By Matt Stefano
You can now add Daniel Beaupre’s name into the Soo Thunderbirds record book!
In Saturday night’s 15-1 victory over the Cochrane Crunch at the John Rhodes, Soo Thunderbirds forward Daniel Beaupre recorded five assists, which tied the franchise record for most assists by a Thunderbird player in one game.
“Against Cochrane, my linemates did a great job of getting open and putting the puck in the net when I gave it to them,” said Soo Thunderbirds forward Daniel Beaupre. “During that game, I just wanted to focus on trying to make the right play and the extra pass, and it ended up working really well.”
Not only did Beaupre tie the franchise record for most assists by a Thunderbird player in one game, but the North Vancouver, British Columbia native also became the first Thunderbird player to record five assists in one game since Joey Miller did back on November 29, 2014.
Not to mention Joey Miller is now the assistant coach of the Soo Thunderbirds.
“It feels really good to be tied with Joey,” Beaupre said. “I’ve heard him brag a couple times about that record, so now I can brag a bit with him now that I’ve tied his record.”
“It’s awesome seeing Beaups tie my record,” added Soo Thunderbirds assistant coach Joey Miller. “It just shows how hard he competes each shift on the ice and he’s also a great teammate and a great person.”
Miller also went on to speak about his five-assist performance, which happened back on November 29, 2014, in a 10-1 victory over the Blind River Beavers in Blind River.
“I can’t believe it’s already been eight seasons since my five-assist game in Blind River,” Miller said. “I was lucky enough to be on many great Thunderbird teams and I obviously couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”
With his record-tying five-assist performance on Saturday night, Beaupre now joins Jeff Rainville (2002-2003), Joey Coccimiglio (2002-2003), Brett Perlini (2007-2008), Nick Romano (2010-2011) and Joey Miller (2014-2015) for the team record for most assists by a Thunderbird player in one game.
“It feels great to have my name alongside those guys and have myself be apart of Thunderbirds history, especially considering how great of a franchise it is and how many good hockey players have played here,” Beaupre said.
In the Thunderbirds 15-1 victory over the Cochrane Crunch on Saturday night, Beaupre was only credited with four assists, but a fifth assist was then credited to him later, just 24 hours after the game.
(Photo of Soo Thunderbirds forward Daniel Beaupre credit to Bob Davies)