Soo Thunderbirds

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Soo Thunderbirds
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City Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
League Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League
Division Western
Founded 1999
Home arena John Rhodes Community Centre
Colours Black, Red, and White
              
Owner(s) The Tech 921 Ltd.
General manager Jordan Smith
Head coach Jordan Smith
Affiliates Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
Franchise history
1999–2002 Soo Thunderbirds
2002–2003 Sault Ste. Marie Jr. Greyhounds
2003–Present Soo Thunderbirds

The Soo Thunderbirds are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL).

History[edit]

Soo Thunderbirds first came into being as a junior hockey program in from 1978 to 1982 through a group started by the late Zoltan Kovacs, Sr.[1] Zoltan, who emigrated to Canada from Hungary in 1956, started the Thunderbirds of the former International Junior B Hockey League to keep more young hockey players at home.[2][3] Abbie Carricato coached the Thunderbirds during Zoltan's ownership period (1978-1982).[4] The Thunderbirds won three IJHL championships during Zoltan's ownership. The IJHL later folded.

The Soo Thunderbirds announced they would become the Soo Jr. Greyhounds for 2002–03 to establish closer relations with the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. This only lasted one season and became the Soo Thunderbirds once again.

In 2012, the Thunderbirds won the NOJHL League Championship as well as the coveted Dudley Hewitt Cup. They went on to play at the Royal Bank Cup in Humboldt, Saskatchewan where they lost in the semifinals. The Thunderbirds wonn NOJHL titles back-to-back in 2014–15 and 2015–16. In 2015, the Thunderbirds would again win the Dudley Hewitt Cup but lose in the finals in 2016.

Following the 2015–16 season and Dudley Hewitt Cup campaign, it was announced that owner, Albert Giommi, had sold the organization to a group called The Tech 921 Ltd., led by former National Hockey League player and Ontario Hockey League coach, Denny Lambert.[5] Following the sale, general manager Jamie Henderson and team president Kevin Cain both resigned.[6] Head coach Jordan Smith was later also assigned the general manager position.[7]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts Result Playoffs
Soo Thunderbirds
1999–00 40 22 15 3 184 145 47 3rd NOJHL
2000–01 40 33 4 1 2 240 95 69 2nd NOJHL Lost Final
2001–02 42 35 5 0 2 347 122 72 2nd NOJHL Lost Final
Sault Ste. Marie Jr. Greyhounds
2002–03 48 35 11 2 305 161 72 2nd NOJHL Lost Final
Soo Thunderbirds
2003–04 48 31 9 7 1 266 155 70 2nd NOJHL Lost Final
2004–05 48 26 17 2 3 206 175 57 5th NOJHL Lost Semi-final
2005–06 48 31 16 0 1 220 165 63 2nd NOJHL Lost Semi-final
2006–07 48 22 22 0 4 170 184 48 5th NOJHL Lost Semi-final
2007–08 50 33 9 8 206 145 101 1st NOJHL Lost Final
2008–09 50 35 14 1 244 153 71 2nd NOJHL Won League
2009–10 50 33 14 3 253 154 69 3rd NOJHL Lost Final
2010–11 50 38 9 3 244 144 79 1st NOJHL Lost Semi-final
2011–12 50 38 7 1 6 245 156 83 1st NOJHL Won League
Won Dudley Hewitt Cup
2012–13 48 33 9 3 3 223 123 72 2nd NOJHL Lost Final
2013–14 56 48 5 1 2 245 102 99 1st NOJHL Lost Final
2014–15 52 48 7 1 6 271 130 83 1st of 4, West
1st of 9, NOJHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 4-0 vs. Blind River Beavers
Won Div. Finals, 4-1 vs. Elliot Lake Wildcats
Won League Finals, 4-1 vs. Cochrane Crunch
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
2015–16 54 47 6 0 1 245 93 95 1st of 6, West
1st of 12, NOJHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 4-0 vs. Soo Eagles
Won Div. Finals, 4-1 vs. Elliot Lake Wildcats
Won League Finals, 4-0 vs. Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Dudley Hewitt Cup[edit]

Central Canada Championships
Winners of the NOJHL, OJHL, SIJHL, and Host
Round robin play with 2nd vs 3rd in semi-final to advance against 1st in the finals.

Year Round Robin Record Standing Semifinal Gold Medal Game
2009 L, Fort William North Stars (SIJHL) 0-2
L, Schreiber Diesels (SIJHL/Host) 0-2
L, Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL) 0-3
0-0-3 4th of 4 Did not advance
2012 OTW, Wisconsin Wilderness (SIJHL) 4-3
W, Thunder Bay North Stars (Host) 4-3
L, Stouffville Spirit (OJHL) 2-10
2-1-0 2nd of 4 W, Thunder Bay North Stars 8-5 W, Stouffville Spirit 5-3
Dudley Hewitt Cup Champions
2015 W, Dryden Ice Dogs (SIJHL) 8-1
W, Fort Frances Lakers (Host) 6-3
OTL, Toronto Patriots (OJHL) 3-4
2-0-1 1st of 4 n/a W, Fort Frances Lakers 6-3
Dudley Hewitt Cup Champions
2016 L, Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) 2-4
W, Fort Frances Lakers 6-5
W, Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (Host) 3-2
2-1-0 2nd of 4 W, Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 4-1 L, Trenton Golden Hawks 0-4

Royal Bank Cup[edit]

CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dudley Hewitt Champions - Central, Fred Page Champions - Eastern, Western Canada Cup Champions - Western, Western Canada Cup - Runners Up and Host
Round robin play with top 4 in semi-final and winners to finals.

Year Round Robin Record Standing Semifinal Gold Medal Game
2012 W, Penticton Vees 2-1
2OTL, Portage Terriers 3-4
L, Humboldt Broncos 0-3
W, Woodstock Slammers 7-4
2-2 2nd of 5 L, Penticton Vees 0-3 n/a
2015 L, Carleton Place Canadians 0-4
L, Melfort Mustangs 3-5
L, Portage Terriers 2-7
L, Penticton Vees 2-5
0-4-0 5th of 5 Did not advance

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ThunderBirds look to restore the lore". Sault This Week. 1 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "FORMER THUNDERBIRD, DAVE ANTONELLO, WALKS DOWN MEMORY LANE; TEAM HOLDING ALUMNI NIGHT MARCH 9". NOJHL. 14 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Thunderbirds Alumni Profile: Carlo DiCandia". EUPnews. 21 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "New Horizons". Junior Hockey News. 26 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "What is next for Soo Thunderbirds hockey staff?". Sault This Week. 10 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Big changes in Soo Thunderbirds organization". Sault Star. 18 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "DOUBLE DUTY FOR SMITH". Junior Hockey News. 1 June 2016. 

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