HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed the roster for the new Soo Thunderbirds minor midget team that will debut as part of the nine-member Great North Midget Hockey League this 2017-2018 season.
According to Soo minor midget head coach Jamie Henderson, the roster is as follows.
FORWARDS: Michael Neveau, Michael Chaffay, Hunter Rheaume, Jacob Sewell, Brock Santa Maria, Issac Parise, Jason McCormick, Justin Mauro, Travis Dowhaniuk, Nathan Fortin, Cooper Smyl, Ty Zachary.
DEFENSEMEN: Beau Neveau, Jack Matier, Mateo Perri, Colton Smithers, Nathan Headrick.
GOALIES: Noah Zeppa, Tyler Greco.
All players have 2002 birth dates with the exception of Matier, who was born in 2003.
As an underage player, Matier needed the permission of the Sault Major Hockey Association to try out for the minor midget team. And not only did Sault Major grant Matier permission to try out, the youngster subsequently made the team.
However, Sault Major has since done an about face and refused to give Matier his release to play minor midget, wanting him to play at the bantam level instead.
The Matier family has subsequently appealed Sault Major’s decision to the Northern Ontario Hockey Association.
Following is how the Great North Midget Hockey League will align for the 2017-2018 season.
MAJOR MIDGET DIVISION: Kapuskasing Flyers, New Liskeard Cubs, North Bay Trappers, Soo Greyhounds, Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves, Timmins Majors.
MINOR MIDGET DIVISION: North Bay Trappers, Soo Thunderbirds, Sudbury Wolves.