By Matt Stefano
Another American-born player is joining the Bird nest.
The Soo Thunderbirds have announced on Tuesday that they have signed 2003-birth-year forward and Farmington Hills, Michigan native Jackson Truchan.
“Jackson is a player who has put up some big numbers at every level he has played,” said Soo Thunderbirds assistant coach and general manager Jamie Henderson. “It always takes some time to adjust coming out of Under-18 hockey to junior, but we are really happy to add him to our group and we’ll work with him to help his game get to another level.”
Truchan, who stands 5-foot-6 and weighs 165 pounds, played in 4 preseason games this year with the CCHL’s Renfrew Wolves, where he recorded 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes.
Prior to suiting up for the Wolves this past preseason, Truchan spent the 2021-2022 season with the Maine Nordiques Under-18 AAA team, where he finished first in team scoring with 24 goals and 68 points in 58 regular season games and had the best plus minus on the entire team (+40).
During last season, the Farmington Hills, Michigan native also suited up for 8 games with the NAPHL’s Maine Nordiques Academy, where he recorded 7 goals and 12 points.
“I’ve already had a couple practices with the boys this week at the John Rhodes Community Centre and I love the facility and I love Soo,” Truchan said. “The players and the coaching staff are amazing and so far they’ve been giving me advice on ways to get better. I’m also excited to get going and get in my first game with the boys this week.”
With the addition of Truchan, the Soo Thunderbirds now have a total of three American-born players on their 2022-2023 roster, along with forwards Ryan Blackburn (Allendale, Michigan) and Anton Petrovskiy (Lake Worth, Florida).