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The Port Arthur Bearcats were an amateur men's senior ice hockey team based in Port Arthur, Ontario, now part of the city of Thunder Bay. Port Arthur were champions Canadian Amateur Hockey Association four times, and were chosen to represent Canada as the Canada national men's ice hockey team in 1936. The team won the Silver Medal in the 1936 Winter Olympics and, in 1987, the 1936 team was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

The Bearcats were the namesake of a team that once challenged for the Stanley Cup and were founded in 1946. Prior to this, the Port Arthur Shipbuilders challenged for the 1944 Allan Cup. In Quebec City, Quebec, the Shipbuilders challenged the Quebec Aces but were defeated three-games-straight by scores of 6-1, 15-4, and 9-6.

The Port Arthur team played several season without a nicknames over its history, with several generic names applied to the team including the Port Arthur Ports, Port Arthur Hockey Club, and the Port Arthur Seniors. The team ceased due to World War II in 1943.

There was a revival in 1945 with a new Port Arthur Bearcats club that operated until the merger of Port Arthur and Fort William and creation of the Thunder Bay Twins in 1970.

ChampionshipsEdit

Port Arthur played the Ottawa Senators for the Stanley Cup in a 1911 challenge, losing 13–4 in a one game showdown on March 16, 1911. Port Arthur won three Allan Cup titles during the 1920s, as Canada's senior ice hockey champions. Port Arthur was chosen to represent Canada at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany after the defending champion Halifax Wolverines could not go. Port Arthur won the silver medal at the 1936 tournament, finishing runners-up to Great Britain. Port Arthru won its fourth Allan Cup in 1939.

NHL alumniEdit

Twenty-five alumni from Port Arthur also played in the National Hockey League:[2][3][4][5][6]

Three alumni from Port Arthur Shipbuilders also played in the NHL:[7]

Seven alumni from the revived Port Arthur Bearcats also played in the NHL:[8]

Season-by-Season StandingsEdit

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results
1915-16 8 4 4 0 - -- -- 8 2nd TBSHL
1916-22 Statistics Not Available
1922-23 16 11 5 0 - 95 57 22 2nd MSHL
1923-24 15 11 4 0 - -- -- 16 3rd MTBSHL
1924-25 19 12 7 0 - -- -- 24 2nd MTBSHL
1925-26 20 14 6 0 - -- -- 28 1st TBSHL
1926-27 20 10 9 1 - -- -- 21 2nd TBSHL
1927-28 21 6 14 1 - 56 97 13 3rd MTBSHL
1928-29 18 12 6 1 - -- -- 25 2nd MTBSHL
1929-30 22 16 6 0 - -- -- 25 1st TBSHL
1930-31 22 11 9 2 - -- -- 21.5 2nd TBSHL
1931-32 17 11 5 1 - -- -- 23 1st TBSHL
1932-33 20 9 9 2 - -- -- 28 2nd TBSHL
1933-34 14 7 4 3 - 41 34 17 2nd TBSHL
1934-35 21 11 9 1 - -- -- 23 2nd TBSHL
1935-36 8 7 1 0 - 54 7 14 2nd 1936 Olympics
1936-37 Statistics Not Available
1937-38 26 10 14 2 - 85 103 22 3rd IAHL
1938-39 23 14 6 3 - -- -- 31 1st TBSHL
1939-40 23 13 8 2 - -- -- 28 1st TBSHL
1940-41 Statistics Not Available
1941-42 17 14 3 0 - 101 51 28 1st TBSHL
1942-43 8 4 4 0 - 45 41 8 1st PASHL
1943-45 Folded for WW2
1945-46 8 4 4 0 - 45 44 8 1st TBSHL
1946-47 12 9 2 1 - -- -- 19 1st IAHL
1947-48 9 6 3 0 - 51 45 12 1st TBSHL
1948-51 No Regular Season
1951-52 16 4 12 0 - 64 107 8 2nd TBSHL
1952-53 22 5 17 0 - 61 149 8 3rd TBSHL
1953-54 30 10 20 0 - -- -- 20 3rd TBSHL
1954-55 45 14 30 1 - -- -- 29 3rd TBSHL
1955-56 8 4 3 1 - 37 34 9 1st TBSHL
1956-57 3 0 3 0 - -- -- 0 2nd TBSHL
1957-58 3 0 3 0 - -- -- 0 2nd TBSHL
1958-60 No Regular Season
1960-61 10 6 4 0 - 45 29 12 1st TBSHL
1961-62 10 7 3 0 - -- -- 14 1st TBSHL
1962-63 15 4 7 4 - 60 67 12 2nd TBSHL
1963-64 22 12 7 3 - 80 74 27 1st TBSHL
1964-65 24 11 9 4 - 90 91 26 2nd TBSHL
1965-66 18 3 14 1 - 65 107 10.5 4th TBSHL
1966-67 12 3 6 3 - 57 67 9 2nd TBSHL
1967-68 14 10 4 0 - 84 53 20 1st TBSHL
1968-69 13 11 2 0 - 85 39 22 1st TBSHL
1969-70 12 2 10 0 - 54 84 4 2nd TBSHL


ReferencesEdit

Preceded by
Winnipeg Winnipegs
Canada men's Olympic ice hockey team
1936
Succeeded by
Ottawa RCAF Flyers

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