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The Superior International Junior Hockey League is a Tier II Junior "A" ice hockey league based out of the Thunder Bay, Ontario area. The SIJHL is sanctioned under Hockey Northwestern Ontario and Hockey Canada and is a charter member of the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.

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History

Although founded in 2001, the SIJHL is another chapter in a long history of Thunder Bay Junior "A" Hockey. The Fort William War Veterans were the first representatives of the Thunder Bay region, winning the 1922 Memorial Cup as Canadian National Junior "A" Champions. Although there is not abundant information on the subject, the Thunder Bay Junior Hockey League may date back to the War Veterans, and may have existed on-and-off until 1984. From 1984 until 2000, the region (Hockey Northwestern Ontario) was represented by a single team at the Junior "A" level -- the Thunder Bay Flyers. The Flyers played their regular season games in the United States Hockey League, America's Tier I of Junior Hockey, and returned to Canada for the playoffs. The Flyers won the Dudley Hewitt Cup as Central Canadian Junior Champions in 1983, 1988, and 1989. The Flyers were also National Champions in 1989 and 1992, winning the Centennial Cup. The Flyers folded after the 1999-2000 USHL Season.

The folding of the Thunder Bay Flyers opened the way for a rebirth of Junior "A" hockey in the Thunder Bay region. The league came back to life under the "Superior International" label in 2001 with 5 teams, including the Thunder Bay Wolves (now the Fort William North Stars), the First Nation Featherman Hawks (now the Thunder Bay Bearcats), the Fort Frances Borderland Thunder, and the Dryden Ice Dogs. The SIJHL uses the Thunder Bay Junior B/Juvenile/AAA Hockey League as a farm system.

The current SIJHL includes Fort William, K&A, Dryden, the Thunder Bay Bulldogs, the Schreiber Diesels, and the Bottineau Lumberjacks who play a part time schedule with the league before returning to the US Junior College hockey ranks for the playoffs. For the 2006-07 season, former North of Superior Junior B Hockey League team, the Marathon Renegades are making the jump to the SIJHL. Also, the Wisconsin Mustangs of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League is hoping to join the league for an interleague schedule this year in hopes of completely joining in 2007-08. As well, the K&A First Nation Golden Hawks will become the Thunder Bay Bearcats this season.

Member Teams

Dryden Ice Dogs
Fort Frances Jr. Sabres
Fort William North Stars
Marathon Renegades
Schreiber Diesels
Thunder Bay Bearcats
Thunder Bay Bulldogs

Links

Former Member Teams

Bottineau Lumberjacks
Fort Frances Borderland Thunder
Iron Range Yellow Jackets
Northwest Wisconsin Knights

Also see

External links

  • SIJHL Webpage
  • Hockey Northwestern Ontario Webpage
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