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Herks_logo3_smallNot only are the Fort William Hurricanes turning 75 this hockey season another historic event is also taking place. The old Fort William Gardens will also be celebrating a birthday this year as the grand old building turns 60.
 This icon has not only hosted very memorable hockey games, but through it's long history has seen many a concert, entertainers, circus performers, memorial events, visits by special dignataries and the list goes on and on.
 But the event that almost everyone in our fair city can relate to is the grand old game of hockey. And sixty years ago the first hockey played there was between arch rivals Fort William Hurricanes and the Fort William Canadiens Junior A Clubs.
 In keeping with tradition the two clubs will once again lock horns as they will meet again on February 5th, with the Midget "A" Herks playing the Midget "A" Habs in the first game, while the Midget AA Clubs will faceoff in the later contest as this heated rivalry continues. The Bantam A's will open this commemorative event earlier in the day with an opponent to be named later. Times will be posted as soon as they become available.
 After these three great hockey games there will be a MEET & GREET held at the DaVinci Centre, with Beef on A Bun being served along with a cash bar. There will be door prizes, a minimal price of $10.00 will get you into this event, come out and see old and new Herks and share some great stories.

Fort William Hurricane Bantam "A"


The Fort William Hurricanes have elected their new board members for the 2012-2013 Hockey Season. We are vey pleased to have these fine people aboard.

President                     Frank Zanatta
1st Vice-President    Larry Busniuk   (Life Member)

2nd Vice-President    Nick Cavezza
Treasuer                      Larry Deswiage
Secreatary                  Marco Grigio
Equipment                   Mike Buzzi (Director)
Director                       Maureen Zanatta
Director                       Adam Joyce

Director                       Ryan Cavezza
---------------------------------------Life Memebers---------------------------------------
George Gallinger
Edith Gallinger
Wayne Slomke
Mary Lou Slomke

2012-2013 Hurricanes Coaching Staffs

Well the 2012-2013 Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Assocation regular season is just around the corner. Registration was held for the last two weeks and the numbers were great, there will be no reduction of teams in TBMHA.
 The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club will be icing at least three clubs this season, there will be a Bantam A team, Midget B and Midget AA, there also may be a chance of a Midget A team, depending on the numbers.

The Midget "AA: Staff will consist of the following;

Manger               Larry Deswiage
Head Coach       Larry Busniuk
Coach                  Jin Antosiak
Coach                  Rick Baraniuk
Trainer                Mike Buzzi

The Midget "B"; Staff will consist of the following;

Manager          Steve Jewett
Head Coach     Tyler Cooper
Coach                James Cole
Coach                David Ingram

The Bantam "A"; Staff will consist of the following;

Manager          Nick Cavezza
Head Coach    Adam Joyce
Coach               Ryan Cavezza
Coach               Randy Joyce
Coach               Justin Joyce


Herks_logo3_smallThe 2012-2013 Midget AA Fort William Hurricanes has been drafted for the new Thunder Bay Minor Hockey season.
 The Midget AA's will see only three players return from last year's squad,Thomas Stadey, Hayden Hickey and Lawrence Olynick.
 In goal the Herks will have two 17 year old's as former Fort William Canadien's net minder Jordan MacDougall will team up with a past Herk Jared Foulds, Jared came to us from the Thunder Bay Elks.
 The defensive back line will have a new look with another former Hurricane coming via the Current River Comets, is 17 year old Michael Soramaki, Chase Allam played for the Westfort Maroons, Lawrence Dalton was on defense with the Southend Junior Stars, coming from the Kings organization will be Erik Charlie and Jacob McRae, also on defense will be rookie defender Brandon Figliomeni who played in the Norwest organization.
 With Hickey, Stadey and Olynick already up front, six new forwards will round out the offensive lines. Another Current River product Devyn Chenier will bring speed and goal scoring, hard working Kyle Migliazza came to the Herks from the Canadiens, Nickolaus Page arrives to the club from the Marathon Hockey program, coming from the Neebing Hawks will be Romy Treesh, two more quick forwards who played with the Bantam Kings program last season are Christian Adamo and Marc Degagne.
 This years Midget Club is a mixture of veterans, and young talent, with speed and hard work it should make for a sucessful season.

Herks To Be Tested

The Fort William Hurricane Midget AA's will be put to the test this weekend, with a pair of exibition games. First in store will be a team from Faribault Minnesota, Shattuck St. Mary's Prep School. This game will be played on Saturday September 29th, 09:30 am, Fort William First Nations Arena #1, game two will be Sunday September 30th, 11:30 am also at First Nation 1, with the Current River Comets providing the competion.
 Following the weekend series, the regular Thunder Bay Minor Hockey season will begin as the Herks will once again play the Comets on Tuesday October 2nd, 9:00 pm, Delaney Arena.


The Fort William Hurricane's Midget AA's were blanked on the weekend, as they dropped two exibition games, by the scores of 4-0 and 1-0.
  Game one was played against Shattuck St.Mary's, the Hurricanes managed little offense firing only eleven shots through three periods, while Herks starting goaltender Jordan MacDougall faced 43 Shattuck shots and if not for his netminding the score may have been a lot larger, a lot of his saves were huge. Jarrett Scheibel netted a pair goals for the American team, while singles went to Myles Lengyel and Vincent Demey.
 Not only did the Canes not score, they lost two offensive forwards to injury in the first ten minutes of the opening frame, as Romy Treesh went down with an upper body injury and then Devyn Chenier suffered a lower body injury, both players could be lost long term.
 Brett Pattison scored with just under three minutes left in the middle frame to give the Current River Comets a 1-0 lead, that was the only shot of 29 that Canes goaltender Jared Foulds would let by him, as in game one goaltending was not the problem, as Foulds stopped shot after shot keeping his goal starved team within one shot of tying the contest. The Hurricanes were without forwards Chenier and Treesh and also found out at game time that defenseman Jacob McRae would not be able to go, as he suffered a lower body injury in the Shattuck game. The shorthanded Herks would show a little offense late in period three but could not score. Near the end of the game the Canes would suffer another serious injury as "D" man Chase Allam would go crashing into the end boards and would not return, to put the total number of serious injuries to five.
 The Herks will open the regular season on Tuesday night with a return match with the Comets.


The Fort William Hurricanes took one square on the chin as they were defeated by the Current River Comets 6-1 in the opening game of the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Midget AA Division. Liam Coulter led the Comets with  two goals and a pair of assists with Kody Anton adding a goal and two helpers, also scoring were, Matthew Glomba, Andrew Vis and Matthew Olinski. Devin Wigmore scored the lone Herk goal.
 The Canes were outshot in the opening frame by a 14 to 8 margin. Anton would get the Comets on the board four minutes into the period as he picked up a rebound and stuffed it passed Herks goaltender Jordan Mac Dougall. Again goaltending kept the Canes in the period, but a thirty second mental laspe cost the Herks two quick goals as Current River would score twice within thirty seconds, Coulter would score his first on a beauty tip in with exactly one minute left in the period, thirty one seconds later Glomba would give Current River a 3-0 lead. But with sixteen ticks left on the clock Devin Wigmore would score the Canes first goal of the new season cutting the lead to 3-1 after one.
 Period two was a defensive struggle for the Herks as they would play most of the frame in their end MacDougall would face twenty Comet shots and he would make some very big saves to keep it close. Matthew Olinski would make it 4-1 two and a half minutes in and Andrew Vis would get one by MacDougall late in the period, making the score 5-1.
 Coulter would get his second of the evening as he would rip a screen shot by MacDougall making it 6-1 Comets.
 MacDougall was solid in the Canes goal despite giving up a six spot he would face a total of 47 Comet shots. The Herks are in dire need of scoring and will have to tighten up on the defensive end. The Hurricanes were playing without three regulars as Devyn Chenier, Romy Treesh and Jake McRae are nursing serious injuries. The affiliated players Gage Bechard, Devin Wigmore and Bryson Bolduc all had a solid game.
 Next up for the Hurricanes will be the Fort William Canadiens.
                                             SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Comets; Anton ( Vis, Coulter ) 11:15. Comets; Coulter ( Glomba, Anton ) 1:00. Comets; Glomba ( Anton, Coulter ) 0:32. HERKS; Wigmore 1 ( Bechard, Stadey ) 0:16.
 2nd; Comets; Olinski ( Bodnar, Vis ) 12:37. Comets; Vis ( Bodnar, Olinski ) 2:12. peanalties; Herks; Allam, Xcheck, 6:50. Adamo, 4 minutes head shot, 1:03.
 3rd; Comets; Coulter (unassisted) 8:27.
                                         SHOTS ON GOAL
                         1st        2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS              8           6            5             19
Comets            14         20          13           47


The Fort William Hurricanes were shutout by longtime rival Fort William Canadiens by a score of 4-0, if not for the goaltending of Canes netminder Jared Foulds the score may have been higher. The Habs were led by Dylan Hyrchuk with a goal and two assists, while John Anttonen had a one goal and a assist.
 The Canadiens would open the scoring on the power play as Hyrchuk's goal beat Foulds on a deflection with just over two minutes left in period one. The Canes were outshot 10-5.
 Period two saw the Habs score three unanswered goals and would fire 17 shots at the Canes net, Foulds was once again tested time after time and did his part in keeping the contest close. Five minutes in Hank Bouchard made it 2-0, Hrychuk would increase the Habs lead by three as he would net their second power play marker at the 5:16 mark a minute later the Canadiens would score again as Connor Butler would make it 4-0 after two, once again the Herks were outshot by a 17-3 margin.
 There would be no scoring in the final frame and Foulds would continue to play a stellar game stopping all 13 Hab shots. The offensive starved Hurricanes would try and muster a little offence on a 5 on 3 advantage but could not find the back of net. Jordan Carlson would post the shutout for the Canadiens.
 The Hurricanes were playing without five regulars as the injury bug has hit early with, Devyn Chenier and Jacob McRae suffering with lower body injuries, Romy Treesh and goaltender Jordan MacDougall have upper body injury. Kyle Migliazza was unavailable for personal reasons.
 The offensive game must show up soon for the Herks to have any sucess in the Midget AA loop. Next up for the Canes will be the Westend Bruins.
                                                       SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Canadiens; Anttonen ( Hrychuk ) pp.2:22. penalties. Herks; Stadey, slash, 8:20. Hickey; unsportsmanlike, 2:28. Habs; Bouchard, 4:24.
 2nd; Canadiens; Bouchard ( Miault, Dacey ) 10:46. Hyrchuk ( Wolframe, Whitehead ) pp 5:16. Butler ( Hyrchuk, Anttonen ) 4:32. penalties; Herks; too many men, 9:36. Soramaki tripping, 6:20.
 3rd; no scoring. penalties; Habs; Wolframe, tripping, 9:31. Anttonen, holding, 8:17.
                                                 SHOTS ON GOAL
                        1st        2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS              5            3            6             14
Habs                10          17          13           40


 Morgan McKay lead the Westend Bruins with two goals an one assist in a 6-1 defeat of the Fort William Hurricanes in Midget AA play. The Herks have managed a mere two goals in three regular season games.
 The Canes would open the scoring in period one as Hayden Hickey would pick up his own rebound and stuff it behind the Bruin netminder, this was the first time the Hurricanes would have a lead in a game thus far. The Herks would battle Westend all period and with Jordan MacDougall stopping everything the Bruins could throw at him, things were looking up for the Herks. But a costly double minor late in the frame would lead to the tying goal, as Justin Uliana would deke out the Cane defender and put one in top shelf past MacDougall, 1-1 after one. The Westend Club would outshoot their opponets 13-5.
 The second period belonged to McKay as he would score twice in two minutes as the Herks would have defensive laspe and the offense was non existent as they could only manage one shot at the Bruins net, and were down 3-1.
 Westend would score three unanswered goals in the final frame and put the the struggling Hurricanes away for the evening. Thomas Little would give the Bruins a 4-1 lead three minutes into the period, twenty three seconds later Jordan Pacifico would make it 5-1 and Dan Flewelling would make the final 6-1 with just over four minutes to play in the game, once again the Herk offence was no where to be found as they would record two shots for a grand total of eight for the game.
 If the Herks scoring does not appear soon it will be a tough up hill battle to come. The Canes were without forwards Nicklolaus Page and Romy Treesh. Next up for the Hurricanes will be the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, followed by a rematch with the Current River Comets.
                                               SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Herks; Hickey 1 (unassisted) 12:52. Bruins; Uliana ( Miklas, Little ) pp. 5:04. penalties; Herks; Soramaki, Head Check, 9:58. Chenier, double minor, head check, 6:29.
2nd; Bruins; McKay ( Uliana ) 6:21; McKay (unassisted) 4:22. penalties; Herks; Hickey, trip, 3:33.
3rd; Bruins; Little ( Miceli ) 12:47. Pacifico ( Miklas ) 12:24. Flewelling ( McKay, Miceli ) 4:15
penalties; Herks; Soramaki; trip, 9:35. Adamo, double minor spear, 0:07.
                                                       SHOTS ON GOAL
                           1st         2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS                5             1            2               8
Bruins                13            7           13             33


 The Fort William Hurricanes Midget AA's rode the back of starting goaltender Jared Foulds and hung onto a 1-1 draw with the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, Marc Degagne's first goal of the season was also the Herk's first point in four games.
 Degagne would give the Canes the early lead at 1-0 lead seven minutes into the opening frame as he would finish off a Hayden Hickey shot, beating Bearcats netminder Tiki Boyer. Cole Colosimo would tie the game for VP on the power play four minutes later and that would be the last shot Foulds would let get by him, making eight saves before the period ended, the Canes managed seven shots.
 In the period second period the Hurricanes began to sag and the Bearcats picked it up and would bring their offensive game to Foulds firing a total of 14 shots but could not fine the back of the net, Foulds would make three huge stops keeping the game knotted at one apiece.
The final frame was much the same as period two, with the Herks trying to play defensive hockey to early and giving the Bearcats way to many scoring chances, but Foulds stood his ground stopping all 13 shots he faced stealing a point from VP.
 It was a relief breaking the three game losing streak and the team played a little stronger on the defensive part of the game, but the offence must kick in soon.
 Next up will be the Current River Comets on Thursday. The Herks were still without the services of forward Romy Treesh (upper body) as affilate Jonathon Muia played his second game for the Hurricanes.
                                                     SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Herks; Degagne 1 ( Hickey, Page ) 8:19. Bearcats; Colosimo ( Geravellis, Gleeson )
pp. 4:27. penalties; Herks; Charlie, Xcheck, 7:37. Foulds, interfernce, 5:17. Bearcats; Geravellis, slash, 12:17.
 2nd; no scoring;
 3rd; no scoring;
                                                    SHOTS ON GOAL
                     1st        2nd        3rd         Final
HERKS          7            6            5             18
Bearcats       9           14          13            36


