Thunderbirds acquire Giertuga


The Soo Thunderbirds hockey club has announced today that they have made their first transaction of the offseason, sending defenceman Brendan Jay to the SIJHL champion Dryden Ice Dogs in exchange for defenceman and Thunder Bay, Ontario product Garrett Giertuga.

Giertuga, who stands 5’9 and 190 lbs, began the 2016-2017 season with the NOJHL’s Elliot Lake Wildcats, where he had 0 points and 28 penalty minutes through 23 games played, before being dealt to the Dryden Ice Dogs, where he scored 2 goals and 2 assists through 30 regular season games, along with 29 penalty minutes.

During the 2017 postseason, the 19 year old had 1 goal and 1 assist through 4 games played, along with 10 penalty minutes and helped the Ice Dogs win the Bill Salonen Cup.

He also recorded 1 assist through 2 games played at the 2017 Dudley Hewitt Cup Tournament, along with a team leading 17 penalty minutes.

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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.