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Staff

John Parco
Head Coach

Parco, who was hired as the club's new head coach for the 2017-2018 season, returned to his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario after spending all of his coaching and most of his playing years in Italy. After putting up 82 points through 31 games during the 1987-1988 season with the Soo North Stars, Parco went on to play three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League's Belleville Bulls from 1988-1991, where he put up 257 points through 195 career games played. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native also served as Belleville Bulls captain during his final Ontario Hockey League season in 1990-1991 and was then drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 12th round (248th overall) at the 1991 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 45 year old went on to play 20 years of professional hockey, splitting time with the IHL, ECHL, AHL, and the European Elite Leagues. He also led the Asiago HC win two championship titles in 2011 & 2013 as head coach.
 

Zoltan "Toots" Kovacs
Associate Coach
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Kovacs, who is in his first season as T-Birds associate coach, is no stranger to this organization as he served as T-Birds head coach from 2004-2006, when he coached T-Birds assistant coach Ryan Maunu, who led the club in scoring back to back seasons. Toots also served as an assistant coach for the Soo Greyhounds from 2006-2008. The Sault native is also the father of former T-Birds defenceman Bronson Kovacs.

Terry Barbeau
Goalie Coach

Barbeau, who is in his first season with the T-Birds, spent eight seasons as goalie coach with the Soo Greyhounds from 2002-2010 and served as goalie coach for the Saginaw Spirit in 2012, 2013 & 2014. The Sault native also spent time as a volunteer goalie coach with the Lake Superior State Lakers hockey club in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2016 - present.

Kelsey Wilson
Associate Coach

Wilson, who is in his first season with the Soo Thunderbirds, played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-2006, splitting time with the Sarnia Sting and Guelph Storm. During his final Ontario Hockey League season in 2005-2006, Wilson set career highs for goals (38), assists (31) and points (69) along with a team leading 196 penalty minutes. He also led the Guelph Storm in power play goals (24) during the 2005-2006 season and finished tied for the team's most first goals scored (7) with Ryan Callahan, who is now a member of the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightening. The 31 year old played six seasons in the American Hockey League (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 & 2014) with the Milwaukee Admirals, Toronto Marlies and Utica Comets. From 2006-2009, Wilson led the Milwaukee Admirals in penalty minutes for three consecutive seasons. The former left winger was also the EBEL's most penalized player with 231 penalty minutes during the 2009-2010 season with the EC Salzburg.

Chris Simon
Scout

Simon, who is in his first season with the T-Birds, is a former Soo Greyhound and NHLer. The Wawa, Ontario product spent his first few OHL seasons from 1988-1992 with the Ottawa 67s, before coming over to the Soo Greyhounds, where he helped them capture their second consecutive J. Ross Robertson Cup. The 44 year old won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche during in 1996.

Erik Christenson
Athletic TrainerPysiotherapist

Noel Stephen
Player Personnel

Jay Thomas
Equipment Manager

Chris Carr
Equipment Assistant

Jim Egan
Team PhotographerCheck out Jim's Facebook page for great pics of local sports teams

Maureen Greco
Game Night Staff

Ann Varco
Game Night Staff

Don Stares
Security

Shawn Folz
Website Admin

Ray Causley
Equipment Assistant

Enzo Coccimiglio
Game Day Operations

Matt Stefano
In Game Announcer and Communications

Marilyn Schmidt
Game Night Staff

Joe Dore
Game Night Staff

Dominic Turco
Hockey TV Announcer

Anthony Valade
Hockey TV Announcer

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