Soo Thunderbirds 2019-2020 regular season review

Photo by Bob Davies

The Soo Thunderbirds are getting set for postseason action after completing their 2019-2020 regular season.

This season, the Thunderbirds finished off with a record of 30 wins, 19 losses, 3 overtime losses and 4 shootout losses, good for 67 points and third place in the NOJHL’s West Division.

This year’s club had a lot of rookie talent and saw a pair of rookies tie team records.


Jake Kovacs was the youngest player on the Thunderbirds roster this season, but that didn’t stop him from being the top scorer on his team.

Thunderbirds rookie forward Jake Kovacs finished first in team scoring this season season with 27 goals and 58 points in 55 games.

Kovacs, who turned 16 years old back on September 25th, became the first Thunderbird rookie to finish first in team scoring at the end of a regular season since Brett Perlini did back in 2006-2007.


Soo Greyhounds 2019 eleventh round pick Tyler Savard was an overtime hero for the Thunderbirds during the regular season.

The 16 year old led all NOJHL rookies in overtime goals during the regular season with 2.

Savard also tied the Thunderbirds record for most overtime goals by a player in a regular season, joining Jeff Rainville (2003), Jerry Petingalo (2011), Geoff Gieni (2011) and Eric Hillock (2014).


Warner Young was a rookie this season in the NOJHL, but he was still the top scoring defenceman on the Thunderbirds.

Thunderbirds rookie defenceman Warner Young led all Thunderbird blueliners in scoring during the regular season with 3 goals and 28 assists in 53 games.

Young’s 28 assists this season, tied the Thunderbirds record for most assists by a rookie defenceman in a regular season, joining Barnabas Birkeland (2003) and Steven Bellini (2018).

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Matt Stefano
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.