Friday, January 11, 2013

Lakehead Thunderwolves

My last few posts have had regional jerseys so this post I am going to continue with that and show my few Thunderwolves items.  The Lakehead Thunderwolves are the university hockey team for my city; they are the highest level of hockey available to watch live.  I try to get out to 1 or 2 games a year.  Their chief rival is the Western Mustangs.

The Thunderwolves hockey program started in 2001 (the previous incarnation of the university team was called the Norwesters [1965-1985]).  They play in the aging Fort William Gardens.  It opened in 1951 and was renovated in 1995 but is likely nearing the end of it's lifespan.  There is talk of a multiplex event centre being built to replace the Gardens, but that will depend on government funding and other factors.  Here's a link to a picture of the outside of the F.W. Gardens:
You can see the giant curling stone outside the Gardens that was at one time the largest curling stone in the world.
One place more info on the stone and the Gardens can be found is this excellent blog:

Now onto the few items that I have of Lakehead Thunderwolves stuff.  I have a Thunderwolves replica jersey that I got through someone locally off Kijiji.

Here are a couple of caps that I got at the thrift store.  One is a Thunderwolves one.  The other is one from the Canadian university championships when Thunder Bay hosted them (2009 & 2010).  As the host city the Thunderwolves were guaranteed a place in the CIS tournament (sponsored by Cavendish Farms).  I saw a couple games of the tournament one year as my father was given tickets from a friend of his.

I also picked up a toque from a local Salvation Army thrift store.

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