Thunderbirds enter the holiday break

By Matt Stefano

With the holiday break officially in session, the Soo Thunderbirds have closed out their 2019 half of their 2019-2020 regular season with a record of 19 wins, 13 losses, 2 overtime losses and 3 shootout losses, good for 43 points and third in the NOJHL’s West Division.


During Sunday afternoon’s 6-4 loss in Espanola, Thunderbirds co-captain Nick Smith picked up one assist to give him 100 career assists.

Smith became just the sixth player in Soo Thunderbirds history to record 100 career assists, joining Jerry Petingalo (2006-2011), Joey Coccimiglio (2000-2003), Ryan Maunu (2004-2006), Nick Minardi (2004-2009) and David Borrelli (1999-2002).


The Soo Thunderbirds welcomed their newest addition on December 18th as they acquired 2001 birth year defenceman Jordan Broome in a trade with the PJCHL’s Styner Siskins.

Broome, who is a native of Toronto, Ontario, also played one game with the Powassan Voodoos this season.

The Toronto, Ontario product stands 6’0 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.


After winning the NOJHL scoring title last season, Soo Thunderbirds graduate Lucas Theriault got himself a roster spot with the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara IceDogs for the 2019-2020 season.

In 24 games with the IceDogs so far, Theriault has found the back of the net 3 times and has set up 2 others.


The Thunderbirds will be back in action on Friday, January 3rd, when they visit Espanola to take on the Espanola Express.

Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex.

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