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Staff

Jordan Smith
Head Coach
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Smith, who is in his fourth season as head coach and first season as general manager, guided the T-Birds to winning back to back Copeland Cup McNamara Trophies in 2015 & 2016 and one Dudley Hewitt Cup title in 2015. The two time NOJHL coach of the year (2014 & 2015) led the T-Birds to their third consecutive James Aspen Trophy last year as the NOJHL's regular season champions. In his first season as head coach in 2013-2014, the 30 year old led the T-Birds to finishing first in the CJHL along with setting new NOJHL single season records for most wins (48) and most points (99). He also served as an assistant coach for Team NOJHL in 2013-2014, before being named head coach for Team NOJHL in 2014-2015 at the Central Canada Cup Challenge.

Ryan Maunu
Assistant Coach
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Maunu, who is in his fourth season behind the bench, served as an assistant coach for Team NOJHL at the 2014 Central Canada Cup Challenge in Etobicoke, Ontario. During his playing years with the T-Birds from 2004-2006, Maunu led the club in scoring back to back seasons.

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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