A lenghthy and successful hockey season has ended in the month of May for the Soo Thunderbirds and as we are approach the last few weeks of June, it’s time for new and returning players to shine.
The Dudley Hewitt Cup champions are preparing for their annual 2015 Summer Ice Hockey Camp at the John Rhodes Community Centre beginning on Monday, June 29th with a Junior session from 4:00-6:00pm.
Our Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League franchise has been operating since the 1999-2000 season and since then we have won three Copeland Cup McNamara Trophies in 2009, 2012 and 2015. We have also won the Dudley Hewitt Cup twice in 2012 and 2015, which is the second most in NOJHL history, sitting behind the Rayside Balfour Sabrecats, who have won it three times.
We have developed players going on to play professional hockey such as Jake Muzzin (Los Angeles Kings), Andrew Campbell (Arizona Coyotes), Tyler Kennedy (New York Islanders) and Colin Miller (Manchester Monarchs). Current players in the Ontario Hockey League who came out of our program include Medric Mercier (Soo Greyhounds) and Nick Pastorious (Barrie Colts).
Our program has helped players move on to NCAA Division 1 hockey this past season including defensemen Owen Headrick (Lake Superior State University) and David Radke (Colorado College).
Cost is $400 for fourteen on ice sessions and is available to midget players born from 1998-2001 and junior players born from 1995-1998. Junior sessions run from June 29th-August 28th and Midget sessions go from July 1st-August 31st.
All players interested must contact T-Birds general manager Jamie Henderson at [email protected] and cheques are also payable to the Soo Thunderbirds mail at P.O Box 39 S.S Marie, ON P6A 5S8.
After stepping down, serving five seasons as the Soo Thunderbirds general manager, Kevin Cain has been named to TPA Sports as an assistant to president Allan Donnan. The forty seven year old Cain built the T-Birds to a pair of NOJHL titles in 2012 and 2015 along with a pair of Dudley Hewitt Cup – Central Canada titles. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario product who served as the director of Team NOJHL at the 2014 Central Canada Cup Challenge along with being named to the league’s first all star team in 2011 & 2012 and back to back seasons in 2014 & 2015 with head coach Jordan Smith, will continue to serve his volunteering as general manager with the Great North Midget League’s Soo Thunderbirds.