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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.
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.
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.
- Cliff Barton, Bill Brydge, Marty Burke, Lorne Chabot, Art Chapman, Bob Connors, Danny Cox, Jimmy Creighton, Gus Forslund, Gord Fraser, Alex Gray, Jim Haggarty, Edgar Laprade, Norm Larson, James Jarvis, Frank Nighbor, Bud Poile, Albert Pudas, Charlie Sands, Red Spooner, Butch Stahan, Bill Thomson, Alex Wellington, Phat Wilson, Steve Wojciechowski
Three alumni from Port Arthur Shipbuilders also played in the NHL:
Seven alumni from the revived Port Arthur Bearcats also played in the NHL:
|1916-22||Statistics Not Available|
|1935-36||8||7||1||0||-||54||7||14||2nd 1936 Olympics|
|1936-37||Statistics Not Available|
|1940-41||Statistics Not Available|
|1943-45||Folded for WW2|
|1948-51||No Regular Season|
|1958-60||No Regular Season|
- ↑ http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/na/arthur-nash-1.html
- ↑ Port Arthur Bearcats alumni search
- ↑ Port Arthur Bear Cats alumni search
- ↑ Port Arthur Ports alumni search
- ↑ Port Arthur Hockey Club alumni search
- ↑ Port Arthur Seniors alumni search
- ↑ Port Arthur Shipbuilders alumni search
- ↑ Port Arthur Bearcats (revival) alumni search
|Canada men's Olympic ice hockey team|
| Succeeded by|
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