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Confirmed teams are New Balance Old the Eagles, Thunderbirds, Blind River Beavers and Sud bury Cubs of the NOJHL, the Dudley Hewitt Cup champion Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League and the Traverse City North Stars of the North American Hockey League.
The Eagles, Thunderbirds and Sudbury were the top three teams in the NOJHL during the 2010 11 season.
"We are excited about putting on the Labour Day tournament and the fact that it not only features us, the Thunderbirds, Blind River and what should be a very good Sudbury team, but Wellington and Traverse City as well. We think it's going to be great for Soo hockey fans on both sides of the river."
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All three teams will no doubt be contenders again come the 2011 12 NOJHL season.
"It's not like we created a spot for Kurtis because of Albert," Cain said evenly. "Kurtis could have signed with a number of other Junior A teams down south. He's a good player and he's an OHL draft pick. He has made his own way."
The 6 foot 1, 175 lb. Giommi is coming off a fairly impressive 2010 11 season with the AAA midget Soo North Stars.
based on his own abilities.
wingers formerly of the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League: Jordan Carroll and Jamie Haines.
round of the playoffs, the Eagles then upended Sudbury in the finals to win the NOJHL crown.
Eagles boss Bragagnolo said he is "very much looking ahead" to the upcoming season.
The Thunderbirds have added to their forward depth by signing 1994 birth year right winger Kurtis Giommi to an NOJHL card.
And the Birds added a new No. 1 goalie when they acquired highly regarded 20 year old Detroit area product John Kleinhans in a cash exchange with the arch rival Eagles.
Of note, Giommi's father, Albert, is president of the Thunderbirds and one of the team's initial investors from when the franchise joined the NOJHL in 1999. But Cain said the younger Giommi is a Thunderbird New Balance Shoes Uk Sale
The Labour Day Weekend Tournament, which is being co ordinated by Eagles coach general manager Bruno Bragagnolo and Thunderbirds GM Kevin Cain, will serve as a prelude to the 2011 12 season for the Twin Soo rivals.
Thunderbirds general manager Kevin Cain is a fan of the way Giommi plays as well as his work ethic.
As for Giommi's off ice habits, Cain said: "In this day and age, you have to work out year round to stand out and that's certainly the case with Kurtis."
Six teams will make up the tournament, which will be staged at the venerable Pullar.
Thunderbirds and Eagles have had an active off season as well.
Giommi scored 13 goals and added 10 assists in just 24 regular season games and added another four tallies and three more helpers in nine playoff tilts.
The Eagles, on the other hand, have signed a number of top players from their 10 11 championship team including high scoring forwards Brian Depp, Brock Raffaele and Travis Payne.
Sudbury, in particular, has loaded up for a run at the NOJHL title, having added a number of veteran skaters including a pair of 20 year old left New Balance White People
A 2010 OHL draft pick of the Sudbury Wolves, Giommi reportedly had opportunities to sign with Jr. A teams in southern Ontario but opted to remain home and play for the Th underbirds.
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Thunderbirds have brought 20 year old centre Matt Amadio and 19 year old defence man Dylan Connolly back into the fold. Both began their junior careers with the Birds before moving away to play Jr. A hockey elsewhere.
"Kurtis is a young guy with a ton of upside," said Cain. "He is a physical player who usually goes through opponents instead of around them."
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