Former Soo Thunderbird defenseman Brandon Grandinetti will be continuing his hockey career in the fall of 2017 when the Sault Ste Marie, Ontario native will join the University of Waterloo Warriors of USports. The 2016 Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Scholastic Player of Year spent three seasons with his hometown Thunderbirds from 2013 – 2016.
During the 2016 – 2017 Greater Ontario Hockey League season, the 20 year old blueliner played for the Kitchener Dutchmen where he wore the ‘A’ while attending the University of Waterloo majoring in Kinesiology. From 2013 – 2016 in 135 regular season games with the Thunderbirds, the 5’10” and 165 lbs defenseman had five goals and 37 assists along with two goals and 14 helpers in 32 post – season games with the NOJHL Sault Ste Marie, Ontario junior ‘A’ based franchise. During the 2016 – 2017 regular season, the 2017 Midwestern Conference Defensive Player for the month for January, Grandinetti had 12 goals and 27 contributors in 49 games. In 11 play – off match – ups, the 20 year old added one goal and added four more helpers while tallying a total of 76 penalty minutes throughout the 2016 – 2017 season. During his junior career with the Thunderbirds, the Sault Ste Marie native made two Dudley Hewitt Cup appearances while helping the Thunderbirds to a central region championship in the spring of 2015 while also playing in a national championship in 2015 at the RBC Cup in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
Grandinetti told Saultsports that “It’s very exciting for me, my goal was to play college hockey ever since I started playing junior so I am very pleased that my hard work and dedication has paid off. I’m very grateful for Coach Brian Bourque giving me the opportunity to continue my hockey career and I can’t wait to get started. I’d like to give some recognition to my coaches especially Jordan Smith, Ryan Maunu, Jeremy Rebek and Kyle Brick who I played for three seasons in Sault Ste Marie and helped my game develop immensely, relaying their knowledge and always pushing me to constantly improve.”
I would also like to thank my coaches in Kitchener, Greg Bignell and Corey McCrae who really gave me the confidence to develop my game especially offensively this season. I obviously need to thank all of my teammates as well, for always pushing me in practice and making the rink my favourite place to be. Lastly but certainly not least, I’d like to thank my family for the endless support over the years and always taking the time to make Road trips to see me play. I have a long summer of training ahead, but I am eagerly awaiting putting on the black and gold” said Brandon.