Two more for the Birds

Another day. Another pair of returning commitments.

Trev Zachary

Soo Thunderbirds general manager Trev Zachary has confirmed to Hockey News North that veteran forwards Avery Rebek and Kurtis Rogers will be returning to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League team for another season.

The return of Rebek and Rogers follows the day earlier confirmation of two other veteran forwards for the 2020-2021 NOJHL season.

Rebek netted 15 goals, 27 assists, 42 points for the Thunderbirds in 2019-2020 while Rogers chipped in with 11-3-14 totals.

Rebek has a 2000 birth date while Rogers was born in 2001.

Both are local products as are the two players who made earlier commitments — forwards Cooper Smyl and Brock Santa Maria.

Smyl produced 16 goals, 15 assists, 31 points for the Thunderbirds in 2019-2020 while Santa Maria came through with 7-12-19 numbers.

Both Smyl and Santa Maria have 2002 birth dates.

Randy Russon
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Hockey News North strives to serve as an insightful look into amateur hockey at the minor, junior and college levels. Seasoned Sault Ste. Marie sportswriter Randy Russon is a featured columnist for Hockey News North. Randy Russon’s media career began in October, 1975 at CKCY Radio in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. He joined Sault This Week in February, 1982 and has been its primary sportswriter ever since. Besides writing for Sault This Week and Hockey News North, Russon hosts the weekly Hockey North Show on ESPN 1400 Radio.

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