With a banner season officially in the books and Summer Ice Camp only a few weeks away, the Dudley Hewitt Cup champions Soo Thunderbirds have gotten commitments from four players who will return as overagers for the 2015-2016 season. Forwards Nathan Hebert, Joey Miller, Devin Shell and assistant captain Matt Mitchell will all be entering their final NOJHL season with their hometown squad.
Nathan Hebert, who is the son of Soo Thunderbirds player development coach Mark Hebert, scored twelve goals and thirty one points through thirty four games last season along with just ten penalty minutes and had eight points through eight postseason games. He also recorded his first career five point game with a goal and four assists on October 5th, 2014, in a 7-1 victory over the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.
After being acquired back from the Portage Terriers in September, Joey Miller notched sixteen goals and forty four points through forty one games last season and tied the team record for most assists in one game on November 29th, 2014, setting up five goals in a 10-1 win over the Blind River Beavers. Miller, who had eight points through fourteen postseason games and five through four contests at the Dudley Hewitt Cup, also shared the Ted Brooks Memorial Team Award for player excellence in the community with his cousin Anthony Miller during their rookie seasons in 2012-2013. He also recorded two assists in four games at the RBC Cup.
After being acquired at this year’s trade deadline from the GOJHL’s Cambridge Winter Hawks, Devin Shell notched three goals and twelve points through nineteen regular season games with the T-Birds along with eight points through nine postseason games. He also had three points through four games at the Dudley Hewitt Cup Tournament.
Assistant captain Matt Mitchell, who led us in penalty minutes this season with sixty eight, scored seven goals and twenty two points through fifty games along with eight points in thirteen playoff games. He also recorded three points in four games at the Dudley Hewitt Cup Tournament.