Thunder Bay Bulldogs

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Thunder Bay Bulldogs
Thunder Bay Bulldogs.jpg
City Thunder Bay, Ontario
League Superior International Junior Hockey League
Operated2001 (2001)-2008
Home arena Port Arthur Arena
Colours Burgundy, Blue, and White
General manager Jason Stajkowski
Head coach Greg Batters

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.

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

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.

Port Arthur was a city in Northern Ontario, Canada, located on Lake Superior. In January 1970 it amalgamated with Fort William and the townships of Neebing and McIntyre to form the city of Thunder Bay.

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History

The Thunder Bay Bulldogs, sometimes referred to as the Port Arthur Bulldogs, were founded with the inception of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

Superior International Junior Hockey League

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.

Both the 2001-02 and 2002-03 season were winning seasons for the Bulldogs, with the 2002-03 season having them finish in second place overall. Despite a record of 31 wins, 15 losses, 3 ties, and 3 losses in overtime, the Bulldogs were unable to displace the Fort Frances Borderland Thunders for the 2003 Bill Salonen Cup.

Fort Frances Borderland Thunder

The Borderland Thunder are a defunct Junior "A" ice hockey team from Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada. They were a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

In 2003, their crosstown rivals, the Fort William North Stars, started picking up momentum. For two seasons, the Port Arthur squad dominated while Fort William tried to keep up. In 2003, the Bulldogs fell apart while the North Stars began a season that would leave them in 2006 as three-time defending league champions.

From 2003 until 2008, the Bulldogs never had more than 15 wins in a season.

In 2008, it was decided that the Bulldogs should fold into the Thunder Bay Bearcats franchise. Dropping from three to two Thunder Bay clubs was done in an effort to resurrect the Thunder Bay Kings Midget AAA program that had to cease in 2007.

Thunder Bay Bearcats ice hockey team

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.

Season-by-season results

Forward Myles Stevens (2008) Thunder Bay Bulldogs Myles Stevens.jpg
Forward Myles Stevens (2008)
SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPResultsPlayoffs
2001-0248242130216198514th SIJHL
2002-0352311533257207682nd SIJHL
2003-0448152544165236384th SIJHL
2004-05482402472361105th SIJHLDNQ
2005-065294111138340205th SIJHLDNQ
2006-0750133421193309295th SIJHLDNQ
2007-085093830111212216th SIJHLLost Quarter-final

Playoffs

Fort Frances Borderland Thunder defeated Thunder Bay Bulldogs 4-games-to-3
Dudley Hewitt Cup

The Dudley Hewitt Cup is a championship ice hockey trophy awarded to the Central Canadian Junior A Champion. The trophy is currently decided by round robin tournament format, at the conclusion of the playoffs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, and Superior International Junior Hockey League, to determine the central seed to the Royal Bank Cup. The Royal Bank Cup is the Canadian National Junior A Championship and is only competed for by teams within the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

Thunder Bay Bulldogs defeated Fort William Wolves 4-games-to-1
Fort Frances Borderland Thunder defeated Thunder Bay Bulldogs 4-games-to-1
Fourth and eliminated from Dudley Hewitt Cup round robin
Fort William North Stars defeated Thunder Bay Bulldogs 4-games-to-none
Thunder Bay Bearcats defeated Thunder Bay Bulldogs 3-games-to-none

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