Thistles Announce 2023/2024 Roster

With the 2023/2024 U18 ‘AAA’ Kenora Thistles main selection camp now concluded, team coaching staff have selected this years’ roster. 

The roster, which can be found on page two, is full of mostly new faces with only four returning players. (That does not include two players who played in a few U18 games in 2022/2023 as AP players.)

Assistant Coach Cam Novak says with the players now picked, the Thistles will be a competitive team. “We have a lot of size, speed, skill…we have a lot of everything…younger guys, older guys…it’s a good group.”

Of the 20 players selected, six call Kenora home and 14 are coming from other communities like Thunder Bay, Dryden, Fort Frances and Sioux Lookout. 

A total of 40 skaters and nine goalies were at selection camp in Keewatin over the weekend, coming from all corners of northwestern Ontario. 

The regular Manitoba U18 ‘AAA’ Hockey League season will begin for the Thistles at the end of September, and is set to run until February. 

Following the conclusion of the regular season and playoffs, the team will head to Thunder Bay in March for Hockey Northwestern Ontario Branch Playdowns. 

 

Forwards: 

James Bichon

Cole Bodnar*

Tallen Caron

Cohl Elliott*

Hudson Gagne*

Bo Gartzke*

Jeremy Hutchison*

Cayson Lambert*

Callum McCormick*

Jack Noel*

Carter Peters

Jackson Tucker*

 

Defence: 

Alex Booth*

Wyatt Greer

Cash Lappage*

Reidar Paquette*

Reid Pitura

Brady Richards*

 

Goalies:

Morgan Blackwood*

James Hill

* denotes out-of-town players