Fort Frances Thunderhawks
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City: Fort Frances, Ontario
League: Hockey Northwestern Ontario
Founded: 2009 (2009)
Home Arena: Fort Frances Memorial Sports Center
Colors: Red, Black, and White
Head Coach: Randy White, Larry Beck, Greg Madill, Greg Ross
General Manager: Dean Bruyere

The Fort Frances Thunderhawks are a Canadian Senior ice hockey club from Fort Frances, Ontario. They are eligible to compete for the Allan Cup.

History[edit | edit source]

The Thunderhawks were founded in 2009 and are the namesake of the Fort Frances Borderland Thunder, a former local team that played in the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

The expansion of the Thunderhawks into the Northwestern Ontario region puts them in direct competition with the already established Kenora Thistles and the 2005 Allan Cup Champion Thunder Bay K&A Twins. Additionally, a third team in the region allows for the potential for the first senior league in the region since the 1980s.

On November 10, 2009, the Thunderhawks played their first ever game. In Fort Frances, the Thunderhawks dropped a 7-6 decision in a shootout to the Kenora Thistles. At the event they honoured local Senior history with an opening ceremony celebrating the 1952 Allan Cup victory by the Fort Frances Canadians. On December 4, 2009, the Thunderhawks celebrated their first ever win by defeating the Thunder Bay K&A Twins 6-5 at home.

The Thunderhawks entered the 2010 HNO Gary Cook Cup tournament on March 11, 2010 for the regional senior championship. In their first game they tied the Kenora Thistles 3-3. The next night the Thunderhawks trailed the Thunder Bay K&A Twins 5-0 in the third period, only to rally and tie the Twins 5-5. It looked as if the Thunderhawks (0-0-2) would be a surprise berth into the tournament final, but at the last minute the Twins filed a protest over a Thunderhawks player. The protest was upheld by the HNO who overturned both of Fort Frances's results, despite the issue seeming to be a clerical error done by the HNO itself, which eliminated the Thunderhawks from the tournament.

Season-by-season standings[edit | edit source]

Season GP W L T OL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
2009-10 10 3 6 - 1 29 56 7 3rd none
2010 Gary Cook Cup 2 0 2 - 0 8 0 3rd eliminated in round robin after forfeiting both games due to ineligible player
2010-11 5 1 3 - 1 18 25 3 2nd None
2011 Gary Cook Cup 1 1 0 - 0 5 3 2 1st Won Gary Cook Cup ( in Allan Cup Semifinal)
2011 Allan Cup 4 1 3 0 - 11 19 2 3rd D-2 Lost Semifinal
2011-12 2 1 1 - 0 5 15 2 T-1st None
2012 Gary Cook Cup - - - - - - - - - Suspend operations due to a lack of players being able to commit for series

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