 For the third time in five regular season games the Fort William Hurricanes Midget AA's would lose another game by being shutout, this time by the Current River Comets, 2-0.
 Once again goaltending was not an issue as Herk starter Jordan MacDougall would be solid between the pipes as he would face 27 Comet shots, but the offensive power struggle continues for the goal starved Hurricanes. 
 There would be no scoring in the opening period and MacDougall would stop all ten shots fired by Current River while the Canes would only get three shots directed at Jordan Kelso.
 A little more of an offensive push by the Herks would result in nine shots but not one would find the back of the net. The Comets would also shoot nine times with one beating MacDougall on a breakaway with only seven seconds left in period two, as Ethan Beardy would steal the puck from a Cane's defender and walk in all alone and make it 1-0 Comets.
 The Hurricanes were only one shot from tying this game up but with only two minutes gone in the final frame Andrew Vis would give the Comets a 2-0 lead. The game would turn into a defensive battle from there on and the Herks lack of scoring would prove to be their downfall once again.
 The goaltending has been the bright spot for the Hurricanes, the defense has tighten up but goals are hard to come by, and hopefully with a break or two the goals will appear. Once again the Canes were without forward Romy Treesh (upper body), Brent Sadgrove played his first game as a Herk. Next up for the Hurricanes will be on Tuesday as they will have a tough test facing off against the Canadiens, that will be followed by another battle this time with the AAA Bantam Kings on Wednesday.
                                                              SCORING SUMMARY
 1st; no scoring. penalties; Herks; Dalton, high stick, 12:52. Adamo, slash, 11:04. Allam, boarding, 0:02.
 2nd; Comets; Beardy ( Northcott ) 0:07. penalties; Herks; Charlie, hooking, 2:14. Comets; LeBlanc, trip, 6:32.
  3rd; Comets; Vis ( Coulter, Anton ) 13:17.
                                                            SHOTS ON GOAL
                          1st        2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS               3            9            7            19
Comets             10           9            8            27


 The Fort William Canadiens scored three, third period power play goals spoiling Hayden Hickey's two goal performance and a solid goaltending effort by Jared Foulds and handed the Fort William Hurricanes their fifth loss in six games.
 Hickey would get the Canes on the scoresheet two minutes into the contest scoring his second of the year on a breakaway and deking out  Eric Ouellet, giving them a 1-0 lead. The Habs would then take five straight penalties and in the process give the Herks a couple of two man advantages, who in turn could not manage a prime scoring chance. The Herks did however out shoot the Canadiens 13-4, but only led by one after one.
 The Habs would tie the game at 1-1 early in period two as Mitchell Dacy's hard blast would fine net behind Foulds. Five minutes later Hickey would net his second of the game and third of the season banging in a loose puck past Ouellet. The Herks would take four penalties and have to go on the penalty kill for most of the frame, limiting their offense and relying on Foulds to keep the game close as he would make 11 stops of the 12 shots fired at him, while the Canes were held to just seven,2-1 Canes with two complete.
 The penalty parade would now begin for the Hurricanes as they were assessed eight minors, while the Habs took three. And it was the Canadiens that took full advantage of the Herks mistakes. Brett Bisop would tie the contest at 2-2 with his power play goal two and half minutes into the final stanza, and about two minutes later another power play goal would give the Canadiens the lead for the first time as Dylan Hrychuk lit the lamp. Any offense the Herks had early in the game was taken away with the constant bad calls by the officials, Foulds would contend with crease crashing opponents plus facing 13 more shots. With just over a minute left in the game another power play marker by Conner Butler would make the final 4-2 in favour the Habs.
 As tough as it is for the Hurricanes to score this year and it has been a bit of a struggle, they cannot play the the opposing team and the officials, who by the way were bad for both clubs. The Herks however must stop taking needless penalties while in the offensive zone out of frustration and strictly concentrate on putting the puck in the net.
 The Hurricanes were playing without injured defenseman Jacb McRae (upper body) but on the good news front forward Romy Treesh returned from the injured list, Bryson Bolduc was in the lineup for the Canes. Next test for the Hurricanes will be the AAA BantamKings.
                                                           SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Herks; Hickey 2 ( Degagne, Page ) 13:06. penalties; Canadiens; MacFarlene, hold, 8:56. Anttonen, double minor, head check, 7:57. Whitehead, checking from behind, game misconduct, 6:15. Wolframe, slash, 3:00.
 2nd; Habs; Dacey (unassisted) 12:04. Herks; Hickey 3 ( Page, Degagne ) 7:14. penalties;
Herks; Treesh, hold, 9:44. Charlie, hold, 6:45. Adamo, double minor, head shot. Habs; Bouchard, slash, 2:46.
 3rd; Habs; Bishop ( Hrychuk, Anttonen ) pp.12:36. Hrychuk ( Buttler ) pp. 10:44. Buttler ( MacFarlene, Soychak ) pp. 1:46. penalties; Herks; Treesh, double minor, head shot, 14:00
Chenier, trip, 13:21. Soramaki, knee, 6:58. Figliomeni, rough, 3:06. Chenier, rough, 3:06.
Allam, rough, 2:00. Dalton, rough, 1:46. Habs; Bouchard, slash, 7:45. Veneruzzo, rough, 3:06. Desjardins, rough, 1:46.
                                                        SHOTS ON GOAL
                             1st        2nd       3rd        Final
HERKS                13            7           5          25
Habs                      4          13         12         29




 The Fort William Hurricanes battled back against the AAA Bantam Kings and earned a 3-3 tie and getting their second point of the season. Leading the way for the Herks was Hayden Hickey with three assists, while Troy Williams chipped in two helpers for the Kings. Once again the power play hurt the Canes as the Bantams would score twice while being a man up.
 Kyle Migliazza would score his first of the season taking a feed from Hickey and putting it past Kings netminder Brock Aitken, shots were 7-6 in favour of the Herks and the score was 1-0 at the end of the first.
 The Kings would tie up the contest on the power play with four and a half minutes left in period two as Bradley Belisle would beat Jordan MacDougall of the Hurricanes. But with just forty four seconds left Hickey would circle in behind the the Kings net a feed a perfect pass to Nickolaus Page and he would beat Aitken with his first of the season, 2-1 Canes after two. Once again the Herks would out shoot the Bantams 8-7.
 The Kings would turn their game up in the final frame as they would fire 15 shots at MacDougall who once again was stellar between the pipes. With just under eight minutes left the Bantams would even the score at 2-2, as Brendan Gillis would blast one by MacDougall, three minutes later Kirk Coppock's power play marker would give the Kings a one goal lead, 3-2. Romy Treesh's first goal and power play of the year would tie the game making the final score 3-3. This would be Romy's second game of the season coming back from an injury.
 The Hurricanes are slowly improving and starting to score but they now must control themselves and stay out of the penalty box, still taking to many unessasary penalties that seem to cost them time and time again. The Herks had a coach ejection in the second period and were playing without the services of forwards Christian Adamo, Marc Degagne and defenseman Jacob McRae all with upper body injuries. Next up for the Midget AA's will be Monday when they will faceoff with the Volunteer Pool Bearcats.
                                                          SCORING SUMMARY
 1st; Herks; Migliazza 1 ( Hickey, Stadey ) 9:55. penalties; Herks; Stadey, boarding, 13:22. Charlie, double minor, head shot, 6:55.
 2nd; Kings; Belisle ( Williams, Pellerin ) pp.4:32. Herks; Page 1 ( Hickey, Charlie ) 0:44. penalties; Herks; Dalton, slash, 14:24. coach, bench minor, game, gross, ejection, 9:09. Soramaki, slash, 5:11. Kings; Berube, double minor, head shot, 11:37. Siau, slash, 10:33.
 3rd; Kings; Gillis ( Williams ) 7:47. Coppock ( Daniels, Kulp ) pp. 4:58. Herks; Treesh 1
( Chenier, Hickey ) pp. 3:12. penalties; Herks; MacDougall, Double minor, head shot, 9:33
Chenier, hold,6:39. Kings; Maticic, int. 8:24. Turbide, int. 4:07.
                                                        SHOTS ON GOAL
                             1st        2nd        3rd        Final
 HERKS                 7            8           8             23
 Kings                    6            7          15            28



 Once again a third period breakdown cost the Fort William Hurricanes another loss, this time losing to the Volunteer Pool Bearcats 5-2, a three goal third period would lift the Bearcats to the victory, after the Canes played a solid two periods. Matt Pinksen would pace Volunteer Pool with two goals, while Matt Sutor would chip in with a pair of assists. The Herks Devyn Chenier would also have a couple of helpers. In the shot department the Hurricanes would also come up on the shortend, being out shot 32-14.
                                                              SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Herks; Migliazza 2 ( Chenier, Treesh ) 6:03. Dalton 1 ( Chenier, Charlie ) 4:59. Bearcats; Pinksen ( Pasqualino ) 7:36.
2nd; Bearcats; Gleeson ( Wintoneak, Korchak ) 8:25. penalties; Herks; Chenier, hold,4:49.
 3rd; Bearcats;  Korchak ( Sutor, Wesley ) 14:04. Pinksen ( Sutor, Santin ) pp. 3:32. Belluz ( unassisted ) sh. 0.05. penalties; Herks; Soramaki, xcheck, 4:23.
                                                           SHOTS ON GOAL
                           1st        2nd        3rd         Total
HERKS                7            3           4               14
Bearcats            11           7          13              32


 A two goal performance from Hayden Hickey and Michael Soramaki paced the Fort William Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Westend Bruins, it was the Canes first win of the season.
 The Canes would fall behind in the early minutes of the opening frame as Matthew McGonigal would slide one by Herk starter Jordan MacDougall for a 1-0 Bruins lead. A minute later Soramaki with his first of the season would tie the contest with a little under seven minutes to play, Morgan McKay would give Westend a 2-1 advantage. Again within a minute the Herks would battle back as Hickey would tie the game once again with his first of two on the night. MacDougall would face ten shots while Bruin tender Zachary Goodmurphy saw twelve shots fired his way. 
 Hickey's second goal of the night late in the second period proved to be the game winner and MacDougall would shut the door from there, and the Hurricanes would have a 3-2 lead after two complete. 
  Soramkai would increase the Herks lead as his second of the game and of the year was a strange one, he would skate over centre ice and dump the puck in towards Goodmurphy the puck took a crazy hop and bounced over the goaltenders glove hand, it now was a 4-2 Herk's lead in the third period. With a minute and twenty seconds left in the game Erik Charlie would blast a shot from the point and score his first goal of the year on the power play, giving the Hurricanes their first win of the year, a 5-2 final.
  The Canes got assist efforts from Kyle Migliazza with three, Devyn Chenier with a pair, along with steady goaltending from MacDougall stopping 32 of 34 shots.
 A complete game by the Canes earned them their win, and in the last four games you could see a slight improvement each game. The Canes were without the services of forward Christian Adamo (upper body) and defenseman Brandon Figliomeni (lower body). Next up for the Herks will be the Westfort Juveniles on Sunday.
                                                        SCORING SUMMARY
 1st; Bruins;  McGonigal ( Halverson, Ferguson ) 11:07. Herks; Soramaki 1 ( Stadey, Olynick ) 10:30. Bruins; McKay ( Miceli ) 6:57. Herks; Hickey 5 ( Treesh, Migliazza ) 5:51.
 2nd; Herks; Hickey 6 ( Charlie, Treesh ) 4:04. penalties; Herks; Hickey, slash, 11:29. Olynick, headcheck, 6:48. Bruins; Miklas, hold, 8:57. Miceli, head check, 1:04.
 3rd; Herks; Soramaki 2 ( Chenier, Migliazza ) 11:30. Charlie 1 ( Migliazza, Chenier )pp. 1:20. penalties; Herks; Chenier, unsportsmanlike, 11:30. McRae, int. & 10 misconduct, 9:34. Bruins; Uliana, slash, 1:26.
                                                   SHOTS ON GOAL
                     1st        2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS         12          11         12          35
Bruins           10          10         14          34


Herks_logo3_smallKyle Migliazza scored three times and the Fort William Hurricanes scored a 6-1 win over the Westfort Juveniles, Migliazza would score the first and last goals of the contest. Hayden Hickey would pick up his second game winner of the season, while Devyn Chenier would notch three assists. Jared Foulds would stop 15 of the 16 shots fired his way.
 The Canes would score the only goal of the opening frame with Migliazza netting his third of the year. Period number two would net Hickey his team leading sixth of the season, while Thomas Stadey would score his first on the power play and the Herks would lead 3-0 after two.
 A four goal explosion by the the two teams in the final period would see the Herks score three unanswered goals after Westfort's former Hurricane Aaron Bellinger would get one by Foulds cutting the Canes lead to 3-1. Marc Degagne would start the scoring with his second of the year, and then Migliazza took over as he would score twice, his fourth and fifth, completing his hat trick.
 This is the second win in a row for the improving Hurricanes but are still lacking a little bit of inconsisted play in the defensive end. The Canes were without forward Christian Adamo (upper body) and two defensemen Jacob McRae and Brandon Figliomeni both (lower body). Next test for the Herks will be the Current River Comets on Wednesday.
                                                    SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Herks; 3 ( Chenier, Degagne ) 11:27. penalties; Herks; Hickey, head check, 2:32. Westfort; Childforever, xcheck, 6:00. Hudyma, rough, 4:32. Lepage, slash, 2:32. Biasol, slash, 0:28.
 2nd; Herks; Hickey 6 ( Stadey, Olynick ) 12:29. Stadey 1 ( Charlie, Olynick ) pp.9:16 penalties; Herks; Hickey, xcheck, Westfort; Lepage, boarding, 10:21. Hibert, unsportsmanlike, 5:40. bench minor, 1:45. Hibert, 10 min.misconduct,1:45. Bitauv, double minor, headcheck, 1:03.
 3rd; Westfort; Bellinger (unassisted) sh. 14:52. Herks; Degagne 2 ( Chenier, Treesh ) 11:35. Migliazza 4 ( Treesh, Dalton ) 7:54. Migliazza 5 ( Hickey, Treesh ) sh. 3:01. penalties; Herks; Soramaki, slash, 4:36. Allam, int. 3:46. Westfort; Childforever, xcheck, 4:36.
                                                                 SHOTS ON GOAL
                            1st        2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS                7           10          17           34
Westfort             5             5             6           16


Herks_logo3_smallThe Fort William Hurricanes played a solid game which in turn led them to their third straight victory, as they defeated the Current River Comets 4-1 in Midget AA action. Lawrence Olynick would score the winner with 1:44 left in period one, it was his first of the season. The rest of the game was left to a strong defensive game and the spectacular goaltending of Jordan MacDougall who would stop 36 of 37 shots directed at him.
 Hayden Hickey would get the Herks started as his seventh of the season would give them a 1-0 lead at the 9:00 minute mark. The teams would trade scoring chances as the play would move back and fourth, with MacDougall stopping everything and kept the lead at one. With just under two minutes left in the period, Olynick positioned himself in front of Comet's netminder Trevor Caddo and tipped in a Erik Charlie's point shot for his first of the year, the first would end with Canes holding a 2-0 lead.
 The Comets would cut the lead in half at the 10:45 mark of period two, as Matthew Olinski would break through the Hurricanes defense and slide one under MacDougall. But 44 seconds later Devyn Chenier would give the Canes their two goal lead back as he would cash in his first goal of the season, 3-1 Herks. The Current River squad would not quit however and they picked up the tempo and brought the game to the Canes, MacDougall would not break and made several key saves to maintain a Herk lead, he would see and stop all 12 shots.
 The final frame again slightly belonged to the Comets as they would bring another 12 shots to MacDougall and none would get by the Herks netminder, on the other  end Caddo would face nine Hurricane shots and he also would let nothing by him. The Comets would pull Caddo for the extra attacker and applied pressure but the Herks would prevail. After missing his first try at the empty Comet cage Nicholaus Page would make good on his second attempt and place his second of the year right in the middle of the net making the final 4-1 Herks.
 Again there has been a lot of progress by the Hurricanes in their last three games, the offense is starting to score, defense playing solid, and the goaltending has been great. The Hurricanes were still playing shorthanded as forward Christian Adamo (upper body) ans D man Jacob McRae (lower body) are still on the shelf. Next up for the Herks will be Wednesday when they will play game two with the AAA Banatm Kings.
                                                       SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Herks; Hickey 7 ( Charlie, Page ) 9:00. Olynick 1 ( Charlie, Dalton ) 1:44. penalties; Herks, Chenier, xcheck, 0:07.
 2nd; Comets Olinski ( Pattison ) 10:45. Herks; Chenier 1 ( Migliazza, Treesh ) 10:01. penalties; Herks, MacDougall, int. 0:26. Comets; Pattison, slash, 7:20.
 3rd; Herks; Page 2 ( Degagne, Hickey )en. 0:17.
                                                        SHOTS ON GOAL
                         1st        2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS              8          10          10           28
Comets            11         12          14           37


