Fandom

Ice Hockey Wiki

Lakehead Thunderwolves

54,103pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Lakehead-norwesters-79x137
Logo thunderwolves

"Nor'Westers" was the name of the sports teams of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario from 1965-66 to 1984-85. After folding their team for 17 seasons, L.U. came back to life in 2001-02 with teams called the "Thunderwolves". They are now members of Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

Their websites are www.thunderwolves.ca and www.thunderwolveshockey.com.

Lakehead Nor'WestersEdit

Lakehead-norwesters-leaf-b&w-50x50
The Lakehead Nor'Westers started in 1965-66 in the International Collegiate Hockey Association (ICHA) where they played American teams from the NAIA. In 1967 they won the conference title. In 1971 and 1973 they lost the final of the NAIA National Championship, both times to the Bemidji State Beavers, now in the NCAA. The ICHA also included future NCAA contenders the Lake Superior Lakers and the St. Cloud State Huskies. The records for that league are sparse. There are many stories floating around, which are linked at the ICHA page.

The Nor'Westers joined the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in 1972-73 where they played until 1984-85. The Nor'Westers were one of the founding GPAC teams, along with the Brandon Bobcats, Winnipeg Wesmen, and Manitoba Bisons. Their only GPAC title was won in 1973. There was no playoff. Lakehead was first with a 9-3 record, 2 points ahead of the Wesmen. In the University Cup quarter-finals they lost 3-1 and 9-3 to the Alberta Golden Bears.

The GPAC teams played a relatively short schedule in those early years, which allowed the Nor'Westers to continue playing in the ICHA for a few more years. Eventually the GPAC teams picked up their schedules, and the addition of the Regina Cougars in 1976-77 made the league more competitive. After Lakehead's one title, the Bisons, Cougars, and Bobcats each won 4 titles and Lakehead never really came close again.

The Nor'Westers returned to the Thunder Bay local ranks in 1980-81 and 1981-82 when they participated in the Thunder Bay Hockey League.

In 1984-85 the once proud team went 0-24 in a four team conference (the Wesmen had folded after the 1983-84 season). A suspension of Brandon for illegal payments to athletes allowed the winless Nor'Westers to make the playoffs. They lost to Regina by scores of 8-2 and 8-1 in a dismal semi-final series.

Season-by-Season RecordsEdit

Year/Comp. GP W L T GF GA Pts Placing
1966 ICHA  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
1967 ICHA ? ? ? ? ? ? ? champions
1968 ICHA  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
1969 ICHA  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
1970 ICHA  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
1971 ICHA ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 1st
1971 NAIA  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? finalist
1972 ICHA  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
1973 GPAC 12 9 3 0 68 52 18 champions
1973 U-Cup 2 0 2 0 4 12 0 regional
1973 ICHA 12 4 8 0  ?  ? 8  ?
1973 NAIA  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? finalist
1974 GPAC 18 6 12 0 87 103 12 4th
1974 ICHA  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
1975 GPAC 17 7 9 1 91 106 15 3rd
1975 ICHA  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
1976 GPAC 18 8 10 0 73 84 16 3rd
1977 GPAC 22 9 12 1 96 93 19 3rd
1978 GPAC 22 16 6 0  ?  ? 32 2nd
1978 Playoffs 3 1 2 0 13 16 2 finalist
1979 GPAC 22 7 14 1  ?  ? 15 4th
1980 GPAC 20 5 15 0 93 131 10 4th
1981 GPAC 24 2 22 0 86 208 4 5th
1981 TBHL 24 7 17 0 140 188 14 4th
1981 TB playoffs 3 0 3 0  ?  ? 0 semi-finals
1982 GPAC 24 7 15 2 118 176 16 4th
1982 TBHL 9 4 5 0 58 61 16 4th
1982 TB playoffs 11 6 5 0  ?  ? 12 finalist
1983 GPAC 24 10 14 0 106 140 20 4th
1984 GPAC 24 9 14 1 111 168 19 4th
1985 GPAC 24 0 24 0 77 243 0 4th
1985 Playoffs 2 0 2 0 3 16 0 semi-finals


International GamesEdit

December 13, 1967 : 1967-68 Romania Tour
  • Lakehead 7 Romania 3
January 5, 1969 : 1968-69 Sweden B Tour
  • Sweden B 7 Lakehead 2


Canada West Team SitesEdit

Current TeamsEdit

Former TeamsEdit

Nor'westers era also see ...Edit

Lakehead ThunderwolvesEdit

Lakehead-wolf-50x50

When hockey (and other sports) returned to Thunder Bay in 2001-02, there was a new name, look, and logo. The Lakehead Thunderwolves were also in the OUA. They won the conference title in 2006. They qualified for the University Cup in 2003 (as national wild-card), 2006 (as OUA champion), and 2009 and 2010 (as tournament host). In 2006 Lakehead won their pool and advanced to the U-Cup final where they lost 3-2 to the Alberta Golden Bears. The new team has been privately run and always leads the OUA in attendance. (Much like Laval in football.)

