Thunder Bay Northern Hawks

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Thunder Bay Northern Hawks
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City Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
League Lakehead Junior Hockey League
Founded1999
Home arenaThunder Bay Tournament Centre
Colors Black, Green, and White
            
Owner(s)Frank Filice
General managerJohn Saasto
Head coachCary Brown (2018-19)

The Thunder Bay Northern Hawks are a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They play in the Lakehead Junior Hockey League, formerly the Thunder Bay Junior B Hockey League.

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The Northern Hawks are 10-time Thunder Bay Junior B and Northern Ontario Junior B champions. Thunder Bay are the 2018 Keystone Cup Western Canadian Junior B champions and were runners-up in 2012.

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.

History

The Northern Hawks joined the Thunder Bay Junior B/Juvenile/AAA League in the fall of 1999 playing out of Norwest Arena. The team lost in the Juvenile AAA final to the Thunder Bay Wolves that first season. The 2000-01 season saw the Northern Hawks win the Juvenile AAA Championship and move onto the Ontario Hockey Federation Juvenile AAA championship in Newmarket, Ontario. The Northern Hawks would capture a silver medal at the OHF event, one of Thunder Bay's strongest showings ever.

Thunder Bay North Stars

The Thunder Bay North Stars are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

Ontario Hockey Federation

The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) is the governing body of all sanctioned ice hockey in the province of Ontario in Canada, except for those portions governed by Hockey Northwestern Ontario and the Hockey Eastern Ontario. The federation is one of Hockey Canada's thirteen regional branches.

With the creation of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL), the Northern Hawks moved up to Junior B for the 2001-02 season. The Northern Hawks were Brewers Cup champions in 2003. They won the Junior C tournament in 2003 against comparable teams from across Western Canada, defeating the Airdrie Thunder for the gold medal.

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.

The Brewers Cup was a Junior C ice hockey tournament hosted by Hockey Regina and the Saskatchewan Junior C Hockey League. The winner decided Western Canada Junior "C" champion. The tournament ran from 1992 until 2014.

Airdrie Thunder

The Airdrie Thunder are a Junior "B" Ice Hockey team based in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the North Division of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League (HJHL). They play their home games at Ron Ebbesen Arena.

In 2004 the Hawks won their first Thunder Bay Junior B Hockey League championship and would capture the William Ryan Trophy (Northern Ontario Regional Junior B Hockey Championship) to advance to the Keystone Cup.

The William Ryan Trophy is a Canadian ice hockey series to determine the Northwestern Ontario seed of the Keystone Cup - the Western Canada Junior "B" Hockey championship. Hockey Northwestern Ontario sanctioned league winners play-off for the trophy.

2003-04

The Thunder Bay Northern Hawks finished off the 2003-04 season with one of the best records in Thunder Bay junior hockey history, finishing an undefeated season at 22-0-2. They went on to win the 2004 playoff championship as well defeating the Wawa Travellers of the North of Superior Junior B Hockey League to win the Northern Ontario Regional Junior B Hockey Championship and earn the right to compete for the Keystone Cup.

Wawa Travellers

The Wawa Travellers were a Junior "B" team based out of Wawa, Ontario. They played out of the North of Superior Junior B Hockey League.

North of Superior Junior B Hockey League

The North of Superior Junior B Hockey League (NSHL) is a defunct Junior ice hockey league in Ontario, Canada, sanctioned by Hockey Canada. The league used to be a part of the Northern Ontario Hockey Association.

The 2004 Keystone Cup was hosted by the Aguasabon River Rats of the North of Superior League and Schreiber, Ontario. In the first game, the Northern Hawks throttled Aguasabon 9-3. In the second game, the Hawks tied the Regina Capitals 4-4. Next, the Hawks lost to the Norway House North Stars 6-4, but returned the next game with a 3-1 win over the Red Deer Vipers. The fifth game of the round robin for the Northern Hawks was against the Richmond Sockeyes. Needing a victory to play for the gold medal, the game resulted in a tie. The Northern Hawks faced Red Deer again in their tournament finale, this time for the tournament's bronze medal. The Thunder Bay Northern Hawks lost the game 7-5. From this loss to the end of the 2008 Keystone Cup, no TBJBHL team won a game at the Keystone Cup tournament.