Herks_logo3_smallThe Fort William Hurricanes Midget AA's used all of  38 seconds to score three times in the third period to come from behind and tie the Bantam AAA Kings 3-3, with the tie, it extened their unbeaten streak to four games.
 The contest was a defensive struggle for the first two periods as both the Herks and Kings could not muster any kind of sustainable offence. Period one saw a total of twelve shots with the Bantam's taking the slight edge at 7-5, ending with no score after one.
 Period two was a carbon copy of the first as there was no score and the shot total favoured the Canes by a slim margin of 7-6, each team would take one minor penalty.
 The final frame started with the Kings taking it to the Hurricanes and Jared Foulds would hold the fort in the Hurricanes goal. But half way through the period the Bantams would get on the board as Avery Siau's goal would make it 1-0, 19 seconds later Brendan Gillis would up the King's lead by two as he would score on the wrap around beating Foulds. A frustrated goaltender Foulds would take a slashing penalty after the second goal and the Kings would make it 3-0, 21 seconds into the power play with Stefan Lehto-Borich scoring. Two minutes later, cue the Herk comeback, Romy Treesh would take a pass from Kyle Migliazza and score the Herks first goal on the backhand, it was his second of the year. Hayden Hickey would net his team leading 8th  of the season thirty eight seconds later and cut the Kings lead at 3-2, Marc Degagne's third of the season would then tie the game at 3-3 just 13 seconds later, the Kings did manage to outshoot the Canes 13-6.
 Both clubs would wait to the third frame to score, with both scoring in a short time as all six goals were scored in a four minute span. Just a few games back a three goal deficit would turn into a loss for the Herks but over their last six games there has been noticeable improvement.
 The Hurricanes were playing without forwards Christian Adamo (upper body) Lawrence Olynick (personal) and defenseman Jacob McRae (lower body). Next up for the Herks will be the other Fort William Club the Canadiens on Wednesday.

                                                        SCORING SUMMARY
1st; no scoring. penalties; Kings; Gillis, hook, 5:04.
2nd; no scoring. penalties; Herks, Soramaki, trip, 8:32. Kings; Lefebvre, head check, 0:27.
3rd; Kings; Siau ( Gillis ) 7:57. Gillis ( Williams ) 6:44. Lehto-Borich ( Williams )pp. 6:23. Herks; Treesh 2 ( Migliazza, Figliomeni ) 4:59. Hickey 8 ( Bechard, Stadey ) 4:21. Degagne 3 ( Page, Chenier ) 3:57. penalties; Herks; Foulds, slash,6:44. Kings; Corness, head check, 3:48.
                                                             SHOTS ON GOAL
                     1st       2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS          5          7             6            18
Kings            7          6            13           26


Once again the Hurricanes were shutout for the third time this season, this time at the hands of their arch rivals the Fort William Canadiens by the score of 3-0, even the outstanding goaltending of Jordan MacDougall could not help the Herk offense.
 After a scoreless opening frame, where the Canes actually had an offensive push where they could not beat Eric Ouellet but could not score into their empty net chances. It was a defensive struggle, but MacDougall would be flawless and would turn away all eleven Hab shots, while Ouellet was perfect on the six shots he faced.
 It was the middle period where the wheels fell off for the Herks, as the Canadiens would score three times in a five minute span. Connor Butler would score on the power play at the 12:32 mark giving the Habs a 1-0 lead, they would increase their lead by two when Nicholas Crupi's point shot would deflect off a Hurricane defender and beat a screened MacDougall. A little over five minutes later Mitchell Dacey would be left all alone in front of MacDougall and score the Canadiens third goal, MacDougall would see 16 shots, while the Herks would fire nine at Ouellet.
The final frame was also scoreless as both clubs defended well, as both goaltenders did their job. The offense that carried the Herks to their modest four game winning streak was not there tonight.
 The Hurricanes still played well enough to win but needed to finish their chances, still however they are showing improvement. The Canes are still playing without injured forward Christian Adamo (upper body). The Hurricanes will now have a 13 day layoff before their next game against the Volunteer Pool Bearcats.
                                              SCORING SUMMARY
1st; no scoring; penalties; Habs; Wolframe; xcheck, 1:59.
2nd; Habs; Buttler ( Hrychk, Anttonen ) pp. 12:32. Crupi ( Wolframe, Bouchard ) 12:03. Dacey ( Whitehead, Desjardins ) 7:22. penalties; Herks; Chenier, xcheck, 14:07. Habs; Soychak, trip, 0:16.
3rd; no scoring. penalties; Herks; Allam, slash, 11:25. Habs; Dacey, hook, 7:49.
                                              SHOTS ON GOAL
                    1st        2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS           6            9           7          22
Habs              11          16         10         37



The Fort William Hurricanes failed to gain any ground on that fourth and 
final Midget AA playofff spot after dropping a pair of games this week. There were beaten by the Volunteer Pool Bearcats 4-3, followed by a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Current River Comets. With the season halfway over every point is crucial for the Hurricanes who now sit six points back of the Bearcats for the last playoff spot.
Sean Tenhave would give VP a 1-0 lead late in period one as his backhand would beat Herk starter Jared Foulds. The Hurricanes would manage to outshoot the Bearcats by a count of 11-9 but could not beat Bearcat goalie, Tiki Boyer.
The Hurricanes would score twice in a three minute and forty seven second span in period two as Hayden Hickey would net his ninth of the year, followed by Kyle Migliazza's sixth, giving the Herks a 2-1 lead. But five minutes later the Bearcats would even the score at 2-2 as Eric Armiento would slide one past Foulds. VP. would outshoot the Canes by a slim margin of 12-11.
Cosimo Pasqualino and Graham Belluz would score three minutes apart starting at the 9:11 mark of the final frame, giving the Bearcats a 4-2 lead with just over six minutes left in the game. Lawrence Dalton's wrap around goal would close the gap to 4-3 but that would be as close as the Herks would get. Foulds would face another ten shots bringing his total shots to thirty two for the game, while the Canes totaled thirty.
Kody Anton would score twice, once on a penalty shot to lead the Current River Comets to a 4-2 victory over the Fort William Hurricanes, it was the third consecutive loss for the struggling Canes.
The Comets would get on the board early in period one as Matthew Olinski would beat Herk goalie Jordan MacDougall for a 1-0 lead. Hayden Hickey would score his 10th of the season on the power play as he would tip an Erik Charlie point shot past Comet tender Jordan Kelso, tying the game at 1-1. The Comets would outshoot the Canes 10-8.
Current River would score three unanswered goals in period two to take a commanding 4-1 lead. Anton would score his first of two fifty seconds into the frame, Matthew Glomba's point shot would beat MacDogall four minutes later. Anton would get his penalty shot at the 5:26 mark, after he was hauled down by a Cane's defenseman. Anton would score the fourth goal on the shot, with MacDougall getting a piece of the puck but it managed to trickle in.
Marc Degagne would make it 4-2 as he would beat Kelso with his fourth of the year.
If the Hurricanes want to make the playoffs they cannot continue to let these games slip away. They must play an almost perfect game and maintain the intensity they need to win. Once again the Canes were playing shorthanded as forwards Christian Adamo (upper body) and Lawrence Olynick (illness) defenseman Chase Allam were not available, Jonathon Muia played his third game of the season. Next up for the Hurricanes will be the Canadiens.
                                 SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Bearcats; Tenhave (unassisted) 6:23. penalties; Bearcats; to many men, 2:27.
2nd; Herks; Hickey 9 ( Page, Degagne ) 13:53. Migliazza 6 ( Hickey, Allam ) 10:06. Bearcats; Armiento ( Gleeson ) 5:27.
3rd; Pasqualino ( Geravelis ) 9:11. Belluz ( Geravelis, Tenhave ) 6:20. Herks; Dalton 3 ( Charlie, Chenier ) 6:06.
                                    SHOTS ON GOAL
                1st        2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS      11          12          7            30
Bearcats     9           13         10           32

1st; Comets; Olinski ( Hughes, Pattison ) 13:07. Herks; Hickey 10 ( Charlie, Treesh ) pp. 9:20. penalties; Herks; to many men, 12:04. Dalton, slash, 4:51. Comets; Glomba, trip, 9:42. Northcott, hold, 8:21. Mihalcin, int.7:15. Bodnar, trip,2:00.
2nd; Comets; Anton ( Vis, Northcott ) 14:10. Glomba ( LeBlanc, Hughes ) 10:20. Anton penalty shot, 5:26. penalties; Comets; Northcott, hold, 5:52.
3rd; Herks; Degagne ( Soramaki, Page ) 9:53. penalties; Herks; McRae, rough, 8:51. Chenier, hold, 1:50. Chenier, 10 minute misconduct, 1:50. Comets; LeBlanc, rough, 8:51.
                                  SHOTS ON GOAL
                1st        2nd        3rd         Final
HERKS        8          10          5             23
Comets      10          11          9             30



Micheal Soramaki scored with ten seconds left to cap a four goal comeback by the Fort William Hurricanes as they came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the Fort William Canadiens 4-4.
The Herks had a huge task in front of them as they would face off against the first place Habs, without six regulars in the lineup. The Canadiens would open the scoring at the nine minute mark, with Hank Bouchard beating Canes netminder Jared Foulds. The Hurricanes would battle hard throughout the opening frame but a   small let down would cost them a goal with 0:13 seconds left in the period. The Habs would outshoot the Canes 11-7.
 Early in period two the Canadiens would make it 3-0 as John Anttonen would take advantage of a bad Herk line change at the 12:02 mark, a little under a minute later the Habs would score again with Conner Buttler scoring, 4-0 Canadiens. Cue the comeback as Brandon Figliomeni would score his first of the year with a beauty solo rush and beat Canadiens goalie Jordan Carlson making it 4-1 at the 1:51 mark on the power play, with 0:57 seconds Thomas Stadey would net his second of the season cutting the lead to 4-2. The Herks would manage to outshoot their opponets 12-11. 
The Canadiens would run into penalty trouble in the final frame which would limit their offence and the Herks would carry the play and with nine minutes to play Soramaki's power play point shot would elude Carlson and would cut the Hab lead to 4-3, it was Soramaki's third of the year and first of two on the night. The Hurricanes would pull Foulds for the extra attacker and the move would pay off, as Erik Charlie would hold the blue line keeping the puck in the Habs zone, Carlson would make a couple of tough saves, the puck would be cleared to the point again this Bryson Bolduc would keep the puck in, fire it deep behind the net where Soramaki would pick it up and slam it home with just 10 seconds left tying the game at 4-4. Shots on goal were 10-10.
The point earned was well deserved as the shorthanded Herks battled hard and it stopped a three game losing streak. Marc Degagne lead the Herks with three assists, while Kyle Stone and Dylan Hrychuk chipped in two points each for the Canadiens.  The Hurricanes were without defensemen Chase Allam (personal) Jacob McRae (lower body), forwards Christian Adamo (upper body) Hayden Hickey, Nick Page and Devyn Chenier (personal), goaltender Jordan MacDougall. The affilation help was very important and a huge thanks goes out to Bryson Bolduc, Lucas Bava, Jonathon Muia and Adam Cano. Next up for the Canes will be Sunday as they will play the Norwest Juveniles.
                                        SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Habs; Bouchard ( Wolframe, Buttler ) 9:09. Stone (unassisted) 0:13. penalties; Herks; Dalton, slash, 14:02. Habs; Whitehead, slash, 11:32. Wolframe, hold, 3:33.
2nd; Habs; Anttonen ( Hrychuk, Stone ) 12:02. Buttler ( Hrychuk, Anttonen ) 11:41. Herks; Figliomeni 1 ( Degagne, Foulds )pp 1:51. Stadey 2 ( Treesh, Olynick ) 0:57. penalties; Habs; Bouchard, slash, 2:39.
3rd; Herks; Soramaki 3 ( Degagne, Migliazza ) pp. 9:10. Soramaki 4 ( Degagne, Charlie ) 0:10.penalties; Herks; Soramaki, slash, 8:14. Habs; Crupi, xcheck,11:18. Hrychuk, boarding,10:46. Wolframe, int.10:13. Crupi, 10 minute misconduct, 9:10. Dacey, double minor spearing, 8:06.
                                     SHOTS ON GOAL
                 1st        2nd       3rd        Final
HERKS        7          12         10         29
Habs           11         12         10         32



Justin Uliana scored with just 2:46 left in the game to lift the Westend Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Fort William Hurricanes. The goal spoiled the Herks comeback bid as they overcame a 2-0 defict to tie the game at 2-2, only to see the Bruins hand them the loss.
Dominic Silvaggio would get Westend on the board at the 8:06 mark of the opening frame as his rebound shot beat Jared Foulds in the Canes goal. Three minutes later Alexander Miklas would blast one past Foulds for a 2-0 Bruins lead after one. Westend would hold a shot advantage by a 11-7 count
Hayden Hickey's power play goal midway through period two would cut the Bruin lead in half, as he would pick up a loose puck in the crease and stuff it by Bruins tender Matthew Kilby it was his team leading 12th of the season. The Canes outshot Westend 9-4.
The Hurricanes would even up the score at 2-2 four minutes into the final period as Lawrence Olynick would bang in his third of the year. The Herks seemed to go into a defensive mode after the tying goal and Foulds would face a number of shots, as the Canes would be hemed up in their own end and could only muster a total of five shots, while Foulds would be peppered with 15 shots, setting the stage for Uliana's goal, as he would come off the half wall and went roof with his backhand beating Foulds for the game winner.
Hickey had a two point night with a goal and an assist, while Silvaggio also chipped in with a goal and one helper, Morgan McKay had a two assist game all for Westend. The Hurricanes were once again playing short, as forward Christian Adamo (upper body) and defenseman Jacob McRae (lower body) were missing.
Next up for the Herks will be tournament play as they set out for Sault Ste.Marie to compete in the Steel City International. Up first will be Copper Cliff, followed by the Root River Rangers.
                                      GAME SUMMARY
1st; Bruins; Silvaggio ( Carroll, McKay ) 8:06. Miklas ( Ferguson, Silvaggio ) 5:21.
2nd; Herks; Hickey 12 ( Migliazza, Soramaki ) pp. 8:25. penalties; Herks; Chenier, 10 minute misconduct,9:00. Olynick, rough, 2:04. Bruins; Uliana, slash, 10:08. Flewelling, trip, 4:54. McKay, rough, 2:04. Baxter, hook, 1:05.
3rd; Herks; Olynick 3 ( Stadey, Hickey ) 11:25. Bruins; Uliana ( McKay, Flewelling)   2:46. penalties; Bruins; McGonigal, slash, 14:42.
                                   SHOTS ON GOAL
                 1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS        7         9          5           21
Bruins         11        4         15          30





