Entering his second season behind the bench ... Named the NOJHL Coach of the Year last season ... Became the fourth coach in franchise history to be named Coach of the Year, joining Jim Capy (2001), Toots Kovacs (2005) and Jordan Smith (2014 & 2015) ... Named to the CCM Hockey 1st All-Star Team last season
Zoltan "Toots" Kovacs
Entering his third season as associate coach ... Served as an assistant coach for the Soo Greyhounds from 2006-2008 ... Was head coach of the Thunderbirds from 2003-2006 ... Named the NOJHL Coach of the Year back in 2005 ... Named to the NOJHL First All-Star Team in 2005 ... Named to the NOJHL Second All Star Team in 2006 ... Coached the Thunderbirds at the RBC Cup back in 2012 ... Father of former Thunderbirds defenceman Bronson Kovacs
Entering is Second season as Thunderbirds associate coach for the 2018-2019 season... Had a lengthy coaching career with Sault Major... Coached several AAA teams and won an NOHL title in the 2014-2015 season... Attended the Team NOHA Development Weekend in 2015 as coach for one of the teams... Coached under Keith Primeau's Durham hockey institute for 3 seasons, where elite players from all over North America attended various showcases
Barbeau, who is in his third 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.
Entering his first full season as Thunderbirds Assistant Coach ...Played four full seasons with the Thunderbirds from 2012-2016 ... Helped the Thunderbirds win Copeland Cup McNamara Trophies in 2015 & 2016 ... Recipient of the Ted Brooks Memorial Trophy in 2013 for player excellence in the community ... Recipient of the Thunderbirds Players' Player Award in 2016 ... Holds the Thunderbirds record for most career playoff games played with 56
Manager of Hockey and Business Operations
Trevor returns for his second season as Manager of Hockey and Business Operations. Trevor has over 15 years of experience in Business Marketing, Branding, & Events. He played at the University of Windsor (1993-1996) as well as Lakehead University (1996-1997), and has Coaching experience at the High School and AAA Minor Hockey levels in Sault Ste. Marie".