By Matt Stefano
A local blueliner is coming home!
The Soo Thunderbirds have announced on Sunday that they have acquired 2004-birth-year defenceman Mason Chitaroni from the OJHL’s Cobourg Cougars in exchange for a player development fee.
Chitaroni, who is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, stands 5’11 and weighs 180 pounds.
“We are really excited to add Mason to our group,” said Soo Thunderbirds assistant coach and general manager Jamie Henderson. “He’s a player we know very well having coached him in his draft year and he is a quality young man who is willing to succeed.”
As a member of the Cougars this season, Chitaroni had 1 goal and 4 assists in 12 games played.
The 17-year-old was also drafted by the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights in the 5th round (99th overall) back in 2020.
“I’m honestly pumped to be back in the Soo,” said Chitaroni, who was originally born in Marathon, but has been living in the Soo since 2016. “I’m excited to be under the guidance of Cole Jarrett and Jamie Henderson and their staff once again.”
If the last name Chitaroni sounds familiar to you, it’s because Mason is also the son of former Sudbury Wolves forward Terry Chitaroni, who played four seasons with the Wolves from 1988-1992.