It is the next step in development.
Local lad Connor Toms is moving up from the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League to the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.
The Greyhounds have confirmed the signing of the 5-foot-11, 160 pound defenseman who they selected in the third round of the 2020 OHL priority selections draft.
“Connor can mobilize offense from anywhere on the ice due to his composure and elusiveness with the puck. This, coupled with his elite skating ability allows him to be a proficient two-way defender. Connor’s going to be a huge addition to our blue-line for years to come,” relayed Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis.
Toms spent the abbreviated 2020-2021 season in the NOJHL as a prime time performer for the Thunderbirds and netted four goals, 14 assists, 18 points in 19 games.
The son of former Greyhound Jeff Toms, who won a Memorial Cup with the Soo in 1993 as a productive left winger, the youngster is living a dream, so to speak.
“Playing for the Greyhounds has been a dream of mine ever since I started playing minor hockey in the Soo. I am thankful for this opportunity and excited to get started, and I wish the season started tomorrow,” the younger Toms said.