Children’s Recreational Hockey Program

A pair of Soo Thunderbirds midget players have signed with a Junior A team for the 2015-2016 season.

Thunder Bay, Ontario native Jared Fanti and Caramat, Ontario product Brendan Gillis have both signed with the Thunder Bay North Stars of the SIJHL after spending the 2014-2015 season with the GNML champion Soo Thunderbirds midget AAA club.

Defenceman Jared Fanti, who served as the first T-Bird midgets captain in team history, scored 9 goals and 37 points through 36 games before scoring twice and setting up 8 others through 9 postseason contests.

Forward Brendan Gillis finished as the club’s top scorer last season with 31 goals and 54 points through 36 games before scoring 6 goals and 12 points through 9 postseason contests.

Gillis recorded back to back hat tricks with the T-Bird midgets on September 21st vs North Bay and September 27th vs Kapuskasing.

Fanti and Gillis become the second and third T-Bird midget members to commit to a CJHL team joining forward Brad Thrower, who had committed to the NOJHL’s Soo Thunderbirds back in May.

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.