Two goals by Erik Charlie and a stellar performance in goal by Jordan MacDougall lifted the Fort William Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Copper Cliff Redman, at the Steel City International Tournament.
Charlie would pick up the puck behind his own goal and skate the length of the ice and deposit his second goal of the year behind Redmen tender Jacob Martin for a Herk lead three minutes in. MacDougall would face nine shots and kept Copper Cliff off the score sheet.
The second period belonged to MacDougall as he would have to make stop after stop to maintain the lead. Charlie would score his second of the game, third of the year on the power play giving the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead two minutes in the frame. Copper Cliff would finally find a hole in MacDougall's armour as Dylan Scott's power play marker would cut the Cane's lead to 2-1 after two. The Redmen would outshoot the Herks by a 15-4 margin.
Kyle Migliazza's seventh goal of the season would prove to be the game winner as he would score at the 10:43 mark of the final period, giving the Canes a 3-1 lead. MacDougall would continue his hot hand in goal and would only be beaten one more time as Curtis Greasley would score at the 6:14 mark making the contest very interesting at 3-2. MacDougall would have to make a couple of key saves as Migliazza would take a double minor for contact to the head to preserve the win.The Herks defense and penalty kill came through in the crunch and the forwards played a great positional game. MacDougall was voted game star.
Once again the Hurricanes were playing shorthanded as they continue to be without forward Christian Adamo (upper body) and defenseman Jacob McRae (lower body). Next up for the Hurricanes in the Tournament will be the Root River Rangers.
                                      SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Herks; Charlie 2 ( unassisted ) 12:07. penalties; Herks; Chenier, rough, 2:54. Copper Cliff; Sedore, head check, 2:09.
2nd; Herks; Charlie 3 ( Degagne, Romy ) pp. 13:22. Redmen; Scott ( Sedore, Romenco ) pp. 3:08. penalties; Herks; Dalton, rough, 11:00. Allam, xcheck, 4:28.Dalton, slash, 1:37. Redmen; Greasley, rough, 14:58. Rouleau, rough, 11:00. Leore, 10, minute misconduct, game misconduct, 7:04.
3rd; Herks; Migliazza 7 ( Figliomeni, Page ) 10:43. Redmen; Greasley ( Sedore, Vendramin ) 6:14. penalties; Herks; Migliazza, double minor head check, 4:19. Redmen; Rouleau, xcheck, 13:57. Romenco, int.4:53.
                                              SHOTS ON GOAL
                      1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS            8           4         13         25
Redmen           9          15         10        34


Hayden Hickey had a goal and an assist and Jared Foulds would stone the Root River Rangers in the third period as the Fort William Hurricanes would earn a 3-3 tie at the Steel City International Tournament after falling behind 2-0, going undefeated after two games.
The Hurricanes would fall behind early as Root River would score at the 11:50 mark of period one, with Erik Paradis beating Foulds on the backhand. The Rangers would outshoot the Canes eight three.
Four minutes into the second Root River would take a 2-0 lead as Matt DiBerardino would snap one past a screened Foulds. Hickey would go behind the Rangers goal and feed Marc Degagne for his sixth of the season and the Herks would cut the lead in half at 2-1 at the 8:44 mark. Hickey would tie the contest at 2-2 with his 13th of the season, twenty four seconds later Thomas Stadey would give the Canes a one goal lead with his his third, but the lead was short lived as the Herks would lose a draw in thier own end and Paradis would net his second of the game, once again Foulds was unable to see the puck, 3-3 after two. Again the Hurricanes would be outshout 12-10.
Even though the final period was scoreless, Foulds would have to make several key stops preserving the tie, especially in the final minutes of the frame as the Herks would be penalized with just two minutes left. And Foulds would steal the show stopping two or three point blank shots, and would be named game star.
The Hurricanes have come down to the tournament and after two games have come together as team and playing well as a team. Unfortunatley they may have suffered two more players to injury as defeneman Erik Charlie (upper body) Thomas Stadey (upper body) have joined already injured players Christian Adamo & Jacob McRae. Next up for the Canes will be another team from Thunder Bay, the Current River Comets.
                                SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Rangers; Paradis ( Sartoretto, Jollineau ) 11:50.
2nd; Rangers; DiBerardino ( Jollineau, Dale ) pp. 10:59. Herks; Degagne 6 ( Hickey, Chenier ) Hickey 13 ( Page, Figliomeni ) 3:25. Stadey ( unassisted ) 3:01. Rangers; Paradis ( Jollineau ) 2:22. penalties; Herks; Olynick, trip, 14:11 Allam, int.12:47. Dalton, slash, 1:00. 
3rd; no scoring; penalties; Herks; Soramaki, hook, 1:55. Rangers;Avati, board, 4:33.
                                   SHOTS ON GOAL
                 1st       2nd       3rd        Final
HERKS        3         10         5           18
Rangers       9         12         7           28



After edging their home town rivals in game three by a score of 4-3, the Fort William Hurricanes lost the elimination game to the same club Current River Comets 9-2 in the Steel City International Tournament, thus ending any hope for the Herks to move on.
Game three in the round robin was a fast paced hard hitting affair, which saw both teams from Thunder Bay play a classic. Marc Degagne would give the Canes a 1-0 lead with his seventh early in the opening frame, but two minutes later Liam Coulter would even up the score at 1-1. Goalie Jordan MacDougall would face 13 Comet shots, while the Current River tender Jordan Kelso would see nine Herk blasts.
The Comets would take a 2-1 lead in the second period as Max Ukrainec would put one by a screened MacDougall. Current River had ten shots, while the Canes managed five.
The final frame would see the Hurricanes score three unanswered goals for a two goal lead late in the game. Romy Treesh would score one of the prettiest goals of the tournament as he would take a pass from Degagne deep in the Herk zone, go coast to coast and put one past Kelso while falling to the ice for a 2-2 tie six minutes in, it was Treesh's third of the season. A minute later Kyle Migliazza's eighth of the season would give the Canes the lead back at 3-2. Lawrence Olynick would score his fourth of the year and the Hurricanes had a two goal lead at 4-2 with just four minutes left in the game. But once again the Comets would not go away easy, the Canes would take a penalty at the 1:33 mark and Cody Colby's point shot would elude MacDougall and the score was now 4-3 Herks with 0:52 seconds left, but that was all the Comets could do as the Hurricanes would preserve the win to go unbeaten in the round robin porition and claimed first place in their division. Game star went to Devyn Chenier as he would chip in three assists for the Hurricanes. Coulter would add two helpers to go along with his goal and Matthew Glomba would aslo have two assists for the Comets. MacDougall would face 33 shots.
So after all the math was done, it worked out that the same two clubs would have to face each other one more time, this time however the loser of this contest would be eliminated from the tournament.
A shorthanded Hurricane's team would be victiumized by the Comets as they would go on to beat up the Canes by a score of 9-2. It was 1-1 after one, and then 4-1 after two, the Comets would outscore the Herks 5-1 in the final period to make the final score 9-2. Herks starting goaltender Jared Foulds would be tested 53 times in the game while the Canes would only have 22 shots on the Current River goalie. Matthew Glomba would net the hat trick plus add one helper for a four point night. Liam Coulter would have four assists, Kody Anton was two and two, while Andrew Vis would also chip in with two goals and one assist. Hayden Hickey netted both Herk goals giving him 15 on the season. The Hurricanes had an excellent showing in the Steel City Tournament as it seemed the club came together and played some great hockey. They got some balanced scoring, great goaltending, hopefully this will carry on for the remainder of the season.
Next up for the Herks will be the Volunteer Pool Bearcats as they return to regular season play Following that will be another busy weekend as the Canes will be participating in the Robins Classic Tournament. 



Jordan Macdougall's solid effort in goal earned the Fort William Hurricanes a 1-1 draw with the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, MacDougall would turn aside 42 of the 43 shots fired at him. His play was the only spark the Canes had as the listless Herks looked jet lagged after a tough tournament in Sault Ste. Marie.
Period one was scoreless, but the majority of the play was in the Hurricanes zone and MacDougall faced 14 shots and would be called on to make a few splendid saves. The Herks offense was limited to three shots.
Once again the Hurricanes would find themselves bottled up in their own end and MacDougall would have to repeat his first period heroics. The Canes  would lose a draw in their zone and Zach Korchak would lift a high fly ball into the air and it would find it's way behind MacDougall two minutes in and the Bearcats would take a 1-0 lead. The Canes would tie the contest up at 1-1, as Devyn Chenier would steal the puck at centre ice and would use his team mate Lawrence Olynick as a screen and score his second of the season, his shot would beat Tiki Boyer in the Volunteer Pool goal. Once again the Bearcats would outshoot the Herks by a 12-6 count.
The final frame belonged to the Bearcats and MacDougall. Volunteer Pool would dominate the scoreless period as the play would remain in the Hurricanes zone for a great deal of the time. MacDougall was the answer for the Herks as he would see 17 shots and none would get by him preserving the point. The Hurricanes would continue to take penalties late in the game putting extra pressure on the team. The Canes would lose defenseman Lawrence Dalton early in the game as he would be assessed a gross misconduct, putting the Canes defense down to four.Defenseman Erik Charlie (upper body)  would be absent for tonights game. On the bright sight of the injury front saw the return of forward Christian Adamo (upper body) and defenseman Jacob McRae (lower body).
The Hurricanes return to action tomorrow as they will have a rematch with the Bearcats as both clubs will be participants in the Robins Classic Tournament.
                                       SCORING SUMMARY
1st; no scoring; penalties; Herks, Dalton, slash, 10 mnute misconduct, gross misconduct, 7:30.
2nd; Bearcats; Korchak ( unassisted ) 13:09. Herks 2 ( unassisted ) 1:43. penalties; Bearcats; Wintoneak, knee, 4:20.
3rd; no scoring; penalties; Herks; Olynick, rough, 13:23. Chenier, xcheck, 11:00. Hickey, head check, 8:40. Bearcats; Gleeson, rough, 13:23.
                                         SHOTS ON GOAL
                1st        2nd        3rd       Final
HERKS       3           6            5           14
Bearcats    14         12          17           43




Nicholas Page would net his fourth goal of the season late in period three to lift the Fort William Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, at the Robins Minor Classic Tournament. It was each club's first games of the tournament.
The Bearcats would open the scoring as Chris Geravelis's shot would sneak by Jared Foulds in the Herk's net at the 9:35 mark in period one. But a minute later Marc Degagne would tie the game at 1-1 with his eighth of the year as he slide one under Bearcat goalie Devin Russell. Once again the Herks found themselves being outshot 14-11.
 Kyle Migliazza would find a loose puck in the crease and stuff his ninth past Russell for a Herk one goal lead at 2-1 two minutes into period two. Graham Belluz would tie the game for Volunteer Pool  at 2-2 on the power play. The Herks would outshoot the opposition by 11-6.
The final period was back and forth as both teams tried to break the deadlock, but both netminders did their job. A break came to the Canes as they broke in on a two on one with Devyn Chenier skating hard down the right side and slide a perfect tape to tape pass to Page for the easy tap in giving the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead with three and a half minutes to play. The Bearcats would apply the pressure but Foulds would come up large making three keys stops, insuring the victory for the Herks, as they were out shot 10-7. Chenier and Migliazza would both chip in with a two point game. Game Star for the Hurricanes was Marc Degagne. Defenseman Jacob McRae (lower body) would not make it out of the dressing room for the final period, also the Canes were short defenseman Lawrence Dalton who was serving his first of three game suspension. Next up for the Herks will be the Current River Comets, whom they have played two of their last three games against.
                                           SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Bearcats; Geravelis ( Korchak ) 9:35. Herks; Degagne 8 ( Treesh, Allam ) 8:55. penalties; Bearcats; Wesley, int. 11:43.
2nd; Migliazza 9 ( Page, Chenier ) 13:57. Bearcats; Belluz ( Dygun ) pp. 6:15. Penalties; Herks; Charlie, double minor, xcheck, 6:52. Bearcats; Benchminor, 4:36. Wesley, xcheck, 0:00.
3rd; Herks; Page 4 ( Chenier, Migliazza ) 3:37. penalties; Herks; Adamo, slash, 6:59. Bearcats; Geravelis, hold, 13:33.
                                    SHOTS ON GOAL
                    1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS          11         12         7            30
Bearcats       14          6         10           30



The Fort William Hurricanes played with seven forwards and four defenseman and the Current River Comets took full advantage of the Herks short bench and defeated them by a score of 6-1. The Comets were lead by a four point performance by Liam Coulter with two goals and two assists, Matthew Glomba  would also have a four point game by scoring one and adding three assists. Kody Anton also had two goals and two helpers. Hayden Hickey would score the lone Cane's goal.
Current River would take 1-0 lead two and half minutes into the game as Glomba would beat Herks goaltender Jordan MacDougall, and then would score again with just under two minutes left in period one as Coulter would make it 2-0, Comets.MacDougall would face 15 shots, while the Hurricanes had eleven.
Hickey would cut the lead in half as his 16th of the year beat Jordan Kelso, but would be all the offense the Canes would muster. Current River would then score four unanswered goals in a seven minute span. Kody Anton would score his first of two, followed by Cody Colby, Anton with his second and rounding out the scoring was Coulter with his second. Shots on goal favoured Current River once again 15-4.
The third started with a change in goal for the Hurricanes as Jared Foulds would replace MacDougall. There was no scoring in the frame.The Comets top line of Anton,Coulter and Glomba accounted for 12 scoring points. The Herks will play a tough opponentt next as they will faceoff against the Dryden Paper Kings at Fort William First Nation #1.
The Herks were without forward Lawrence Olynick (personal) defensemen, Jacob McRae (lower body) Lawrence Dalton (suspension) Erik Charlie (personal). The Hurricanes gave it a vailliant effort but were out of gas by the halfway mark of period two.
                                         SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Comets; Glomba ( Coulter, Anton ) 13:31. Coulter ( Anton, Glomba ) 1:54. 
2nd; Herks; Hickey 15 ( Degagne, Allam ) 10:26. Comets; Anton ( Glomba, Coulter) 8:53. Colby ( Pattison ) 6:35. Anton ( Hughes ) 5:14. Coulter ( Glomba, Colby ) 1:11.  penalties; Herks, Stadey, trip, 5:56. Comets; Glomba, head check, 5:47.
3rd; no scoring. penalties; Herks; Allam, 10 minute misconduct, Comets, Glomba, 10 minute misconduct.
                                           SHOTS ON GOAL
               1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS     11         4          3           18
Comets     15        15         5           35


After defeating the Fort William Hurricanes in the quater finals at the Steel City Tournament in Sault Ste.Marie, the curse continued back home in the Robins Classic Tournament, as the Current River Comets would beat the Canes in the round robin portion by a score of 6-1. And if that was not enough the two rivals would meet up in the Semi-Finals and the Comets would go on to a 4-1 victory, eliminating the Hurricanes once again from tournament play.
The Herks would have a decent showing at both tournaments as they would go 2-1-1 at the Steel City, followed by a 3-2 record at the Robins.
Marc Degagne would lead the Canes in tournament scoring as he would tally 5 goals and four assists for nine points, Devyn Chenier would pile up seven assists to go along with his two goals for nine points. Kyle Migliazza would net five goals and add three helpers for eight points, while Hayden Hickey would also have eight points with three goals and five assists. Goaltenders Jordan MacDougall and Jared Foulds would both have winning records, as MacDougall would go three wins, one tie, one loss, while Foulds would post a two win, two loss, one tie record.
The Hurricanes would play both tournaments shorthanded, as defensemen Jacob McRae (lower body), Erik Charlie (upper body) Lawrence Dalton (suspension), with forward Christian Adamo (upper body) returning for the Robins Tournament. All in all the club faired pretty well in tournament play, hopefully it will continue in league play as well as a final Tournament in Duluth Mn. February 1,2 & 3. 2013. Next up for the Herks will be back to back games starting with the AAA Bantam Kings, followed by a test with the Westend Bruins.


