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The Lakehead Thunderwolves women’s basketball team’s third recruit of the offseason could be ready to contribute right away.

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Northwestern Ontario’s top junior hockey league plans to delay the start of its season by nearly two months.


TWO decades have passed since the Peterborough Petes made one of the shrewdest draft picks in the history of the Ontario Hockey League. During the first round of the 2000 OHL Priority Selection, the Petes used the 13th overall choice to tab Eric Staal from Thunder Bay.

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The lights are still out at Port Arthur Stadium. Not one baseball has been thrown there this summer.

While the history of the American Hockey League remains storied, only one player has skated on four consecutive Calder Cup championship teams in its lengthy history and that honour belongs to Thunder Bay’s Mike Busniuk.

Merritt Morine’s excitement was high, her bags were packed when obstacles began appear on her path along her soccer and educational journey.

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Thunder Bay gymnasts Caroline Di Felice, left, and Tiara Sutton 

Dustin Barr’s family and friends are raising the bar to the next level to fulfill the late golfer’s dreams.

They loaded up the cars and were ready to race. Thunder Bay auto race fans are a special breed. They head south of the border for many races — World of the Outlaws, Sprint Car racing, NASCAR and of course to follow the local talent. To say this race season is weird is an understatement. 

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The rise of the “new normal” isn’t about to stop one of our community’s top sports-related charities and their volunteering professional athletes.

While it wasn’t exactly the end to the season that he had envisioned, Nicholas DeGrazia can still look back fondly on an exceptional initial campaign of playing junior A hockey.

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Carson Hill can remember the days when he stole the spotlight in his father’s own real estate ads.

One of the positive things that has come out of the temporary closure of the exhibits, archives and programming of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame due to the COVID-19 pandemic is that our staff have been able to undertake some of the tasks that often have to be put on the back b…

Over the years, many a Thunder Bay product, or those from around Northwestern Ontario, have played and starred at the University of North Dakota in U.S. collegiate hockey ranks.

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Given that Father’s Day 2020 will take on a different look due to the current social distancing and travel challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought I would take this opportunity to celebrate the legacy of sport that many fathers and grandfathers have passed along to the next…

Everyone can rest easy. Forget the bickering in Major League Baseball or the fear of a second virus wave that may still shelve the NBA and NHL seasons for good.

The Superior International Junior Hockey League officially lost two key faces behind the scenes on Thursday.

The city’s first competitive golf tournament of 2020 is in the books and Thunder Bay District Golf Association president Hank Wilke is a happy man.

On Nov. 16, 2019, the players to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame gathered in the “Great Hall” for a question and answer session with excited fans. Gino Reda of TSN presided over the gathering, with Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Sergei Zubov and Hayley Wickenheiser awaiting the …

I RECENTLY came across one of my sports treasures. Most of my sports broadcasting was done on radio. I loved that because I could be first with the sports news. First to let the listener know what happened live from the event. The newspaper and television news were always later. I got the scoop.


Lakehead Thunderwolves hockey co-MVP Daniel Del Paggio and budding ’Wolves track star Amy Stieh represent two of the scores of varsity athletes affected by the fallout of COVID-19.


The Thunder Bay Metre Eaters running club’s June Classic Race was one of the city’s first annual sporting events to announce its cancellation due to COVID-19. This year would have been the 40th running of this five- and 10-kilometre race.


NOW through 10 years of coaching in the Ontario Hockey League, Trevor Letowski has many other memories from his involvement in the game from over the years.

I try not to remember much about that day outside St. Jude School in the early 1980s when two or three kids were bullying me based on the colour of my skin.

(Editor’s note: This story was published in the June 23, 1993 edition to mark the home opener of the Thunder Bay Whiskey Jacks during their inaugural season. The Chronicle-Journal will periodically go back in time and rerun work from some of our past sports columnists and reporters)

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One of the Lakehead Thunderwolves’ top scorers won’t be back with the university men’s hockey team next season.

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Ironically, Canada’s Death Race 2020 met the same fate as many recent sporting events. The 125-kilometre trek held in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains met its own demise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the township of Terrace Bay gave the green flag for the Superior Classics Car Club’s June Test N Tune event, drag racers from around the district revved their engines in anticipation and registrations began to roll in.

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In the end, too many factors were working against the Thunder Bay Border Cats in their hopes to play in the 2020 Northwoods League baseball season.

The newly-minted Victoria Day 10-Mile Challenge gave competitors an experience in virtual racing while fundraising for a good cause.

What began as a way of staying in touch with Thunder Bay gymnasts during this isolation period has transformed into a countdown to their home base reopening.

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It was 110 years ago this month that a very significant event in our community’s sports history took place.

Hannah Twomey is ready to resume her pro jockey career — as soon as the horse racing scene in Canada does the same.

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(Editor’s note: This piece was originally posted on The Coaches Site website on May 7. It is being used with the author’s permission)

While it has been two decades since the Thunder Bay Flyers competed in the United States Hockey League, some of the talent those local squads produced, as well as some exceptional players that skated for opposition sides, were among the best-ever junior A talent to grace the ice at Fort Will…

With each passing day there are more and more announcements being made about the cancellation of events due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As most professional teams are scrambling to resume their respective seasons in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, winter-based clubs are already looking ahead to 2021.

Although there are encouraging signs that things may be heading in the right direction, soccer, like the rest of the world, is set on the pause button due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL doled out their year-end awards last week via social media and Thunder Bay’s Todd Skirving was a popular choice among the club’s faithful.

The Lakehead Thunderwolves wrestling team announced the commitments of Amelia Cox and Chase Birch to the varsity team for the 2020-21 season.

Exactly 25 years ago, on April 29, 1995, the Thunder Bay Senators hoisted the Colonial Cup, in front of a sold-out throng at a jubilant Fort William Gardens to capture their third Colonial Hockey League crown in four years.

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The perfect storm. That’s the best way I can sum up the Thunder Bay Bombers’ unlikely championship win at the 2005 Allan Cup.

The collective brain trust of the Kam River Fighting Walleye are doing their best to prepare for their inaugural season in the Superior International Junior Hockey League — barriers and all.

The Thunder Bay Kings AAA program and its board of directors announced Thursday, its head coaches for the 2020-21 campaign.

Like so many other things, Thunder Bay’s National Team Development Centre’s campaign came to an abrupt halt over a month ago.