There is no 2019-20 season in the Ontario University Athletics conference, but basketballs are still bouncing in earnest at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse, home of the Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s and women’s teams.

There's something to be said about that extraordinary brand of Canadians where grit, heart and determination seemingly find a way in the end when it counts.

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The Superior International Junior Hockey League is all dressed up with

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With 23 years now in the books, we’re now set to commence our 24th

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This is a great opportunity to share my story with you all, my journey of boxing and health and how it changed my life. 

Everyone is excited about being at the recently opened Canada Games Complex pool again — even if it means 4:45 a.m. wake-up times, masks, and a good dose of social distancing.

The year 2020 will go down in history as one which created a great deal of upheaval and change. 

It was such a beautiful day at Whitewater Country Club on Sunday, a flock of geese on the 10th hole — about 100 strong — were caught flying north.

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Andre Vaillant looks pretty darn good to me. He is six-foot-two and weighs 230 pounds on days of competition.

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Since the National Hockey League first began drafting players back in 1963, a total of 93 players from Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario had their names called by NHL clubs.

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This is the month that our region would traditionally be celebrating our rich and proud sports heritage with the hosting of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame Annual Induction ceremonies.

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The return to play has been a challenge for all sports, and curling is no exception across Canada and here in Thunder Bay.

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Brett Shewchuk put a bow on his 2020 Teleco District Amateur victory.

With Labour Day upon us it means that the summer of 2020 is coming to a close. To say it was a unique one would be an understatement.

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In a sports season that has been anything but normal, Colin Sobey aims to extend his winning ways at the Thunder Bay Teleco district men’s amateur golf championship.

The Thunder Bay Kings have found a league for their teams to play in this season — and it’s one with plenty of talent and history.

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The U16, U15 and U12 Thunder Bay Thunder girls fastpitch teams travelled to Manitoba on the weekend of Aug. 15-16 to compete in the Manitoba Provincial Championships which would be their only competition of the 2020 season.

Jack Moro attacked Chapples Golf Course with surgical precision to capture the 2020 Fountain Tire junior district championship.

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(Editor’s note: This is a story on Terry Fox’s last day of the Marathon of Hope near Thunder Bay published on Sept. 3, 1980. The Chronicle-Journal will periodically go back in time and rerun work from some of our past columnists and reporters)

Let the dirt fly! In what has been an extraordinary sports season for many, there are some bright spots.

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Josh Laframboise is on the verge of forgoing his final two years of university hockey eligibility in Thunder Bay to play in the ECHL.

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Seeing as my Toronto Maple Leafs are out of the running for the Stanley Cup this year, I have turned my attention to cheering on some other Canadian teams as they take on the challenge of reigning supreme in the world of sports.

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Thunder Bay’s Andrew Brewer is this year’s recipient of the T.B. (Bones) McCormack Meritorious Award from Hockey Northwestern Ontario.

Like classrooms across Thunder Bay, the local high school sports scene will have a much different look if it gets off the ground this fall.

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(Editor’s note: This is a story on the Thunder Bay Border Cats’ first Northwoods League championship win published on Aug. 22, 2005. TheChronicle-Journal will periodically go back in time and rerun work from some of our past sports columnists and reporters)

Leeann Ryder, left, and Chris Horychuk stand by the trophy after capturing the championship at the City Mixed Doubles tournament at the Thunder Bay Community Tennis Centre over the weekend. Ryder and Horychuk defeated Brendan Boudreau and Laurel Augruso 6-3, 6-3, in the final. Earlier, Ryder…

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While the world has certainly been turned upside down this year, I keep trying to look for some positive things that have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The ice has been broken in Thunder Bay. Friday marked the last day of week-long sessions for the Katie Weatherston Hockey School at the Thunder Bay Tournament Centre.

At age 34, Sabres netminder Carter Hutton is part of a rebuild. Buffalo retooled their front office, most notably firing GM Jason Botterill and hiring long time assistant Kevyn Adams. Not making the playoffs usually means a team shake-up.

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A shuffle in the Chicago Blackhawks’ front office has resulted in a new title and role, of sorts, for Thunder Bay’s Norm Maciver.

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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.

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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…