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Barrie, Ontario

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Had 6 goals and 13 points through 36
games last year with the North Central Predators Midget AAA club

#14 Alex Acosta

Position: Forward

Height : 5’11

Weight: 170

Date of Birth: 11/2/1997

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Etobicoke, On

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Had 6 goals and 22 points through 28
games last season with the Schomberg Cougars ... Played 7 games last season with the OJHL's Aurora
Tigers last season, where he had 3 assists ... Selected in the 5th round (150th overall) by the Toronto
Attack during the 2017 GMHL Draft

#15 Tristan Cicchello

Position: Defense

Height : 5’10

Weight: 160

Date of Birth: 3/7/2001

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Had 9 goals and 25 points last season with
the GNML's Soo Greyhounds ... Had 1 goal and 1 assist through 4 games played at the 2017 OHL Cup
with the Northern Ontario Hockey Association and was tied for the team lead in penalty minutes with 12
... Had 1 goal through 5 games played with Team NOHA at the 2017 OSG-16 and was tied for the team
lead in penalty minutes with 10

16 Ryan Mulligan

Position: Defense

Height : 5’10

Weight: 180

Date of Birth: 3/10/98

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Entering his third season with the Thunderbirds ... Was the recipient of the Ted Brooks Memorial Award in
2017 for player excellence in the community ... Helped out during Thunderbirds Futures Camp in July

#17 Tyler Malpass

Position: Forward

Height : 5’11

Weight: 165

Date of Birth: 7/15/99

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Came over in a trade from the SIJHL's Fort Frances Lakers this offseason ... Finished seventh in SIJHL
rookie scoring with 15 goals and 29 points through 47 games

#18 Cole Mackay

Position: Forward

Height : 5’11

Weight: 160

Date of Birth: 6/13/01

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Spent last season with the AHMMPL's
Kitchener Jr. Rangers Minor Midget AAA club, where had a league leading 30 goals and set up 16 others
through 32 games ... Had 1 goal in 5 games with the Kitchener Jr. Rangers Minor Midget AAA club at the
2017 OHL Cup ... Had 1 goal in 5 games with Team NOHA at the 2017 OSG-16 ... Selected by the Soo
Greyhounds in the 5th round (98th overall) during the 2017 OHL Priority Selection ... Selected by the Des
Moines Buccaneers in the 19th round (301st overall) during the USHL Draft ... Brother of former Soo
Thunderbird Matt Mackay

#20 Steven Bellini

Position: Defense

Height : 5’9

Weight: 170

Date of Birth: 5/23/00

Catches: Right

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Had 1 goal and 23 points through 35
games last season with the GNML's Soo Greyhounds ... Attended the OHL's Soo Greyhounds training
camp this summer

#21 Braden Robbins

Position: Forward

Height : 5’9

Weight: 155

Date of Birth: 7/1/98

Shoots: left

Hometown: St Augustine, Florida

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Led the Springfield Jr. Pics 18U in goals (9)
and points (21) during the 2016-2017 season

#22 Nick Smith

Position: Forward

Height : 5’10

Weight: 160

Date of Birth: 2/2/99

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Entering his second season with the Thunderbirds … Had 11 goals & 15 Assists for 26 pts last season for
the Soo Thunderbirds

#23 Ryan Lawrence

Position: Defense

Height : 6’0

Weight: 175

Date of Birth: 1/21/98

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Dewitt, Michigan

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Had 1 goal and 10 points through 22
games last year with the Meijer AAA Hockey 18 U ... Selected in the 5th round (193rd overall) by the
Willmar WarHawks during the 2017 NA3HL Draft

#24 Brendan Miller

Position: Forward

Height : 6’1

Weight: 200

Date of Birth: 8/4/98

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Finished fourth in team scoring last season
with the Soo Indians 18U AAA club, scoring 17 times and setting up 18 others through 47 games ...
Selected by the Willmar WarHawks in the 4th round (159th overall) during the 2017 NA3HL Draft

#25 Kaidan McDonald

Position: Forward

Height : 6'2

Weight: 190

Date of Birth: 12/12/98

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Inuvik, NWT

Entering his second season with the Thunderbirds ... Finished second in rookie assists on the Thunderbirds
last season with 19 … Added 5 goals for a total of 26 pts

#26 Camaryn Baber

Position: Forward

Height : 5’11

Weight: 180

Date of Birth: 4/4/01

Shoots: right

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Finished third in team scoring last season
with the GNML's Soo Greyhounds, putting up 32 goals and 62 points through 32 games ... Played 3 games
with Team White at the 2018 U17-Dev ... Selected by the Saginaw Spirit in the 3rd round (57th overall)
during the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

#27 Noah Solinger

Position: Forward

Height : 6.0

Weight: 180

Date of Birth: 12/3/99

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Chatsworth, ON

Entering his second season with the Thunderbirds ... Was the recipient of last year's John L. Cohen
Memorial Award for the team's scholastic player of the year ... Averaged over 85% at St. Mary's College
last year

#30 Eric Schuch

Position: Goalie

Height : 5’11

Weight: 180

Date of Birth: 12/21/98

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Holland, Michigan

Signed with the Thunderbirds prior to the 2017-2018 season ... Had a 2.99 goals against average and a
.888 save percentage last season with the Fox Motors U18 ... Played 1 game with the NAHL's Odessa
Jackalopes, where he had a 2.77 goals against average and a .906 save percentage

#35 Brandon Gordon

Position: Goalie

Height : 5’10

Weight: 180

Date of Birth: 1/7/97

Shoots: Left

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Entering his third season with the Thunderbirds ... Was the recipient of last season's Zoltan Kovacs Senior
Memorial Trophy for the team's hardest working player of the year ... During his second season, he set the
new Thunderbirds record for most career shutouts (9), passing Frank Novello (1999-2001), who held the
previous record with 7 ... Last season, he led all NOJHL goalies in shutouts (5), which tied the NOJHL
record for most shutouts in a single season, joining Frank Novello (2001, Soo Thunderbirds), Martin
Perreault (2004, North Bay Skyhawks), John Kleinhans (2012, Soo Thunderbirds), and Garrett Forrest (2016,
Powassan Voodoos)

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