The Fort William Hurricanes have seen their better play in the past two tournaments go South, as they would drop two regular season games by the scores of 5-0 to the AAA Bantam Kings, and lose 6-1 to the Westend Bruins, thus giving away four very valuable points in the Midget AA standings, as they now sit six points back of the Volunteer Pool Bearcats for the fourth and final playoff spot.
Troy Williams led the Kings attack with a goal and two assists and goaltender Brock Aiken stopped all six shots the Herks would direct his way, Hurricanes netminder Jordan MacDougall would face 41 AAA shots.
Kyle Migliazza would score three minutes into the opening frame giving the Canes an early 1-0 lead over the Bruins, but Westend would score six unanswered goals to send the Herks to their second consecutive defeat. Hayden Baxter would count a pair for the victors. Once again Herks the would be out shot by a 46 to 14 count, Jared Foulds was left without much help in the loss.
If the Hurricanes want to make the playoffs they must put a complete game together and come to compete every night, points will be at a premium from here on in. Next up for the Canes will be the Current River Comets. 


The Current River Comet's have dominated the Fort William Hurricanes all season long and once again the curse showed it'e ugly head as the Comets handed the Herks their third straight loss , as they went on to a 6-3 victory, this is the fourth loss in a row the Canes have suffered to the club from Current River.
Hayden Hickey would give the Canes an early lead as he would net his 17th of the season on a fine rush that would beat Comet netminder Trevor Caddo for a 1-0 advantage. But with just over four minutes left in the period the wheels would fall off for the Hurricanes as the Comets would strike four times in that time frame. Brett Bodnar would open the flood gates as his power play goal beat Herk's goalie Jordan MacDougall at the 4:06 mark, that would be followed by Morgan Hughes getting one by MacDougall 50 seconds later. Matthew Glomba would put up another power play goal with just 0:27 seconds left giving the Comets a 3-1 lead, nine seconds later Liam Coulter would pick off a clearing attempt by goalie MacDougall and deposit his first of three, closing the opening frame at 4-1 Current River. That would spell the end of MacDougall's night and Jared Foulds would take over the goaltending duties.
There was no scoring in period two as both teams would decide to play a defensive game, Foulds was stellar in goal for the Canes as he would stop all ten shots fired his way, while Caddo blanked the Canes on their nine shots.
The final period would see the Hurricanes try and make a come back as they would score two power play goals three minutes apart late in the frame number three. Romy Treesh's fifth of the year was a power play marker scored at the 6:42 mark and three minutes later Christian Adamo would bring the Herks to 4-3 with his third of the year also on the PP. But that would be all the Canes could do as Coulter would complete his hat trick scoring his second of the game with 1:45 left in the game and then completing his hat trick with just two seconds left, making the final 6-3.
If the Herks did not have that four minute breakdown in the opening frame the outcome of this game could have been a lot better, the Herks all in all did not play a really bad game, but must come to grips that when they make a mistake in usually ends up in the back of their net, they must play an error free game to be sucessful. Next up for the Herks will be the Fort William Canadiens. Don't forget the Midget AA All-Star game at the Fort William Gardens beginning at 6:30, the Hurricanes will have six players playing.
                                     SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Herks; Hickey 17 ( Page, Soramaki ) 10:07. Comets; Bodnar ( Beardy )pp. 4:06. Hughes ( unassisted ) 3:46. Glomba ( Colby ) pp. 0:27. Coulter ( unassisted ) 0:18. penalties; Herks; Stadey, rough, 4:38. Figliomeni, trip, 0:44 
2nd; no scoring. penalties; Herks; Chenier, head check, 0:38. Comets; Glomba, hold,8:14. Northcott, slash,6:18. Glomba, slash, 2:50. Northcott, int. 0:19.
3rd; Herks; Treesh 5 ( Degagne, Adamo ) pp. 6:42. Adamo 3 ( Figliomeni, Hickey ) pp. 3:52. Comets; Coulter ( Anton ) 1:45. Coulter ( Anton ) 0:02. penalties; Herks; Chenier, 10 minute misconduct, 8:18. Comets; Anton, slash, 13:45. Glomba, 10 minute misconduct, 8:18. Anton, slash, 8:18. Northcott, slash, 6:05. Coulter, slash, 4:30.
                                             SHOTS ON GOAL
                      1st       2nd        3rd       Final
HERKS            6          9            12         27
Comets           11        10           10         31



The Fort William Hurricanes playoff hopes took a turn for the worse as they were defeated by the Fort William Canadiens 6-3 as the Herks would suffer their fourth loss in a row. Hank Bouchard would lead the Canadien's attack by scoring twice and adding one assist.
The Canes would open the scoring at the 6:26 mark of period one as Hayden Hickey's 18th of the season was scored on the power play beating Habs goaltender Jordan Carlson. But with just over a minute left in the frame, a defensive miscue would cost the Herks the lead as Bouchard would steal the puck and get the tying goal by Hurricanes goalie Jared Foulds.
In the middle period the Habs would score twice early and late. Brett Bishop would make it 2-1 at the 12:00 minute mark, and Bouchard made it 3-1 as he netted his second of the contest with just three and a half minutes left to play in the period.
The final stanza would see the Canes tie the game at 3-3 by scoring two goals in just a little over two minutes. A minute and a half into the period Nickolaus Page would score his fifth of the year, and just two minutes later Devin Wigmore would take a pass from Lawrence Olynick and beat Carlson and the game was tied. But the wheels would fall off for the Canes with 6:43 left in the game. Mitchell Dacey would give the Habs the lead at 4-3, Dylon Hrychuk would make it 5-3 scoring at the 4:36 mark, shortly after that Kyle Stone would score with 3:07 left in the game, making the final 6-3 Canadiens. The Hurricanes would be outshot by a 26-20 margin, they would be without two defensemen as Erik Charlie (upper body) and Jacob McRae (lower body) as well as forward Kyle Migliazza (personal).
The Herks play hard for some periods of games and look like they are making the turn, but as in every game in this losing streak they have had  defensive lapses in three or four minute spans and the other teams seem to capitilize on every Hurricane miscue. They will need to put together a winning streak to get back into the playoff picture.
The Hurricanes will be off to Duluth this weekend and will faceoff against Burnsville in game one Friday night, will play two games on Saturday with Roseville being first followed by a game with Winnipeg.
                                           SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Herks; Hickey 18 ( Degagne, Treesh ) pp.6:26. Habs; Bouchard ( Hrychuk, Whitehead ) 1:21. penalties; Herks; Stadey, int.0:19. Habs; Bishop, head check, 7:53.
2nd; Habs; Bishop ( Bouchard, Dacey ) 12:00. Bouchard ( MacFarlene, Desjardins) 3:31. penalties; Herks; Dalton, 10 minute misconduct, 2:14. Habs; Stone, int. 9:21 
3rd; Herks; Page 5 ( Adamo ) 14:35. Wigmore 2 ( Olynick, Hickey ) 12:16. Habs; Dacey ( MacFarlene ) 6:43. Hrychuk ( Stone, Butler ) 4:36. Stone (unassisted) 3:07. penalties; Habs; Crupi, slash, 0:18.
                                     SHOTS ON GOAL
                     1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS            8          5          7          20
Habs                9          7         10         26


The Fort William Hurricanes won their first two games of the Duluth Junior Gold Tournament. They opened the tournament with a 6-5 win over Burnsville lead by a two goal performance by Devyn Chenier, followed that with a 5-1 victory over Roseville, Romy Treesh had a pair of goals. Next up for the Canes will be Winnipeg. More details and stats later.


The Fort William Hurricanes would reach the Semi-Finals for the third time in three tournaments. After clinching their division titles in the Steel City (Sault Ste. Marie), the Robins and the Duluth Junior A Gold Tournaments they would be beaten twice by the Tournament Champions in the elimination game. Thus proving that this Club can compete with the top teams in tournaments and need to bring this game to league play.
The Canes would win game one of the Duluth Junior Gold Tournament with a 6-5 win over Burnsville, Devyn Chenier would lead the way for the Herks with two goals and one assist, Lawrence Olynick would chip in with a goal and two helpers. Jordan MacDougall would pick up the victory in goal.
The Hurricanes would pick up win number two on Saturday morning scoring a 5-1 win over Roseville, Jared Foulds would turn aside 29 of the 30 shots fired his way for the win. Romy Treesh would score twice and assist on one goal, hayden Hickey would also have three points with a goal and two helpers.
The Herks would drop their first game of the round robin, losing 3-2 to Winnipeg (St.Vital) but would clinch the the division by goal differental. Jordan MacDougall  would suffer the loss in goal. Hayden Hickey would have two points with a goal and an assist.
So the quarter final was set the Hurricanes would face the undefeated St. Louis Park Flyers, winner goes to the gold medal game loser would play for bronze.
This would turn out to be a great game as both teams played hard and goaltending was outstanding. The Herks would score late in the opening frame as Kyle Migliazza would tip home a Lawrence Dalton point shot with 2:08 remaining. But the story of the frame was the goaltending of Herk starter Jared Foulds as he would face 18 Flyer shots, making several key stops, preserving the 1-0 Cane's lead.
Period two was defensive hockey and close checking and both teams fought hard to preserve a scoreless period. Each team could only muster 15 shots between them with Herks getting seven. The period would end with the Herks still leading after two, 1-0.
In the final frame Foulds would also be the standout facing another 18 shots with many of the saves being game savers. Once again the Herks played hard through most of the period protecting the 1-0 lead. But with just 2:08 left in regulation time St. Louis would tie the game as Tanner Ahlborn would get one by Foulds, 1-1 with just over two minutes left, the Canes would break into the Flyers zone as Christian Adamo would lead the rush, stop at the faceoff circle and rifle a shot past Flyer goalie Matt Knuth giving the Herks the lead back at 2-1 with 1:16 left in the period, things were looking good for the Hurricanes and the Gold Medal game was in sight, but that dream would end as Ahlborn would net his second of the contest beating Foulds on a rebound with just 0:04 seconds left, the game was headed to overtime. The Flyers would get the game winner late in the extra frame as Connor Allen's screen shot would find the back of the net for the victory. The Canes would manage a total of 25 shots, while Foulds would face a grand total of 46 shots by the team from St.Louis Park.
The Canes would then bow out in the third place game to Blaine. Next up for the Herks will be the Westend Bruins back home.


The Fort William Hurricanes playing their sixth game in three days fell to the Westend Bruins by a score of 4-1, with the loss the Herks will have a tough road ahead to make the Midget AA playoffs, but with a little luck and a lot of hardwork it is very possible.
The Bruins would score three unanswered goals in the opening frame to take a quick 3-0 lead after one. Austin Ferguson would get Westend going as he would beat Jared Foulds in the Herk net at the 12:17 mark. A half minute later Brandon Baldassi would increase the lead by two as his backhand would find the back of the net.Blade Collins would make it 3-0 Bruins with 5:43 left in the period. A very tired Hurricane team could only muster a mere seven shots at Matthew Kilby, while Foulds would have to handle 21 Westend shots keeping the Canes within reach.
The second period was all Bruins once again and they kept Foulds very busy, but this time he would stop all 16 shots he faced, meanwhile the Herks could only manage a single shot. There was no scoring in the period so the Bruins would carry a 3-0 lead going into the final stanza.
Sal Pelaia would make it 4-0 at the 12:55 mark of the third as he was left all alone in front of Foulds. Nickolaus Page would break Kilby's shutout as he would score a power play goal with 4:26 left in the game making the final 4-1 Bruins. 
After having another great showing at the Duluth Junior Gold Tournament,a tired shorthanded Herk team could not get any offense going in the first game back home as the struggle to win games continues. The defense has been without Jacob McRae (lower body) and Erik Charlie (upper body) for an extended period of time and looks like they may not be able to return to action this season.
Next up for the Hurricanes will be the AAA Bantam Kings on Wednesday.
                                         SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Bruins; Ferguson ( Baxter, Baldassi ) 12:17. Baldassi ( Maxfield ) 11:34. Collins ( Pelaia, Pacifico ) 5:43. penalties; Herks; Olynick, int. 3:38.
2nd; no scoring. penalties; Herks; Hickey, hook,13:08. Olynick, slash, 7:24. Allam, charge, 5:07.Chenier, xcheck & 10 minute misconduct, 1:24. Bruins;  Mcgonigal, double minor head check, 10 minute misconduct.
3rd; Bruins; Pelaia ( Miklas, Collins ) 12:55. Herks; Page 8 ( Treesh, Figliomeni ) pp.4:26. penalties; Herks; Soramaki, hold, 8:34. Bruins; Flewelling, 10 minute misconduct, 8:34. Baxter, slash, 7:56. Collins, double minor head check,4:40.
                                          SHOTS ON GOAL
                  1st       2nd       3rd       Final
HERKS         7           1         6          14
Bruins          21         16        10         47



The Fort William Hurricanes Midget AA 2012-2013 season came to end, but on the bright side as they scored a 4-1 win over the Volunteer Pool Bearcats.
Marc Degagne would score his 11th goal of the season a minute into the opening frame picking up a loose puck in the crease and beating Bearcats netminder Tiki Boyer, three minutes later Hayden Hickey would net his 22nd of the year as his rush would also beat Boyer, the first would end with the Herks leading 2-0. Hurricanes starting goaltender Jarec Foulds would be tending his last game for the Herks as he will be graduating out of the Midget program, and would face nine shots.
Period two saw Volunteer Pool take it to the Canes as they would fire another 11 shots at Foulds and once again he would keep the Bearcats off the scoresheet. Nick Page would give the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead half way through the second as his ninth goal of the year eluded Boyer and the Herks could only manage a five shot out put. 
Four minutes into the final frame Foulds would loose his shut out bid as Graham Belluz would fine the back of net cutting the Herk lead to 3-1, and Volunteer Pool would keep coming testing Foulds the whole period but that would be all that would beat him tonight. Devyn Chenier would pick the puck up on the Canes blueline and skate in on Boyer only to be brought down by a Bearcat defender and was awarded a penalty shot, Chenier would make no mistake as he would rifle a shot past Boyer for his ninth goal. Once again the Hurricanes were outshot by 14-9 margin. Hickey had a three point night with a goal and two assists running his team leading point production to 52. Degane picked up two points as well Romy Treesh chipped in with two assists. Foulds would face a total of  35 shots with only the one shot beating him. Once again the Hurricanes were playing shorthanded as Jake MacRae (upper body) Lawrence Dalton (upper body) and Christian Adamo (upper body) were out.
                                           SCORING SUMMARY
1st; Herks; Degagne 11 ( Hickey, Treesh ) 14:08. Hickey 22 ( Treesh, Degagne ) 11:40. penalties; Herks; Figliomeni, high stick, 7:20.

