Thunder Bay Hornets

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Thunder Bay Hornets
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City Thunder Bay, Ontario
League Thunder Bay Junior Hockey League/
Manitoba Junior Hockey League
Operated 1982 (1982)-1986
Home arena Fort William Gardens
Colours Red, Yellow, White
            

The Thunder Bay Hornets were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. At their height, they won two consecutive Bronze Medals at the Western Canadian Junior B Championships - the Keystone Cup and later were in competition for the National Junior A Championship, the Centennial Cup, as members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

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History

The Hornets were formed in 1982 to provide a Junior B team to the Thunder Bay-region. In their first year, they joined the Junior B Schreiber North Stars and the Junior A Thunder Bay Kings to form the Hockey Thunder Bay League -- the region's only Junior league.

The Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League (TBJHL) was a Canadian Junior ice hockey league that existed from c. 1920 to 1980. The TBJHL operated in Northwestern Ontario, primarily in the Thunder Bay region.

In both seasons in the TBJHL, the Hornets would win the City Junior B Crown but fall to the Thunder Bay Kings in the City Junior Finals. In 1983, the Hornets travelled to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to compete for the Keystone Cup. Up against the Portage Terriers and Selkirk Fishermen of the Manitoba Junior B Hockey League as well as the Saskatoon Westleys from the North Saskatchewan Junior B Hockey League. The Hornets would finish with a Bronze medal. In 1984, the Keystone Cup was hosted by the Schreiber North Stars in Schreiber, Ontario. Portage and Selkirk would be the two other teams. Both Ontario teams were badly outplayed by the Manitoba teams, but they would meet in the Bronze Medal game won by the Hornets 8-4.

Keystone Cup

The Keystone Cup is the Junior B ice hockey championship and trophy for Western Canada. The championship is the culmination of the champions of 12 hockey leagues in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario.

Portage Terriers

The Portage Terriers are a Canadian junior "A" ice hockey team from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. They are members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, a part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League.

The Selkirk Fishermen are a junior "B" ice hockey team based in Selkirk, Manitoba. They are members of the Capital Region Junior Hockey League (CRJHL). The franchise was founded in 1917. They are the longest running junior hockey team in Canada.

In 1984, the Kings were granted expansion into the American Junior A United States Hockey League and renamed themselves the Thunder Bay Flyers. With no real competition in the area, the Hornets took a chance and applied for entry into the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, a Junior A league in the neighbouring province to the West. The Hornets were accepted and were granted the right to be the Thunder Bay Amateur Hockey Association's Junior A representation instead of the Flyers. After a .500 record in their first season, finishing 3rd in the South Division, the Hornets were put out early in the MJHL playoffs. In 1985-86, the Hornets fell seven games below .500 for 4th in the South and the same playoff result. In the Flyers first two years in the USHL, they were equally dismal.

United States Hockey League ice hockey league, founded 1947

The United States Hockey League (USHL) is the top junior ice hockey league sanctioned by USA Hockey. The USHL has 17 member teams located in the Midwestern United States, consisting of players who are 20 years of age and younger. The USHL is strictly amateur, allowing former players to compete in NCAA college hockey.

Thunder Bay Flyers

The Thunder Bay Flyers were a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

Manitoba Junior Hockey League

The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is a Junior 'A' ice hockey league operating in the Canadian province of Manitoba and one of eleven member leagues of the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL).

After 1986, the Hornets took leave of the MJHL and eventually disbanded. This allowed for the Thunder Bay Flyers to stack their rosters with local talent instead of share. From 1987 onward, the TBAHA would allow the Flyers to represent the region in the Centennial Cup playdowns in place of the Hornets (after they officially disbanded). The Flyers would go on to win two Clark Cups as American Champions and two Centennial Cups as Canadian Junior A Champions.

Season-by-season records

SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPResultsPlayoffs
1982-83 24 5 18 1 - 77 149 11 3rd TBJHL Lost Final, Bronze at KC
1983-84 19 11 8 0 - 117 78 22 2nd TBJHL Lost Final, Bronze at KC
1984-85 48 24 24 0 - 280 269 48 3rd MJHL-S Lost Quarter-final
1985-86 48 20 27 1 - 232 254 41 4th MJHL-S Lost Quarter-final

Playoffs

TBJHL Years

Thunder Bay Hornets defeated Schreiber North Stars 4-games-to-1CITY JR. B CHAMPIONS
Thunder Bay Kings defeated Thunder Bay Hornets 3-games-to-none
Third in Keystone Cup round robin WESTERN CANADA JR. B BRONZE MEDALLISTS
Thunder Bay Hornets defeated Thunder Bay Maple Leafs 2-games-to-1CITY JR. B CHAMPIONS
Thunder Bay Kings defeated Thunder Bay Hornets 4-games-to-1 with 1 tie
Third in Keystone Cup round robin (1-3)
Thunder Bay Hornets defeated Schreiber North Stars 8-4WESTERN CANADA JR. B BRONZE MEDALLISTS

MJHL Years

St. James Canadians defeated Thunder Bay Hornets 4-games-to-2
Winnipeg South Blues defeated Thunder Bay Hornets 4-games-to-none

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