2004-05

The Northern Hawks finished second overall in the 2004-05 season to the Aguasabon River Rats. The River Rats defected from the folding North of Superior League. In the league semifinal, the Northern Hawks defeated the Nipigon Elks 3-games-to-1. This set up a final between the Hawks and River Rats. The Northern Hawks defeated the River Rats 4-games-to-1 to win the league championship. With no other leagues in the region, the Northern Hawks were crowned Northern Ontario Jr. B champions and went on to the 2005 Keystone Cup in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

At the tournament, the first game for the Northern Hawks was a 4-1 loss to the Selkirk Fishermen. Next, the Hawks lost 8-5 to the Medicine Hat Cubs. In the third game, the Hawks were defeated by the Osoyoos Storm 6-2. After that, the Northern Hawks lost to both the Calgary Stampeders and the Saskatoon Royals to close out their tournament winless.

2008-09

The Northern Hawks finished the 2008-09 season in second place in the Thunder Bay Junior B league. With a 14-15-1 record, the Northern Hawks had to begin the 2009 playoffs with a semifinal series against the Nip-Rock Elks, sweeping the series in three games. In the league final, the Northern Hawks were swept in four-straight games by the K&A Wolverines. Because the Wolverines were hosting the Keystone Cup in 2009, the Northern Hawks earned a spot as the Hockey Northwestern Ontario branch representative.

At the Keystone Cup, the Hawks faced the Wolverines in the opening game, losing 6-1. Later that night, the Northern Hawks lost 5-2 to the Prairie Junior Hockey League's Saskatoon Royals. The next day, the Northern Hawks lost to the Keystone Junior Hockey League's St. Malo Warriors 6-2. On the third day, the Northern Hawks lost 6-1 to the North Eastern Alberta Junior B Hockey League's Lloydminster Bandits, which eliminated them from medal contention. In the final round robin game, the Hawks lost 4-2 to the Pacific International Junior Hockey League's Richmond Sockeyes, who would eventually win the Keystone Cup in double overtime over the K&A Wolverines.

2011-12

The Northern Hawks finished first in the league with a 30-2-0 record. They blasted the Schreiber Falcons 3-games-to-none in a lopsided semifinal and then defeated the Nipigon Elks 4-games-to-1 to win the Thunder Bay championship in a hard-fought series. The Northern Hawks shipped out to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the 2012 Keystone Cup. Despite leading 3-1 at one point, the Northern Hawks lost their first game to the Abbotsford Pilots of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League 7-4. The Northern Hawks then went on a tear, defeating the host Saskatoon Royals 6-3, Keystone Junior Hockey League's Arborg Ice Dawgs 7-5, North West Junior Hockey League's Whitecourt Wolverines 7-4, and the Prairie Junior Hockey League's Pilot Butte Storm 3-1 to earn a berth into the gold medal game with a 4-1-0 record. After four hard-fought victories, the Northern Hawks fell to the Pilots in the gold medal game 9-1. The Northern Hawks' silver medal is the league's second in four seasons after failing to medal from 2000 until the Wolverines won silver in 2009.

2013-14

The Northern Hawks finished first in the league again with only one regular season loss and one playoff loss. They took out the Schreiber Falcons 4-games-to-none in the semifinals. They then went on to demolish the Stars in the finals, 4-games-to-1, earning a berth into the Keystone Cup in Abbotsford BC. Opening the tournament with a win over Manitoba branch champion, Selkirk Fishermen 2-1, the Hawks next defeated the Saskatoon Quakers 4-3. The Hawks would fall to the Abbotsford Pilots, Beaver Valley Nite Hawks, and Blackfalds Wranglers in the round robin. Finishing fourth the Hawks earned a spot into the bronze medal game, where they came up short and lost 4-3, ending the tournament in 4th place.