2nd; Herks; Page 9 ( Hickey, Migliazza ) 7:50. penalties; Bearcats; Tenhave, trip, 9:51.
3rd; Bearcats; Belluz ( Sutor ) 11:00. Herks: Chenier, 9. penalty shot. 6:21. penalties; Herks; Hickey, hook, 7:46. Bearcats; Belluz, high stick, 13:23. Korchak, slash, 2:22. 
                                            SHOTS ON GOAL
                    1st        2nd        3rd        Final
HERKS          10          5          8            23
Bearcats        10         11        14            35


The 2012-2013 Fort William Hurricane season has come to an end, with mixed results.
The Bantam A's finished fourth overall in regular season and went on to defeat the Thunder Bay Elks two games to one, in the quater finals, but bowed out to the Norwest Stars in the Semi-final losing the third and deciding game 5-4 in overtime. A huge congratualtions to the Bantam A's on a super season.
The first place Midget B's went down to defeat to the South End Stars, two games to one in the Midget B semi-final.
The organization would like to congratulate the Midget B's on a fine season they did finish first in their division.
The Midget AA's failed to qualify for this seasons post season, but not for trying an injury plaqued year and some tough breaks made for a tough year. The Club however had a great tournament record.
The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club would like to take this time to thank all the players for being part of this organization this season, you made the Herks proud. To all graduating players good luck on moving up, hope to see you in the Junior or Juvenile ranks next year. Hope to see all returning players back in a Hurricane Jersey next season.
Just a reminder that the Fort William Hurricanes Annual Awards Banquet is set for Thursday April 19, 2013. It will be held at the Fort William Columbus Centre, North May street, starting at 6:00 pm. All players are free, extra tickets ($25.00) can be purchased from team manager. Hope to see you there.


The Fort William Hurricane Hockey Club would like to congratulate the Fort William Canadiens on capturing their fourth Midget AA Championship in four years as they went on to defeat the defending Champs the Current River Comets in a best of five series three games to two. It was a well played hard hitting battle, with the home team winning each game. Again congratulations to both clubs.



The 2013-2014 Hurricane Hockey Season is just around the corner and with it will bring a few new changes.

First and foremost will see the retirement of the long time Midget AA coaching staff, gone are Coaches Larry Busniuk, Jim Antosiak, Ed Dzijak, trainer Mike Buzzi and Manager Larry Deswiage, this staff has been together since 1996. The Hurricanes will aslo be introducing an alternate third jersey this season.

Thunder Bay Minor Hockey registration is set for Tuesday August 20th,Wednesday August 21st, and Thursday August 22nd, 2013 starting at 5:30 till 8:00 pm. Three more dates are set for August 27,28 and 29th same times. At the new hockey office at 212 East Miles Street across from the CBC Radio Station. They will be registering all Bantam, Midget and Juvenile players at a cost of $425.00 per player.No personal cheques, Credit Card, Debit Card and of course cash will only be accepted. Please come out and register.








The new hockey season is a month away and the Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club have their coaching staffs in place for the 2013-2014 season. The Bantam A's and the Midget B staffs remain unchanged, the biggest change will come in the Midget AA Club as the long time coaching staff has stepped down. 

The Bantam A staff will be;

Head Coach;          Adam Joyce
Asst. Coach;         Ryan Cavezza
Asst. Coach;         Justin Joyce
Trainer;                 Randy Joyce
MANAGER;          Nick Cavezza

The Midget B staff will be;

Head Coach;         Tyler Cooper
Asst. Coach;        James Cole
Asst. Coach;        Jonathan Ciosek
Trainer;                David Ingram
MANAGER          Steve Jewett

The Midget AA Staff will be;

Head Coach;          Rob Degagne Sr.
Asst. Coach;          John Kelly
Asst. Coach;         Adam Fabiano
Asst. Coach;         Mike Evanyk
Asst. Coach;        Rob Degagne Jr.
MANAGER;          Mike Fanti 




The Fort William Hurricanes Midget AA's played 500 hockey this past weekend as they went 1-1-1 in three exibition games, while the Bantam A's were surprised 6-1 by the Westfort Maroons.
The Canes earned a 2-2 with the Volunteer Pool Bearcats as Christian Adamo picked up a loose puck at centre ice and scored to tie the game with just four minutes left,also scoring for the Herks was Aaron Balcombe. Benjamin Baker would face 27 Bearcat shots. Game two saw the Current River Comets take a 2-0 lead in period one and hang on for a 2-1 victory.Hurricanes starter Curtis Vaillant was the factor in this game as he faced 28 shots and made many a big save. Erik Charlie's power play goal was the only shot beating Cats stater Matthew Boyer. The Kings would score with 0:26 left in the opening period as Jacob brown would bang in a loose puck past Herks netminder Benjamin Baker, but the Herks would score a goal in the second and third periods earning them a 2-1 win over the AAA Bantam Kings. Alex Goetliicher would tie the contest at 1-1 early in period two, the Canes would take the lead 2-1 as Alexio Marinaro would score on the power play at the 10:43 of the final frame, once again goaltending was the story fot the Herks as Baker would have a solid game preserving the victory.
Aaron Balcombe led the Hurricanes on the weekend with a goal and two assists, while Brandon Figliomeni would hip in with three assists.
The Midget AA's look like they can skate with speed and defensively they are sound as the back end is big and the forwards can backcheck, goaltending was solid, but they will need a little more offense as they only averaged two goals per game.
The Bantams were in a little awe of the size of their competition as the Westfort
Maroons were big on all fronts starting with the forwards to the goaltenders and it took the Herks two periods to get their skating game together.
The Maroons would score six unanswered goals in the first two periods with the majority of the goals being screened and starting Canes netminder Brayden Martyn was unable to see most of the 18 shots fired his way due to the size of the opposition. Period three saw the Herks skating game come to the forefront and carried the play for most of the period and Darren Schelhaas would find the back of the Maroon net amking the final 6-1, Bradley Deswiage would shut the door in goal for the Canes as he would face 15 Maroon shots.
The Bantams will open the regular season this Sunday October 6th as they will face off againsnt the Thunder Bay Elks.



The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club will have two teams participate in the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey post season. The Midget B's clinched well into the middle of the season and have one more game left in the regular season, if they win they will clinch first place, if they lose or tie they will need help, as the Southend Junior Stars need a win and a loss by the Hurricanes to claim top spot.
 The two year playoff drought for the Midget AA's is over as they would seal the deal by defeating their arch rivals Fort William Canadiens 5-2 giving them the fourth and final playoff spot, they have two games left.
 All was not the case for the Bantam A's as they would just miss a post season birth by three points ending their season. Although they would go out on a bit of a high, as they would go three and two in the NorWest Stars Bantam Tournament, losing in the semi-final 4-3 to the NorWest Stars.
 The playoffs will begin after the March break for the Midget B's and Midget AA's. The Midget B's will get under way Sunday March 16,2014; either at 7:00 pm or 8:30 pm.  Delaney Arena.  It will be a best of three Semi-Final.Opponet will be determined at a later date. Game two will be Wednesday March 19, 2014; again either 6:30 or 8:00 pm starts.
 Meanwhile the Midget AA's will start their best of three series on Tuesday March 18, 2014; 7:30 pm at Delaney Arena versus the first place Current River Comets. Game two will be played on Saturday March 22, 2014, 8:30 pm, Fort William First Nation #1.
The Fort William Hurricanes Annual Awards Banquet will be held at Columbus Centre on Friday April 11, 2014, 6:30 pm. All players are free of charge and all other tickets are set at $25.00 per ticket, hope to see everyone there.



The second season has arrived and the Fort William Huricanes will have two clubs playing in the post season, as the Midget B's ended up in second place as they would drop their last game of the season knocking them out of the top spot in the Midget B standings with a 20-5-3 record. They will now start the semi finals on Sunday March 16, 2014 starting time 8:30 pm Delaney Arena and will take on the 3rd place Westend Bruins (13-12-3). Game two is set for Wednesday March 19, 2014, 6:30 pm, Current River Arena.
 The other Midget B semi final will see the first place Southend Junior Stars (20-3-5) take on the fourth place Fort William Canadiens (4-20-4). Game one will start at 7:00 pm Delaney,on Sunday March 16th, with game two set for Wednesday March 19, Current River Arena.
  The Midget AA's will return to playoff hockey for the first time in two seasons as they would finish off the regular season on a tear as they would win their last five games of the year and end with a decent regular season as they were injury riddled throughtout the year and ended with a 10-16-2 record.
 Returning to the playoffs won't be an easy task however as they will start the Midget AA semi final againsnt the first place Current River Comets (21-6-1) on Tuesday March 18 starting time is 7:30 pm, Delaney Arena, game two is set for Saturday March 22nd, 8:30 pm, Fort William First Nations #1 Arena.
 The other Midget AA semi final starts on Tuesday March 18, 8:00 pm, Fort William First Nations Arena, with game two ready to go on Saturday March 22nd, starting at 7:00 pm, as the second place Volunteer Pool Bearcats (13-12-3) will battle the third place Westend Bruins (12-14-2).
 All the above semi final playoff games are a best of three series, good luck to both teams. 


The Fort William Hurricanes Annual Awards Banquet was held on Friday April 11th, 2014, at the Columbus Centre. The evening was well attended a great meal ws had by all.
The Esso Medals led the night off as; The Bantam A's handed out their winners; Most Sportsmanlike Player went to Carter Adams; Most Improved Player was Cory Pharand, while Dylan Ibey claimed the Most Dedicated honour.
Next were the Hurricanes Awards; Rookie of the Year was Tateum Cava, with Toryn Sissons getting the Hard Hurricane Hockey (HHH) Award. Jimmy Owen was the Hurricanes Bantam A Presidents Award winner.
The Midget B's handed out their Esso Medals names not available, will be posted later on sorry.
 The Hurricanes Awards were presented to the following players; Rookie of the Year; Carter Toneguzzi, Tyson Rybak recieved the HHH Award, while team Captain Rannon Ahlstrom was the Midget B President Award winner.
The Midget AA's presented their Esso Medals with Alex Goetllicher getting the Most Sportsmanlike Player, and Brad Thompson taking the Most Improved Player Medal and Brendon Martin taking the Most Dedicated Award.
 Rookie of the year for the Midget AA Herks was Ryan Mignault, and Cosimo Pasqualino would take the HHH Award with Marc DeGagne being given the Presidents Award.
The regular season ended with two of our three clubs making the city playoffs as the Midget B's and Midget AA's qualified for post season play, while the Bantam A's missed the playoffs by just three points.
The Midget B's had a very sucessful run during the reular season missing top spot by one point, but they would put it all together in the playoffs just losing on game and go on to defeat the Westend Bruins and the Fort Canadians to claim the Thunder Bay Minor Midget B Hockey Championship.
The Midget AA's had a tough season injury wise and did not play one game, regular or playoff season with a full roster. But with all the serious injuries the AA's managed to claim the last playoff spot, after a two year absence and would bow out two straight to the eventual playoff and regular season Current River Comets.
The Midget B's were awarded thier playoff championship plaques from Thunder Bay Minor Hockey.
Carter Adams was voted the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Bantam A Most Sportsmanlike Player Award. The Midget AA's would capture two major Thunder Bay Minor Awards. As Ryan Mignault was voted Rookie of the Year and second year forward Marc DeGagne would take Defensive Forward.
 The Last Award of the evening was the Brian Dell Memorial. This award is dedicated to a former Fort William Hurricanes player who had played two years in the Midget AA program and season with the Herks Juvenile team. Brian Dell was a hard working defenseman who showed dedication to the program on and off the ice, a great all around person and fun to be with. Brian was on his way to Police College in Manitoba and sadly was taken away from us in a car accident, his family wanted Brian's name to continue to be part of the Hurricanes Organization and the Brian Dell Memorial Award was made to honour his name and his time spent with the Hurricanes, the one highlight that stands out was Brian being on the 1998 Mens Gold Medal winning team at the Ontario Winter Games in Peterbourgh, Ontario.
 This years winner has played for the Hurricanes for two seasons, he is a hard working, dedicated defenseman, who plays the game with passion and still added fun to his game, Erik Charlie is the 2014 winner of the Brian Dell Memorial Bursary.


Thunder Bay Minor Hockey will be holding registration for all Bantam and Midget aged hockey players. Registration will begin on Wednesday August 20th and 21st begining at 5:30 pm till 8:30 pm, with a second registration also starting at 5:30 pm till 8:30 pm, on Wednesday August 27th and Thursday August 28th. You can register at the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Office located at 212 E.Miles Street, across from the CBC Radio Broadcast building. The cost for registration for the 2014-2015 season will be $450.00, Visa, Master Card, Debit and of course cash will be accepted, please no personal cheques.


Thunder Bay Minor Hockey evaluation camps will begin on Wednesday September 10th, 2014, with the Bantam skake starting at 8:30 - 10:30 pm, Port Arthur Arena. The midget skate will be held on Thursday September 11th begining at 7:30 - 10:30 pm, Port Arthur Arena. Skates will resume on Saturday September 13, with the Bantams skating from 12:00 pm till 4:00 pm. with the Midget skate to follow starting at 4:00 pm ending at 7:00 pm. Again all skates to be held at the Port Arthur Arena. Sunday September 14th, skate times for the Bantams will start at 11:00 am till 2:00 pm, with the Midgets going on at 2:00 pm, till 5:00 pm. On Monday September 15th, the Bantam skate will start at 8:30 pm, till 10:30 pm, Port Arthur Arena, and the Midgets returning to the ice on Tuesday September 16th, starting at 7:30 pm, till 10:30 pm.

 The AA Draft (Bantam & Midget) will be held on Thursday September 18th, 2014 at the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Office, starting with the Bantams at 6:00 pm, followed by the Midgets at 8:00 pm.

The second series of evaluation skates will start on Saturday September 20th at 1:00 pm, Port Arthur Arena.




