Thunderbirds Signs, Trottier, Fellinger and Spence

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Ayden Trottier signs with Thunderbirds

Another Trottier is joining the Bird nest!

The Soo Thunderbirds have announced today that they have signed 2005-birth-year defenceman Ayden Trottier for the 2022-2023 season.

Trottier, who is from Kapuskasing, Ontario, spent last season Great North Under-18 Hockey League’s Kapuskasing Flyers, where he finished third in team scoring with 15 points, including 6 goals and 9 assists in 22 regular season games.

“It’s truly an honour to be able to sign with such an amazing organization who has had great past success,” Trottier said.

Last season, 17-year-old blueliner also suited up for the Thunderbirds final game of their 2021-2022 regular season, which took place back on April 2 in Cochrane.

“Leading up to my first junior hockey game, I was able to spend two weeks with the Thunderbirds and travel with them to Cochrane,” Trottier said. “I was a little nervous when I first hit the ice with them (Thunderbirds), but I knew I had an outstanding team on the ice with me.”

Trottier, who stands 5’10 and weighs 178 pounds, is also the younger brother of current Soo Thunderbirds defenceman Kyle Trottier.

“Ayden was well coached under Sheldon Reasbeck last season in Kapuskasing and to add another member of the Trottier family to our team for the upcoming season is exciting,” said Soo Thunderbirds assistant coach and general manager Jamie Henderson.

“I am looking forward to a terrific year and I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to play with my brother,” Trottier added.

Austin Fellinger signs with the Thunderbirds

Another Fellinger is joining the Bird nest!

The Soo Thunderbirds have announced today that they have signed 2005-birth-year defenceman Austin Fellinger for the 2022-2023 season.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to play here in the Soo,” Fellinger said. “I know the Thunderbirds coaching staff will keep me in the best shape and help me develop on and off the ice. I’m looking forward to the upcoming season and I can’t wait to get started with my new team.”

Fellinger, who is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, spent last season with the Great North Under-18 Hockey League’s Soo Jr. Greyhounds, where he led all Great North Under-18 Hockey League defencemen in scoring with 19 points, including 1 goal and 18 assists in 24 regular season games.

Last season, the 17-year-old also helped the Jr. Greyhounds win the Great North Under-18 Hockey League championship.

“Austin took big strides in his game last season and really led the Under-18 Jr. Hounds to winning a championship,” said Soo Thunderbirds assistant coach and general manager Jamie Henderson.

Prior to last season, Fellinger was also drafted in the 11th round (218th overall) by the Ontario Hockey League’s Soo Greyhounds in the 2021 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

“Austin will continue to work and hopefully he can push for a spot on the Ontario Hockey League’s Hounds for the upcoming season,” Henderson said.

During the 2021-2022 season, the 17-year-old blueliner also suited up for a pair of games with the Soo Thunderbirds, including one in the regular season and one during the playoffs.

“I was lucky enough to play two games last season with the Thunderbirds and travel down to Estevan, Saskatchewan with them for the Centennial Cup,” Fellinger said. “The Thunderbirds treated me like I was with them the whole season and I had an amazing experience with them. The Thunderbirds coaching staff was also incredible and very respectful, and they always made sure I felt comfortable.”

Fellinger, who stands 6’0 inches tall and weighs 183 pounds, is also the younger brother of current Soo Thunderbirds defenceman Kolby Fellinger.

“I love playing with my older brother,” Fellinger said. “We are very competitive against each other, so I know it will push us both to become better. Kolby is someone I have always looked up to and to play hockey with him on the defending NOJHL champion Soo Thunderbirds is even more special. I can’t wait to continue my hockey career while having the possibility to being partners with my brother (Kolby) on the blueline.”

(Photo of Austin Fellinger with the Soo Jr. Greyhounds credit to Bob Davies)

Thunderbirds acquire Spence

From Sioux Lookout to Sault Ste. Marie!

The Soo Thunderbirds have announced today that they have acquired forward Matt Spence from the Sioux Lookout Bombers in exchange for a player development fee.

Spence, who is a 2003-birth-year forward, spent last season with the MJAHL’s Grand Falls Rapids, where he recorded 0 goals and 2 assists in 28 regular season games.

“We are excited to welcome Matt and his family to the Thunderbirds,” said Soo Thunderbirds assistant coach and general manager Jamie Henderson. “Matt spent last season playing in a really good league against strong opponents and will bring some valuable experience and a string of work ethic to our group. Most importantly, Matt is really excited to be a Thunderbird!”

Following his season with the Rapids, the 5’10 and 178 pound forward was then traded to the SIJHL’s Sioux Lookout Bombers, before having his rights traded to the Soo Thunderbirds.

“I’m really excited to be apart of a well known organization like the Thunderbirds, and I’m looking forward to being a big part on helping bring home a second straight Copeland Cup McNamara Trophy,” Spence said.”