Welcome Back Barbs


With a 7-1 record to complete the month of September, the Soo Thunderbirds have reacquired a familiar face on the blueline.

After being traded to the GOJHL’s Chatham Maroons earlier this month, the T-Birds have reacquired 1997 birth year defenceman Andrew Barbeau in exchange for player development fee.

Barbeau, who attended Erie Otters camp this Summer as a free agent, finished last season with a goal and four helpers through twenty six games with the T-Birds along with collecting twenty three penalty minutes.

Andrew is excited to rejoin his hometown team and is a gritty defenceman who will also add more veteran leadership.

“Following a real strong camp with the Erie Otters, Andrew spent some time in Chatham and expressed a desire to them he would like to return home,” said T-Birds general manager Jamie Henderson. “Earlier today, we made the deal and we’re really excited to have Barbs back with the team,” Henderson continued. “He will certainly bring a high intensity level game in and game out and add even more depth to a strong blueline.

The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native stands 5’11 and 200 lbs.

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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.