The 2014-2015 Fort William Hurricanes hockey season is underway, with all three of our clubs drafting their teams late last month.
 The Midget AA's were under the gun to start the new season. This year's team saw the return of nine players from last years squad. Marc DeGagne will be entering his third tour of duty with the Canes, while Bailey Brown, Brad Thompson, Alex Goettlicher, Cosimo Pasqualino, Braidon White, Ryan Mignault, Brendan Martin and goaltender Curtis Vaillant all will be in year two. New Hurricanes are Jesse Dumbrell, Brent Sadgrove, Jonathon Goddard, brothers Josh and Zach Francis, Cale Hamilton, rookie goalie Ryan Fanti, not new to the Herks but first time with the AA's, is long time Hurricane Lucas Sandberg who has worn the Cane's jersey for his sixth season. The Midget AA's had to say farewell to last years Captain Erik Charlie who completed his final year of Midget hockey.
 As we all know it's tough not being able to keep players on your roster from the previous season, but again tough decisions had to me made. Gone from the 2013-2014 season and moving on to other Midget AA teams will be, Christian Adamo (Current River) Romy Treesh (Bearcats) Brandon Figliomeni (Bearcats) Alexio Marinaro (Canadiens) Aaron Balcombe (Jr.A English River) and goaltender Ben Baker (Iowa AAA). The Fort William Hurricanes organization and the Midget AA's would like to thank all these players for being part of our organization and wish them all the best and to have success with their new hockey teams.
 The Midget B's will have a brand new team basically as only two players will be donning the Herk sweater this year. Returning for a second season will be forward Kyle Costa and D man Bruce Kovac. The rest of the team will consist of all new players with exception of two that played with the Bantam A Hurricanes last season, goaltender Brayden Martyn and forward Darren Schelhaas. Jonathan Kane, Jadrien Sainnawap, Collin Cameron, Branden Robb, Adam White, Dalton Giertuga, James Basalyga, Brett Rinne, Matthew Gordon (goaltender), Logan Takats, Zachary Zaporzan, Nathan Smallwood and Tyson Byers, will be the team to defend the Midget B Championship title. Congratulations, to the Herk graduates who moved on Midget A, goalie Carter Toneguzzi (Neebing), Nick Tempelman (Canadiens), Kyle Bonnie (Maroons) Chris Gomes (Westfort), hope they have great season. Also lost were Jarmo Kuokkanen and Jonathan Hauth to the Current River club. Players moving out of Midget hockey, are Rannon Ahlstrom, Lawrence Pollock, Max Desmoulins, Drew Doucet, Sayber Spade, Kenneth Ponka, and Brandon Villeneuve. Here's hoping that, with the right mix and hard work this years Midget B Club will be right there to compete and defend their Championship. Again all the best to the ex Herks players moving on, whether it be because of age, or playing for another team, the Hurricane Hockey Club appreciate your participation for last year.
 A new season, a new team. After an injury filled 2013-2014 the Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's will try to get back into the playoff picture. With only three returning players from last seasons team, hopefully with the new additions and a injury free year, this will happen.
 Returning goalie Bradley Deswiage, and two solid defensemen Carter Adams and Trevaughn Dale will be suiting up with 14 new players. Joining the Bantam Herks for the 2014-2015 season will be Cameron Waddington,(Bearcats) Brandon Kushnier, Carson  George, Nathan Prokopwich,(Westfort) Spencer Baxter, Brysen Bottoset,(Norwest),Kyler Basaraba,(Westfort), Jacob Bell,(Neebing), Lucas Dykstra Cooper Anderson,(Elks), Jordan Meservia,(Maroons) Goaltender,Cameron Monty,(Knights of Columbus),Nick Jacobson,(Westfort), and Nick Bruni (Knights of Columbus). Moving on to the AA program, were Tateum Cava,(Neebing), Ethan Haywood,(NorWest). Other players moving on Cory Pharand,(Maroons), Bradley Vidas,(Westfort), Dylan Ford,( Current River) and Dylan Ibey,(Beavers), Jimmy Owen,(Maroons), Toryn Sissons,(Neebing), Gregory Gagnon,(Westend), Seth Wilson,(Southend) and Darren Schelhaas,(Hurricanes) and goaltender Brayden Martyn,(Hurricanes) all will participate in the Midget program.
 We would like to welcome all returning players and to those who are new to the organization and hope we all have a successful and fun season. Best of luck to all players moving on to different teams and divisions, hope to see you all in the rinks.




The Fort William Hurricanes have seen their three clubs move on to the Semi-Finals of the Robins Minor Hockey Classic.
 The Midget AA's ( 4-0-0 ) will take on the Westend Bruins in their Semi-Final at Fort William First Nation #2 starting at 2:15, the other Semi-Final will see the Volunteer Pool Bearcats play against the Fort William Canadiens, at Port Arthur Arena game time is 2:30. The Midget AA final will start at 7:00 pm Delaney Arena.

The Midget B's ( 2-1-1 ) semi-final will begin at 2:15, Fort William First Nation #2, their test will be the Southend Junior Stars. Current River Comets and the Westend Bruins will face off in the other semi-final, starting at 12:30 Delaney, with the Midget B final taking place at Delaney Arena 5:00 pm.

The Bantam A's ( 3-0-1 ) will go at 1:00 pm, Port Arthur Arena versus the Current River Comets, the second semi-final match up has the Superior AllStars facing off against the Westfort Maroons, 1:30 pm Fort William First Nation #1. The Bantam A final will start at 5:00 pm Current River Arena.

                                         GOOD LUCK TO OUR TEAMS 


The Fort William Hurricane's Hockey Club placed three teams in the Semi-Finals at the Robins Minor Hockey Classic with only the Midget AA's moving on to the Championship Final.They would advance by defeating the Westend Bruins 5-2, the Midget B's would not be able to score versus the Southend Junior Stars and would lose 2-0, the Bantam's would be in tough and drop a 6-2 decision to the Current River Comets.
 The Midget AA's would win the Midget AA Championship by edging the Volunteer Pool Bearcats 2-1 in one of the most entertaining games of the season.
  In the Bantam A semi final, the Current River Comets would score the first goal and the last goal and go on to defeat the Fort William Hurricanes 6-2, thus ending a six game winning streak ( 4-0-2 ) for the Herks.
  It would take three minutes into the game for the Comets score as Colby Barkers shot would deflect off a Canes defence man and in by a surprised Cameron Monty in goal, but a half minute later a red hot Nick Bruni would tie the game at 1-1. That would be short lived as Current River would retake the lead 3-1.The Comets would out shoot the Canes 11-6.
 Period two would see Current River score twice as Mason Paxton would net a pair, with one coming on the power play, increasing the lead to 4-1 after two. Once again the Comets would have a 10-3 shot advantage.
 In the final period the Herks would come alive for a bit finally testing the Comet goaltender Evan MacArthur with eight shots with one getting behind him late as Cameron Waddington would blast one and find the back of the with just 30 seconds left. But Current River would score early in the frame and would net another with just nine seconds remaining and the final would be 6-2 for the Comets. Monty would suffer his first loss of the tournament playing in all five contests.
 The Southend Junior Stars would wait till there was three minutes left in the game as they would score to make it 1-0, and then make it 2-0 with an empty net marker, as they would edge the Herks 2-0 and would advance to the Midget B final.
 Matthew Gordon was in goal for the Hurricanes and would face 36 Stars shots with only one sneaking in behind him, although he suffered the loss he was often spectacular between the pipes keeping his team in the game. The Southend tender was equally as good as he would thwart the Canes snipers on every occasion.
 In one of the most exciting games of the regular season and tournament play was the Midget AA Championship Final between the Hurricanes and the Bearcats, in which the Herks would squeeze out a very hard fought 2-1 win.
 After a scoreless fast skating, hard hitting opening frame, with goaltenders stealing the show, Ryan Fanti in the Canes cage and Devon Russell tending goal for the Bearcats, period one would come to a much needed break.
 Period two was almost identical to the the first, great offensive, defensive and flawless goaltending action, both teams poured everything they had into this hotly contested affair and it would look like no one wanted to break, but with just over five minutes left in the period the Bearcats would find net and take a 1-0 lead going into the break.
 With the Herks being behind and not being able to solve Russell, it would take a power play goal at the 12:13 mark in the final frame to tie the game at 1-1, with Alex Goettlicher scoring. Now it was Fanti's turn to be the spoiler keeping the Volunteer Pool Bearcats off the score sheet. Action would go back and fourth, with goaltending being the story and it looked like the game would go into overtime. But the Bearcats would take a penalty with 1:26 left in the period and Russell would do his best to keep the game tied and send it into over time. Marc DeGagne would take a shot Russell the save but Brendan Martin would fire the rebound in with only three seconds left lifting the Canes to the 2-1 win.
 The Herks would go through the tournament with a six game  winning streak, they are the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Midget AA leaders in their division
  A huge congratulations to all three of our teams for a great showing in the Robins tournament, with a special thumbs up to the Midget AA's. Now its back to regular season play and securing the playoff positions.


Thunder Bay Minor Hockey held it's annual All-Star games this passed Saturday at the Fort William Gardens all six divisions participated in the event, from Bantam B to Midget AA. Games would start at 11:00 am with the Bantam B's kicking off the games, the final game would see the Midget AA's take the stage at 7:00 pm.
 The Fort William Hurricanes had a great representation of players taking part. The Bantam A's would see, goalie Bradley Deswiage #1, defencemen, Trevaughn Dale #10, Carter Adams #17, with forwards Spencer Baxter #4, Brysen Bottoset #14, and Kyler Basaraba #18 being chosen to participate.
 The Midget B's would have goaltender Matthew Gordon #1, on defence Dalton Giertuga #4, Zachary Zaporzan #14, Bruce Kovac #22. Forwards chosen were Nathan Smallwood #8, Jadrien Sainnawap #12, Branden Robb #18, James Basalyga #19 and Kyle Costa #21.
 In the Midget AA division, the Herks placed goaltender Curtis Vaillant #31, on defence Brad Thompson #3, Cosimo Pasqualino #12, Braiden White #14, with forwards Alex Goettlicher #8, Josh Francis #16, Ryan Mignault #18, Marc DeGagne #19, Brendan Martin #22, also Brent Sadgrove.
 A great time was had by all who participated, but it will be short lived as the regular season resumes on Sunday with all three Hurricane's clubs battling for playoff positions with the season winding down.


The Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Season is in it's last week and half, with most of the Divisional Playoff spots settled. The Fort William Hurricanes will have all three teams participate in this years second season, match ups are yet to determined. The Midget AA's have clinched first place with three games remaining and will begin their playoff quest after the March Break as they will play game one on Monday March 23rd. The Bantam A's will have to wait till March 23rd to play game one of their first round, they still have three regular season contests to play. The only series to start before March Break will be the Midget B's who still have two regular season games on their schedule, but will play game one of their playoffs on Saturday March 7th. 
 All Herk playoff rounds will be a best three of five series. 


The Elks 82 Hockey Club will be the host for Hockey NorthWestern Ontario (HNO) AA Branch Championships (Tournament of Champions) there will be two divisions vying for a District Championship, as the PeeWee AA's and the Midget AA's will be competing respectively or their division crowns.
 The PeeWees will have six local clubs, the Elks 82's, Volunteer Pool Bearcats, Neebing Hawks, KC Sabres, NorWest Stars, Westfort Rangers, with four other district teams coming from the west will be Kenora Thistles, Dryden Paperkings and Fort Frances and from the east will be the Northern Selects. In the Midget AA division the five local teams, Fort William Hurricanes, Fort William Canadiens, Westend Bruins, Current River Comets and the Volunteer Pool Bearcats and the west rep the Fort Frances Midget AA's will battle for the Midget AA title. Action begins on Friday March 6th 8:30 & 10:00 am at two venues with the PeeWees playing at the Fort William Gardens and Delaney.  The Midgets will begin action at Delaney and the Gardens at 11:30 am.
 The Fort William Hurricanes will start play Friday morning 11:30 as they take on the Volunteer Pool Bearcats at Delaney Arena, game two will be Friday evening 7:00 pm, when they will take on the Fort Frances Canadiens at the Fort William Gardens, their final round robin game will be played Saturday morning 10:00 am playing the Current River Comets.
 The tournament will continue on Saturday with the Championships going on Sunday.


The Greater Toronto Hockey League has voted to eliminate body-checking for all players under 18 in the less-competitive single ''A level."

The 326-195 vote took place Saturday afternoon at Toronto's HumberCollege and followed an effort by one mother to ban body-checking after her son suffered a concussion. 

"There was lots of good statistics presented about the injury rates and penalties and the number of games players are missing because of suspendable penalties that are connected to body-checking," GTHL executive director Scott Oakman said. 

The new rule will be phased in over four years, starting next season with the 12- and 13-year-olds in minor Bantam A. The ban will eventually extend to Bantam and Midget A, including players up to age 17. 

The GTHL is the largest minor hockey league in the world.

Proponents of the ban said they don't like body-checking for players who likely won't make it to the big leagues. 

"We certainly encourage the [Ontario Hockey Federation] and Hockey Canada to follow suit and take this issue to the next level," said Frank Carbone, president of the Duffield Devils. 

Others say getting a little rough is a big part of the game. 

"My concern is when kids — if they go from A-hockey to AA-hockey — the kids are bigger and there's a safety concern," said Rick Crumpton, general manager of the Toronto City Blues. "The kids are bigger and there's a concern about being exposed to body-checking for the first time at age 14 or 15." 

Body-checking was banned at the peewee level, where players are under 13, in 2013 by Hockey Canada following similar moves by Hockey Alberta and Hockey Nova Scotia. 


Overtime Sunday was not good for the Fort William Hurricanes, two teams played and two teams lost, one in double overtime, the other in the first overtime, with the winning goal being scored on a penalty shot.
 The Bantam A's were first up as they would play game #1 of a best three out of five semi-final series versus the Current River Comets and would lose a tight one 1-0 in double overtime in a defensive struggle.
 The Midget B's was a different game where 11 goals were scored with the game winner coming on a penalty shot with 0:19 seconds remaining in the first overtime with the Westend Bruins coming out on top and now take a 2-1 series lead.
 The Bantam A contest started very slow as both teams looked like they were still on March break so there was plenty of missed passes,chances and it took a bit before their skating legs returned. The Comets managed seven first period shots at Cane's starting net minder Bradley Deswiage, while Jack Bryson had  to face one shot in the Comets net.The Period would end 0-0.
 Action picked up in the middle frame but it would remain scoreless as the goaltenders would not let anything get by them. As the game went on the skaters got a lot better and there was more of steady flow, but still they could not buy a goal on either team. The Herks managed to outshoot Current River by a 9-6 count.
  It looked like no one was going to score as the final period came about as caution was the name of the game. Both teams still looked like they were still feeling each other out, hoping not to make the mistake that would turn this game around. It was Deswiage that would steal the show as he would save the day for the Hurricanes making three to four big saves keeping his team within striking distance, but regulation time would end still tied at 0-0.With no scoring in the first overtime they went to a second overtime where the Comets would pick up a loose puck in the Herks end, fire one shot that Deswiage would stop but the rebound lay in the crease and Tyler Main would lift the puck up over Deswiage giving the Comets a 1-0 win over the Canes.
 With the win Current River takes a 1-0 lead in a best three of five semi final, with the winner moving onto to face the winner of the other semi-final between the league champions Westfort Maroons/Westfort Rangers, in which the Maroons lead 1-0 after edging the Rangers 3-2 in their opening game. Next game for the Hurricanes will be on Tuesday March 24, 6:30 pm, Fort William First Nations #1.
 The Midget B contest was a completely different game as eleven goals were scored with the Westend Bruins coming out on top by defeating the Hurricanes 6-5 in overtime. The Bruins were led by Matthew Catanzaro who scored three goals, with the winner being scored on a penalty shot in overtime, he also would have two assists for a five point game.
 Hunter Beda would get the Bruins on the score sheet three minutes into the opening frame as his shot would elude Herk starting goaltender Brayden Martyn for a 1-0 lead after one.
 Beda would score his second of the game, this time two minutes in at the 13:03 mark, the Canes would reply at 10:20 making the score 2-1 as  Zachary Zaporzan's point shot would beat Bruins goalie Keeshtin Fiddler, but then Westend would take control of the period scoring twice in a minute and five seconds as Catanzaro would get his first two goals making it 4-1, James Basalyga would bring the Herks to 4-2 before the period would end.
 Westend would score their fifth goal with 4:52 left in period three and it looked  like the Canes were done, but with four minutes left they caught fire, with Logan Takats closing the gap at 5-3, 1:37 seconds later Darren Schelhaas would make it 5-4, the comeback would be complete with 60 seconds left on the clock when Adam White would beat Fiddler on the power play tying the game at 5-5 after regulation.
 The Hurricanes had a chance to win the game in overtime as they started the extra frame on the power play but couldn't find the back of the net. The Canes would give up a short handed breakaway late in the overtime, Catanzaro would speed away but would be hauled down by a Cane's defender and he would be awarded a penalty shot with just 0:19 left in the first overtime. He then would net the game winner completing the win for the Bruins at 6-5. Westend now takes a strangle hold on the series leading two games to one, with the next game going Wednesday.


