NEW FACES BEHIND THE BENCH
Back on May 20th, the Thunderbirds have hired some new faces who will take over behind the bench for the upcoming season.
Denny Lambert has been named as the club’s the new bench boss and assistant general manager of the while Jeremy Stevenson has been named the new associate coach.
Micky Sartoretto, Aidan Wright and Gary Roach will serve as the new assistant coaches.
WELCOME BACK DENNY!
He served as the Thunderbirds director of operations back in the 2016-2017 season, but now he’s coming back to call the shots behind the bench!
On May 20th, the Soo Thunderbirds have hired former Soo Greyhounds forward and former NHLer Denny Lambert as the their new head coach and assistant general manager.
Lambert, who played three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Soo Greyhounds from 1988-1991, scored 65 goals, 148 points and 648 penalty minutes in 181 career regular season games.
In his sophomore season with the Hounds in 1989-1990, Lambert led the Ontario Hockey League in penalty minutes with 276.
Lambert, who was born in Wawa, Ontario, also helped the Hounds capture the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 1991.
Following his three year Ontario Hockey League career with the Hounds, Lambert then went on to play in the National Hockey League from 1994-2002, splitting time with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators and Atlanta Thrashers.
As a member of the Atlanta Thrashers in their inaugural season in 1999-2000, Lambert also led the National Hockey League in penalty minutes with 219.
Following his career in the National Hockey League, the 50 year old was then named assistant coach of the Soo Greyhounds in the 2003-2004 season, before moving up to become head coach of the club in 2008-2009.
During his eight years behind the bench with the Hounds from 2003-2011, Lambert also coached four former Soo Thunderbirds who went on to play in the National Hockey League, including Tyler Kennedy, Andrew Campbell, Jake Muzzin and Colin Miller.
Kennedy and Muzzin also went on to win Stanley Cups.
He played one season with the Thunderbirds in 2011-2012.
Wore the ‘C’ for them.
Led them in scoring.
Helped them win their second Copeland Cup McNamara Trophy, followed by their first ever Dudley Hewitt Cup title.
Holds the team record for most assists (20) and points (29) in a single postseason.
Was named the NOJHL’s Best Overall Team Player, the NOJHL’s Playoff MVP, the RBC Cup’s Most Sportsmanlike Player and was named to the NOJHL’s First All-Star Team.
And now he’s coming back to take on a new role with the team he played for!
On May 20th, the Soo Thunderbirds have hired Micky Sartoretto as their new assistant coach.
Sartoretto, who has championship experience with his hometown Thunderbirds, also played in the Ontario Hockey League from 2008-2011, splitting time with the Kitchener Rangers and Saginaw Spirit.