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One things looks clear. Next year's team won't be as lacking in veterans as this one was.
This weekend, the team will hold three days of camp at the John Rhodes Community Centre where 40 50 players will strut their stuff for Thunderbirds brass.
Despite that, the Soo team finished second in the regular season with a record of 33 9 3 3, three points behind the North Bay Trappers, and second in the playoffs, after losing to North Bay in a seven game series.
Solid goaltending from Joel Horodziejczyk, 18, and Steve Dombrowski, 20, though not a surprise, certainly helped this season, said Cain.
Cain said that was big plus. works pretty much harder than everybody else, and I think it was just more of an opportunity. He got more power play time and he just worked with good people and he took advantage of that, said Cain.
this year and blasted their way through a perfect playoff run to a Great North Midget League championship, on their way to hosting the 2013 Telus Cup Midget AAA National Championships, which wrapped up at the end of April.
Birds to look for new coach
this fall should see more than that return, exactly how many veterans stay on is always a question mark, said Cain.
Kevin Cain, the team's general manager, said he doesn't expect the Thunderbirds to have selected a new head coach by this weekend's open training camp, though he said the hockey club will be looking for a new bench boss.
Part of the team's success was three year veteran Darcy Casola's emergence as a scoring force notching 24 goals and 34 assists in 48 games.
The Thunderbirds ended their season with a semifinal loss Friday in North Bay at the Dudley Hewitt Cup. The Minnesota Wilderness went on to win the central region Jr.
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Cain, who played double duty as coach and GM for the latter part of the season after the team released head coach Warren LaVoy with eight games left in the regular season.
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This season was a bit of a question mark when it began. The Thunderbirds, fresh from their first ever trip to the national championships, saw themselves with fewer than a half dozen returning players, and only three 20 year olds, come fall.
A week after their season came to an end, the Soo Thunderbirds will take a look at a new crop of players.
really interested in having as many local kids as possible form our team once September comes, said Cain. they had a really good team and a really good year and we're hoping we have some of those kids wind up here to play with us. T Birds main camp will take place later in the summer.
the age and experience of the majority of the players, I thought the season went extremely well, said Cain.
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