|Albert Lea Thunder|
|City:||Albert Lea, Minnesota|
|Home Arena:||Albert Lea City Arena|
|Colors:||Navy Blue and Tan|
|2008-2010:||Albert Lea Thunder|
The Albert Lea Thunder were a Tier II Junior A ice hockey team in the North American Hockey League's Central Division. The team was an expansion franchise for the 2008-2009 season and played their home games at the Albert Lea City Arena in Albert Lea, Minnesota.
The Franchise joined the North American Hockey League for the 2008-2009 season with Chicago businessman Jim Perkins and Barry Soskin as owners. Soskin is the owner of NJHL independent Junior teams the Findlay Grrrowl and Pittsburgh Cougars, as well as the former owner of the ECHL Toledo Storm and CHL Nashville Nighthawks.
On November 18, 2009, reports came out that the Thunder were engaging in "pay to play," or taking money to guarantee players' spots on the team. A total of 8 players where named. The organization was facing a $400,000 fine from the NAHL
On December 7th, 2009, the NAHL issued following statement:
- The North American Hockey League’s Board of Governors today voted to terminate the Albert Lea membership. The league is now involved in addressing a number of transition issues regarding the future operations of the team. The league will work to stabilize the team as quickly as possible. 
Despite the scandal, the Thunder mounted a late-season comeback and made the playoffs for the first time in team history in 2010.
Regular season recordsEdit
|2008-09||58||4||49||5||13||112||309||1,497||5th, Central Division|
|2009-10||58||19||34||5||43||153||231||1,345||4th, Central Division|
|2009||Did Not Qualify|
|2010||3||0||3||0||5||18||68||Lost in 1st Round|
|North American Hockey League|
|East Division||Aston Rebels • Janesville Jets • Johnstown Tomahawks • New Jersey Jr Titans • Springfield Jr. Blues • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights|
|South Division||Amarillo Bulls • Corpus Christi IceRays • Lone Star Brahmas • Odessa Jackalopes • Topeka Roadrunners • Wichita Falls Wildcats|
|Central Division||Aberdeen Wings • Austin Bruins • Brookings Blizzard • Bismarck Bobcats • Minot Minotauros|
|Midwest Division||Coulee Region Chill • Fairbanks Ice Dogs • Kenai River Brown Bears • Minnesota Magicians • Minnesota Wilderness|
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