Thunder Bay Thunder Cats

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Thunder Bay Thunder Cats
City Thunder Bay, Ontario
League CoHL 1991-1997
UHL 1997-1999
Operated 1991 (1991)-Present
Home arena Fort William Gardens
Colours Black, Grey, and White
Franchise history
1991-1993 Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks
1993-1996 Thunder Bay Senators
1996-1999 Thunder Bay Thunder Cats
1999-2007 Rockford IceHogs

The Thunder Bay Thunder Cats was the name of the Rockford IceHogs of the UHL (now the International Hockey League) prior to moving to Rockford. The team went through a number of different names prior to being the Thunder Cats, including the Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks and the Thunder Bay Senators.

History[change | edit source]

After the success of the 5-time Allan Cup champion Thunder Bay Twins, the Colonial Hockey League took interest in expanding to the Northwestern Ontario city. In 1991, the Colonial league introduced the Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks, spelling the end of the 21-year Twins franchise that stepped aside for the new Semi-Pro team. In 1993, the team changed its name to the Thunder Bay Senators to reflect the teams affiliation with the National Hockey League's Ottawa Senators. Soon after, the CoHL changed its name to the United Hockey League and in 1996 the team became the Thunder Bay Thunder Cats.

After eight seasons in Thunder Bay, the Thunder Cats were bought, moved to Rockford, Illinois, and renamed the Rockford IceHogs in 1999.

Season-by-Season results[change | edit source]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results Playoffs
1991-92 60 26 28 6 - 309 289 62 3rd CoHL Won League
1992-93 60 32 24 4 - 288 271 68 3rd CoHL Lost Semi-final
1993-94 64 45 15 4 - 331 236 94 1st CoHL Won League
1994-95 74 48 22 4 - 341 279 100 1st CoHL Won League
1995-96 74 36 26 12 - 302 289 84 4th CoHL Lost Final
1996-97 74 43 23 8 - 333 266 94 4th CoHL Lost Semi-final
1997-98 74 42 26 0 6 337 304 90 4th UHL Lost Quarter-final
1998-99 74 47 20 0 7 325 247 101 3rd UHL Lost Semi-final

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