|Thunder Bay Bearcats|
|City||Thunder Bay, Ontario|
|League||Superior International Junior Hockey League|
|Home arena||Fort William First Nations Arena|
|Colours||Burgundy, Yellow, and White|
|General manager||Ian Swalucynski|
|Head coach||Vern Ray|
|2001-2002||First Nations Featherman Hawks|
|2002-2003||Nipigon Featherman Hawks|
|2003-2006||K&A First Nations Golden Hawks|
|2006-2009||Thunder Bay Bearcats|
The Thunder Bay Bearcats were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. They were a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.
Thunder Bay is a city in, and the seat of, Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Canada. It is the most populous municipality in Northwestern Ontario with a population of 107,909 as of the Canada 2016 Census, and the second most populous in Northern Ontario after Greater Sudbury. Located on Lake Superior, the census metropolitan area of Thunder Bay has a population of 121,621, and consists of the city of Thunder Bay, the municipalities of Oliver Paipoonge and Neebing, the townships of Shuniah, Conmee, O'Connor, and Gillies, and the Fort William First Nation.
Ontario is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada and is located in east-central Canada. It is Canada's most populous province accounting for 38.3 percent of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth-largest in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included. It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto, which is also Ontario's provincial capital.
The team was founded in 2001 with the Superior International Junior Hockey League as the K&A First Nations Featherman Hawks. After one season they moved to Nipigon and became Nipigon Featherman Hawks. The next season they moved back to Thunder Bay and became the K&A First Nations Golden Hawks.
The Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) is a Junior A ice hockey league that belongs to the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and Hockey Canada. Winners of the SIJHL playoffs compete for the Dudley Hewitt Cup against the winners of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup then moves on to compete for the Royal Bank Cup.
In 2006, the team was bought and renamed the Thunder Bay Bearcats. The Bearcats moniker was a prominent team name in the region in the 1950s.
In 2008, the Bearcats absorbed the Thunder Bay Bulldogs to resurrect and improve the city's Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA program.
The Thunder Bay Bulldogs were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from the Port Arthur section of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. They were a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.
In May 2009, the Bearcats did not attend the league's AGM and it soon came out that the team was disbanding.
|2004-05||48||15||27||5||1||142||202||36||4th SIJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2005-06||52||14||34||2||2||202||270||32||4th SIJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2006-07||50||29||17||1||3||250||201||62||3rd SIJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2007-08||50||33||16||1||0||213||147||67||3rd SIJHL||Lost Semi-final|
|2008-09||50||33||11||-||6||221||142||72||2nd SIJHL||Lost Final|
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