The Soo Thunderbirds Junior A hockey club has announced today that Jamie Henderson will take over for Kevin Cain as general manager. Henderson, who spent his first season as assistant general manager during 2014-2015, helped the NOJHL franchise to it’s second Dudley Hewitt Cup and third Copeland Cup McNamanra Trophy in franchise history.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be named the GM of the Soo Thunderbirds,” Henderson said. “The organization is amongst the most successful in all of the CJHL and I look forward to continuing to build the program with some truly great people.”
“This past season was truly memorable and I can’t thank Albert, Jo-Anne and Kevin enough for this opportunity.”
Prior to the 2010-2011 season, Jamie was named assistant coach of the team, in two seasons with the club, the team captured two NOJHL regular season championships, one Copeland Cup McNamara Trophy and the organizations first ever Dudley Hewitt Cup championship along with earning a berth at the RBC Cup.
In 2012, Jamie was invited by former Soo Greyhounds general manager and current Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant GM Kyle Dubas to attend the Soo Greyhounds Development Camp and main training camp as guest coach. He returned to the Thunderbirds as assistant general manager prior to the 2014-2015 season.
This past December, Jamie visited the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, where he spent two weeks with the team learning and studying under the guidance of Coach-GM Clark Donatelli. The Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadians and Pittsburgh Penguins.
From 2009-2011, Jamie served as an assistant coach with the St. Mary’s Knights hockey club and led them to an OFSAA championship title in 2010.
Fourty seven year old Kevin Cain, who spent four seasons as the Soo Thunderbirds general manager, led them to Dudley Hewitt Cup titles in 2012 and 2015 along with Copeland Cup McNamara Trophies in the same years.
“I have enjoyed my time with the Thunderbirds and all of our success,” Said Cain. “I have had some great players and coaches, also I really wanted to thank them and all the staff, especially appreciative to Jo-Anne Brooks, Mr. Albert Giommi and all of the volunteers,” added the former 2013-2014 NOJHL director of the year. “Jamie will do a great job, and wish him the best of luck going forward.”
Cain also served as an assistant coach with the Thunderbirds during 2003-2004, before winning the Copeland Cup McNamara Trophy as GM and head coach of the Soo Indians in 2007. He was also served as Team NOJHL’s general manager at the 2014 Central Canada Cup Challenge in Etobicoke, Ontario, along with being named to the NOJHL’s first all star team in 2013-2014 and the second all star team in 2014-2015.