Season-by-Season RecordsEdit

Year/Comp. GP W L T F A Pts Placing
2002 OUA 24 13 8 3 94 85 29 2nd FW
2002 Playoffs 5 3 2 0 17 14 6 FW final
2003 OUA 24 18 6 0 125 64 36 2nd FW
2003 Playoffs 6 5 1 0 31 16 10 bronze
2003 U-Cup 2 0 2 0 4 6 0 3rd pool
Year/Comp. GP W L T OL F A Pts Placing
2004 OUA 24 18 4 2 0 124 59 38 2nd FW
2004 Playoffs 6 4 2 - - 19 14 8 FW final
2005 OUA 24 15 8 1 0 105 65 31 2nd FW
2005 Playoffs 7 5 2 - -  ?  ? 10 FW finals
2006 OUA 24 13 9 2 0 86 61 28 3rd FW
2006 Playoffs 9 7 2 - - 23 16 14 champions
2006 U-Cup 3 2 1 - - 10 8 4 silver
2007 OUA 28 13 10 3 2 114 105 31 3rd FW
2007 Playoffs 4 2 2 - - 11 14 4 W semis
Year/Comp. GP W L OL F A Pts Placing
2008 OUA 28 23 4 1 129 68 47 1st FW
2008 Playoffs 6 3 3 0  ?  ? 6 W final
2009 OUA 28 18 8 2 103 69 38 4th FW
2009 Playoffs 5 3 2 0  ?  ? 6 W semis
2009 U-Cup 2 0 2 0 2 5 0 3rd pool
2010 OUA 28 19 7 2 138 93 40 3rd W
2010 Playoffs 8 6 2 0  ?  ? 12 finalist
2010 U-Cup 2 1 1 0 10 7 2 2nd pool
2011 OUA 28 16 9 3 118 83 35 3rd W
2011 Playoffs 2 0 2 -  ?  ? 0 W quarters
2012 OUA 28 19 9 0 110 79 38 3rd W
2012 Playoffs 6 3 3 -  ?  ? 6 W semis
2013 OUA 28 17 9 2 109 98 36 3rd W
2013 Playoffs 2 0 2 -  ?  ? 0 W quarters
2014 OUA 28 17 8 3 90 81 37 2nd W
2014 Playoffs 7 4 3 -  ?  ? 8 fourth
2015 OUA 27 10 14 3 109 113 23 7th W
2015 Playoffs 4 2 2 -  ?  ? 4 W semis
2016 OUA 28 8 16 4 77 111 20 9th W
2017 OUA - - - - - - - -

Notes:

  • OUA had been operating in a four division format when Lakehead entered.'
  • OUA went to a two division format in 2009-10
  • FW means Far West division
  • W means West division


OUA Team LinksEdit

West DivisionEdit

East DivisionEdit

Thunderwolves era also see ...Edit

University CupsEdit

ChampionshipsEdit

  • ICHA: 1967, 1971
  • GPAC: 1973
  • OUA: 2006

PhotosEdit

Norwesters-Lak btn

Lakehead Norwesters

Lakehead players athletics-2

Dwight Stirrett, Dave Siciliano, and Murray Smith

72-73LakeU

1972-73 Lakehead Norwesters

Logo thunderwolves

Lakehead Thunderwolves 2013

Lakehead-teamPhoto 2002-2003

Lakehead 2002-03

05-06LakehUniv

2006 Lakehead University Cup

Lakehead-trophy-history 4
Bisons-at-lakehead-2009

Manitoba v Lakehead 2009

Bisons-at-lakehead-2010-1

Manitoba v Lakehead 2010 1

Bisons-at-lakehead-2010-2

Manitoba v Lakehead 2010 2

Lakehead-teamPhoto 2013-2014

Lakehead 2013-14

LogosEdit

Lakehead-norwesters-leaf-b&w-50x50

Norwesters 60s

Lakehead mascot

LAKEHEAD NOR'WESTER MASCOT

Lakehead-norwesters-79x137

Lakehead Nor'westers 1970s

Lakehead-2014-187x219

Lakegead-2014

Lakehead-circle

Lakehead-circle

Lakehead-banner-173x50

Lakehead banner

Lakehead-wolf-177x218

Lakehead wolf

External linksEdit

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki