Thornhill Thunderbirds

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Thornhill Thunderbirds
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City Thornhill, Ontario
League Mid-Ontario Jr. B/
Central Jr. B
Operated 1975 (1975)-1984
Home arena Thornhill Community Centre
Colours Red, Black, and White

The Thornhill Thunderbirds were a Canadian Junior "B" ice hockey team from Thornhill, Ontario. They played in the Central Junior B Hockey League.

Canada Country in North America

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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Thornhill, Ontario Suburban district in York, Ontario, Canada

Thornhill is a suburban community in the Regional Municipality of York in Ontario, Canada. It is split between the cities of Vaughan and Markham, lying along the north border of Toronto, centred on Yonge Street. Once a police village, Thornhill is now a community and postal designation. According to the 2001 Census, Thornhill-Vaughan's population was 56,361, and the population of Thornhill-Markham was 47,333. It is immediately south and south-west of Richmond Hill.

History

The Thornhill Thunderbirds were a junior hockey team in Ontario. The team existed in two phases. The first was a Junior B team that started in the Mid-Ontario Junior B league. After the league folded in 1978, the team moved to the Central Junior B league, where it folded after the 1984 season.

Mid-Ontario Junior B Hockey League

The Mid-Ontario Junior B Hockey League was a Junior "B" ice hockey league based in Southern Ontario. They were sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Association and Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, and competed for the All-Ontario Junior "B" title, the Sutherland Cup.

A second Thornhill Thunderbirds team is now known as the Mississauga Chargers. Hockey returned to Thornill in 1988, when the Metro Junior B Richmond Hill Dukes moved to Thornhill again assuming the Thunderbirds nickname. In 1990 that team merged with the Markham Connection (which had been known as the Markham Travelways from 1983 until 1989), and for one year were named the Markham Thunderbirds. In 1991 they returned to their Thornhill Thunderbirds name for one season. In 1992, they moved to Mississauga.

Mississauga Chargers

The Mississauga Chargers are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Ontario Junior A Hockey League. They are the product of a 1990 merger of two former Metro Junior B franchises, the Thornhill Thunderbirds and the Markham Connection. After the 1990 merger the team spent one year in Markham known as the Markham Thunderbirds, and in 1991 they returned to their Thornhill Thunderbirds name for one season. In 1992, the team moved to Mississauga. As a member of the Metro Junior A Hockey League they participated for 3 seasons. They left for the OPJHL in 1995. They have had a glim past few years, but in the 2007-08 season they saw a rare light when team captain Bruce Crawford lead the entire OPJHL in scoring (41-57-98).

Thornhill Thunderbirds Junior "B"

SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPResultsPlayoffs
1975-76 36 7 23 6 - 131 218 20 7th MOJBHL
1976-77 40 20 17 3 - 207 198 43 2nd MOJBHL Lost Final
1977-78 32 14 15 3 - 171 196 31 3rd MOJBHL
1978-79 44 14 22 8 - -- -- 36 8th CJBHL
1979-80 44 14 28 2 - 196 263 30 10th CJBHL
1980-81 44 18 24 2 - 242 272 38 8th CJBHL
1981-82 40 20 16 4 - 226 185 44 5th CJBHL
1982-83 42 14 23 5 - 189 211 33 6th CJBHL
1983-84 40 9 27 4 - 151 244 22 9th CJBHL

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