2014-15

Winning their sixth-straight TBJBHL championship with a record of 28-1-1, the Northern Hawks swept the Schreiber Falcons and Thunder Bay North Stars in four games each series. At the Keystone Cup, Thunder Bay would go 2-2-1 in round robin play to earn their spot in the Bronze Medal Game. In a goal-filled game the Northern Hawks would fall to the Saskatoon Quakers 5-4 to finish in fourth place at the Western Canada Junior B championship.

Season-by-season standings

SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPtsResultsPlayoffs
2000-01309165---234th, TBJBHL
2001-02222191---53rd, TBJBHL
2002-032410104---243rd, TBJBHL
2003-04242202-19652461st, TBJBHLWon league, 4th at Keystone Cup
2004-05241374-12683302nd, TBJBHLWon league; 6th at Keystone Cup
2005-063014133-178130313rd, TBJBHLLost Final
2006-07302046-212101462nd, TBJBHLLost Final
2007-08302064-19798442nd, TBJBHLLost Final
2008-093014151-120115292nd, TBJBHLLost Final; 6th at Keystone Cup
2009-10302730-22281541st, TBJBHLWon league; 6th at Keystone Cup
2010-11302532-19681521st, TBJBHLWon league; 6th at Keystone Cup
2011-12323020-25865601st, TBJBHLWon league; Silver at Keystone Cup
2012-13322741-27065551st, TBJBHLWon league; 5th at Keystone Cup
2013-14302712-18631561st, TBJBHLWon league
4th at Keystone Cup
2014-15302811-18951571st, TBJBHLWon Semifinals, 4-0 (Falcons)
Won League finals, 4-0 (Stars)
4th at Keystone Cup
2015-16302162-15977442nd, TBJBHLWon Semifinals, 4-1 (Elks)
Won League Finals 4-2 (Stars)
6th at Keystone Cup
2016-17301785-178105392nd, LJHLWon Semifinals, 4-0 (Falcons)
Lost League Finals 1-4 (Elks)
2017-18281477-218116352nd, LJHLWon Semifinals, 4-3 (Elks)
Won LJHL Finals 4-1 (Fighting Walleye)

Won Keystone Cup

2018-19302361-21890471st of 4
Won Semifinals, 4-0 (Falcons)
Won LJHL Finals 4-1 (Fighting Walleye)
advance to Keystone Cup

Keystone Cup history

Western Canadian Jr. B Championships (Northern Ontario to British Columbia)

YearRound RobinRecordStandingBronze Medal GameGold Medal Game
2014W, Selkirk 2-1
L, Abbotsford 1-5
W, Saskatoon 4-3
L, Blackfalds 4-8
L, Beaver Valley 0-4
2-3-04th of 6L, Blackfalds Wranglers 3-4Beaver Valley Nitehawks 5,
Abbotsford Pilots 1
2015T, Selkirk 3-3
W, Cold Lake 3-1
L, Saskatoon 3-4
L, Campbell Rvr 2-5
W, N Edmonton 5-1
2-2-14th of 6L, Saskatoon Quakers 4-5 Campbell River Storm 6

North Edmonton Red Wings 3

2016W, 100 Mi Hse 3-0
L, North Peace 2-4
L, Regina 1-4
L, Saskatoon 0-14
L, Peguis 4-8
1-5-06th of 6 North Peace Navigators 5-OT
Regina Capitals 4
100 Mile House Wranglers 3-OT
Saskatoon Quakers 2
2018(A)W, St. Malo Warriors 7-1
W, Peguis Juniors 6-5
W, Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye 9-3
3-0-01st of 4n/aW, Peguis Juniors 5-2
Keystone Cup champions
2019(A)tbd, Cross Lake Islanders 0-0
tbd, Peguis Juniors 0-0
tbd, Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye 0-0
0-0-0??? of 4n/atbd
Preceded by
Wainwright Bisons
Keystone Cup Champions
2018 & 2019
Succeeded by
incumbent

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