Thunderbirds add forwards to rosterSaturday, August 24, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
With less than a week until the Soo Thunderbirds open up their exhibition schedule in Elliot Lake, the team has added a pair of players to their roster that were not initially named to the team.
The team has added forwards Matt Mitchell and Brock McAfee to the roster heading into the weekend tournament that opens up on Aug. 30.
Mitchell had 13 goals and 28 points in 34 games last season in the Great North Midget League with the Soo North Stars. The winger played an integral role in the North Stars 2012-13 season that saw the team lose just one game in regulation time during the regular season and advance to the Central Region TELUS Cup.
Mitchell served as the North Stars captain last season.
McAfee spent last season with the Owen Sound Jr. Attack Major Midget team.
The two additions leave 31 players remaining on the Thunderbirds as they prepare for a weekend pre-season tournament in Elliot Lake next weekend where they will compete against the host Bobcats, Blind River Beavers and North Bay Trappers.
The Thunderbirds current roster includes:
- Goaltenders (3): Joel Horodziejczyk, Brian Kment, Devin Tappenden
- Defencemen (11): Brandon Grandinetti, Owen Headrick, Jacob Holden, Tyler Jones, A.J. Kapcheck,, Mike Kowicki, Daniel Pyymaki, David Radke, Shane Snow, Jeremy Solomon, Fraser Turner
- Forwards (17): Derek Battagin, Jaren Bellini, Riley Bordin, Tyler Brown, Gavin Burbach, Anthony Butorac, Nate Fitzpatrick, Nathan Hebert, Eric Hillock, Brett Jeffries, Brock McAfee, Anthony Miller, Joey Miller, Matt Mitchell, Nicholas Tassone, Kyle Teneyck, Matt Zalewski