The Fort William Hurricanes held their annual awards banquet on Friday, celebrating a very successful Thunder Bay Minor 2014-2015 hockey season, with all three clubs making the post season. The Bantam A's finished second in their division with a solid 17-8-3 record, bowing out in the semi-finals to the Current River Comets in four hard fought games. The Midget B's were a third place finisher with a 15-9-4 season, and losing out to the Westend Bruins in four games, with each contest being an outright war. The Midget AA's would finish the regular season as league champs with a 22-5-1 record. Going onto a six game sweep in the playoffs claiming the Championship Trophy. It took them three games to eliminate the Westend Bruins and another three games to win the title versus the Current River Comets.
The ESSO AWARDS were the first to handed out;

Bantam; Most Improved Player; Cameron Waddington
              Most Sportsmanlike;     Carter Adams
              Most Dedicated;           Carson George

Midget B;  Most Improved Player; Tyson Byers
                 Most Sportsmanlike;     
                 Most Dedicated;           James Basalyga

Midget AA;Most Improved Player; Bailey Brown
                 Most Sportsmanlike;    Alex Goettlicher 
                 Most Dedicated;           Lucas Sandberg

BANTAM A'S;                 Brysen Bottoset
MIDGET B'S;                  James Basalyga
MIDGET AA's                 Joshua Francis

BANTAM A'S;                 Spencer Baxter
MIDGET B'S;                  Kyle Costa
MIDGET AA's                 Cosimo Pasqualino

BANTAM A'S;                 Trae Dale
MIDGET B'S;                  Brandon Robb
MIDGET AA's                 Marc DeGagne


TOP GOALTENDER;                  Curtis Vaillant
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER;      Ryan Mignault



Marc DeGagne


As the 2015-2016 hockey season approaches you will see a major change for Thunder Bay Minor Hockey as the Bantam B Division, will change to a "NO BODY CHECKING" Division as recommended Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO) and soon to be implemented by Hockey Canada, with the Midget B Division to be in place for the 2016-2017 season. This change will be just the Bantam B division, it will remain the same for the Bantam A and Bantam AA and Bantam AAA Divisions with Body Checking allowed.
TBMHA has decided to change it's B Division to a No Body Checking format to allow Bantam players the option of playing in a division that would give them a chance of playing the game of hockey in a no body checking style.
 A Bantam player will have two options when he/she register for the 2015/2016.

1) Bantam Division Body Checking.
2) Bantam B Division with No Body Checking.
Once a player chooses the stream of choice he/she will no longer be eligible for any other stream. e.g. (if a player chooses the No Body Checking Division he will not be able to play or participate in the Body Checking division) this will also pertain to the other divisions once chosen.

This division was also created for the player that still wants to play the game but does not want to commit to a Bantam Division (A,AA,AAA) where time and  cost are a little more than wanted.
 The cost for this division will be at a lower rate that will be capped, fewer games, one practice per week, no out of town travel and maybe one tournament in town.
 Pre-Registration letters will be going out in the mail to all bantam aged players explaining the new "NO BODY CHECKING DIVISION". 



Thunder Bay Minor Hockey will be holding evaluation and goaltender skates for all Bantam and Midget aged players starting with the Opitional Body Checking Clinic being held on two nights Tuesday & Wednesday, September 8/9 and beginning on Thursday September 10 and Friday the 11th there will be a mandatory Goalie evaluation for all goaltenders, (Bantam Thursday, Midget Friday) all theses activities will be held at the Fort William First Nations Arena.

 TBMHA evaluation skates will commence on Saturday September 12, 2015, with the Bantam skates starting at 12:30 pm Port Arthur Arena and the Midgets will skate at 4:00 pm.
 The evaluation skates will be held for the next three weeks.



The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club are pleased to announce their coaching staffs for the upcoming 2015-2016 season.
 Returning for the Bantam A's will be Adam Joyce head coach, Ryan Cavezza, Randy Joyce, Justin Joyce, assistant coaches, with Nick Cavezza as team manager.
 The Midget AA's have lost their complete staff. So in saying so the team was awarded to Rick Baraniuk as head coach, with Jordan Baraniuk, Mark Black, as assistant coaches. Scott Mol will be the club's manager.


The start of TBMHA's 2015-2016 regular season will begin on Wednesday October 7, 2015, the Bantam AA's will open their season with one game as the Southend Rangers will face off with the Northend Flames at 7:30 pm, Fort William First nations #1. The Midget AA's will also play on Wednesday evening with all five clubs taking to the ice, with two games being played at Delaney Arena and one at the Fort William First Nations Arena.
 Current River Comets will take on the Volunteer Pool Bearcats in game one of a Midget AA double starting at 7:30, that will be followed by one of the oldest rivalries as the Fort William Canadiens and the Fort William Hurricanes are set for a 9:00 pm start, both contests will be played at Delaney. The final AA game will feature the Westend Bruins taking on the Bantam AAA Kings, game time is 9:00 pm, at the Fort William first Nations.

The Bantam A Hurricanes will start their season on Thursday October 15, 2015 , 8:30 pm, taking on the Thunder Bay Beavers at the Current River Arena.


This past weekend Thunder Bay was the host city for Rogers Hometown Hockey, a great weekend of this city's hockey history, over a 150 players from this area have made it to the NHL, the city holds the record of the most Allan Cups (10) it was a fun weekend for all who attended. Some of the celebrities who attended included, past Thunder Bay Twins & Bombers, Greg Johnson, Wendel Clark, Coleman Hell and of course Ron McLean to name a few.
 The Fort William Hurricanes were well represented at the event as our Bantam A team was on the cleanup crew and did a very good job. The Midget AA's were also present as one them was selected to appear on the live broadcast of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Ottawa Senators to pick the three stars of the game. Zachary Francis a defenseman with the Midgets appeared at the end of the game to assist with a member of the Queens Midget AA program in picking the stars of the NHL game. Zach did and excellent job, not only representing the Hurricanes with pride but also his city of Thunder Bay, well done Zach the Hurricanes thank you. And we cannot forget our past President of the Herks and President of Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Larry Busniuk for being part of this special event, a huge thanks from the Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club to all involved.

(trying to obtain some of the pictures and video from the event) 


The Fort William Hurricanes two clubs are fighting for a playoff spot in Thunder Bay Minor Hockey, the Bantams have three games remaining and see them selves sitting tied for the final playoff spot with three games remaining, however two teams they are chasing have games in hand with the exception of the Westfort Rangers who are tied in games played. The loss (5-1) they suffered at the hands of the first place Volunteer Pool Bearcats has hurt there chances that's why the last three games will make or break the inconsistent Bantam A squad, but they do have the ability to grab that final spot, and if they do they can make noise in the playoffs. So there three remaining games are all against teams ahead of them in the standings, Westfort Rangers, Elks 82's and the Westfort Maroons.
 As for the Midget AA's the race for the final playoff spot will be entirely in their own hands, as they see themselves four points out with five games left, so it is a  strong possibility with a solid effort down the stretch they can achieve the last playoff seeding. There're last four games were tough losses and could come into play in a head to head matchup for the last spot. The biggest and disappointing loss came at the hands of the Westend Bruins, with the game tied at 1-1, the Bruins would squeeze out the win with just nine seconds left in the game. That would be followed by a 4-2 loss to the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, a lopsided loss to the Minor AAA Midgets 9-1, and then a solid effort also a loss but played well in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the AAA Bantam Kings. The AA's have two more games with the front running Current River Comets, while having single contests with each of the three remaining teams. (Volunteer Pool Bearcats, Westend Bruins and the Fort William Canadiens). It can be done with hard work.



The Fort William Hurricanes will be holding their Annual Awards Banquet this coming Friday (tomorrow evening) April 15th, at the Columbus Centre May Street. Symposium 6:00 with dinner starting at 6:30 pm.

The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club will be accepting coaching applications for the following clubs. Application deadline will be Monday April 25, 2016.
All staffs must be minimum Coaches Stream qualified, with the exception of the  Midget AA Head Coach who must be D1 Certified. All clubs to have a Level One Certified Trainer, all personal must have completed "Respect In Sport" and have an up to date "Police Background Check".

Midget AA
Midget A
Bantam A

Applications can be sent to the following email addresses.

The Fort William Hurricanes will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday April 20th, 2016. DaVinci Centre, 7:00 pm. All interested in helping or becoming a board member are welcome to attend.


The Fort William Hurricanes Awards Banquet was held on Friday April 15th, 2016.
 With just two teams competing in the 2015-2016 Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Season, success is not always measured by wins and losses but on development and progression and if the all the players enjoyed the program.
 The Bantam A's were prime example, finishing ninth (9-13-6) in a very tough and large division and missing the playoffs by a couple of points. The team did make great strides.

 The Midget AA's would make the post season finishing fourth overall (8-17-3), it was a very young team that had learned a lot throughout the year. They did lose three straight playoff games to the very talented Current River Comets but competed in every game.

The evening started with the Esso Awards presented to the Bantam A's.

Most Sportsmanlike Player;                    #19 Halen Kovacs
Most Improved Player;                           #21 Lucas McGill
Most Dedicated Player;                          # 8 Jordan Meservia

The Fort William Hurricanes Awards;

Rookie of the Year;                               #15 Blake Hogan
Hard Hurricanes Award;                       #  4 Troy Thurier
Presidents Award;                                #31 Cameron Monty

The Midget AA's; Esso Awards

Most Sportsmanlike Player;                    # 5 Mike Pelaia
Most Improved Player;                           # 4 Seth Wilson
Most Dedicated Player;                          #18 Matthew Caruso 

The Fort William Hurricanes Awards;

Rookie of the Year;                               #17 Kyle Savela
Hard Hurricanes Award;                       #19 Jake Bacca
Presidents Award;                                #16 Zach Francis

Thunder Bay Minor Awards;

Bantam A Best Defenceman;               #15 Blake Hogan
Midget AA Most Sportsmanlike;          # 5 Mike Pelaia

The Brian Dell Memorial Bursary Award;'

Matthew Kaplanis.

It's very difficult to judge and award individual accomplishments in a team game but even though everyone cannot win, the accomplishments honoured by the individual could not have happened without a team effort.
 So at this time we would like congratulate both our teams for a successful season. All the best to the graduating players hoping for the best for next year, to the returning players hopefully you'll be wearing a Herks jersey in the future. A big thanks to the coaching staffs for donating their time, it's a huge effort. To all the parents who are the most dedicated of all the sport parents. And of course to every player in our program, you make our organization.


The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club will operate two Midget Clubs for the 2016-2017 Thunder Bay Minor Hockey season, they will ice a Midget A and a Midget AA team(s) for the upcoming year. It will be a 28 game schedule plus playoffs, with season opening on October 11, 2016.

The 2016-2017 Midget A Staff

Head Coach         Adam Joyce
Coach                 Ryan Cavezza
Coach                 Randy Joyce
Coach                 Justin Joyce
Coach                 Ryan Fieldhouse
Manager             Nick Cavezza

The 2016-2017 Midget AA Staff

Head Coach                Mark Antenucci
Coach                         John Falvo
Coach                         Rick Saarinen
Coach                         Landan Carroll
Coach                         Jordan Whitehead                

Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Bantam and Midget A Drafts

Thunder Bay Minor Hockey will begin their Bantam and Midget A player drafts starting on Tuesday September 20, 2016 at the Oliver Road Community Centre


Bantam A Draft       September 20, 2016    Oliver Road CC      6:00 pm

Midget A Draft        September 20, 2016    Oliver Road CC      8:00 pm



The 2016-2017 Midget AA Fort William Hurricanes was selected on Saturday September 17th. It looks like a team mixture of some seasoned veterans,along with a fair number of second year midgets and four rookie players.
 There will be three returning Hurricanes, up front will be second year speedy forward Cooper Pytyck, with third year vet Zack Francis patrolling the blue line and tending goal will see Tanner Klein return to the Canes net.
 New players wearing the Herk colours will be forwards Alex Zimak, Tanner Saarinen, Richard Crupi, Jonathan Friesen, Kamden Kennedy, Kyle Swerhun, Chase House, on the back end it will be Bryson Ducharme, Finn Rasmussen, Chanson Rollason, Jakob Smeltzer, Anthony Tassone and Eric Wiersema with rookie net minder Tyler Blazino rounding out the balance of the club.
 The Midget A's selected their club on Tuesday evening, it was a very long process, due to the fact that TBMHA had to make a tough choice, with blending the Midget A and Midget B divisions for this season, but after it was said and done it seems all the organizations were relatively satisfied.
 The Midget A's would see a few players returning to the Herks,Goaltender Bradley Deswiage makes his return after tending goal for the Midget A Fort William Canadiens last season, he played two years as a Bantam Hurricane. Also wearing the burgundy jersey for a third season is rugged  forward Jordan Meservia,the speedy forward Brysen Bottoset comes back after playing Bantam AA Neebing Hawks a year ago, the ever ready rabbit Troy Thurier returns with his non stop work ethic after playing Bantam A with the Canes, Mervin Sofea rounds out the returning Herk players. The goaltending was solidified as Jayden Delaqua was selected after two years of Bantam A with the Westfort Maroons, defenseman Travis Lewis returned to the game after taking a couple of years off, the balance of the team has a lot of a great mixture of speed, defence and grit. Justin Caruso, Paul Chapman, Callum Couch, Lewis Chapman, Tyley Quisses, Evan Nieckarz, Duane Sugarhead, Hunter Kuurila and Garret Sheparski.
 The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club would like to welcome the returning and new players on becoming part of  the organization for the up coming season and hope you have a fun and successful year.


The Fort William Hurricanes arrived in the city of Sault Marie for the Steel City International on Thursday Nov.10. and would play four games on Friday, the Midget AA's were undefeated with a record of 1-0-1, winning 4-0 and  3-3 tie, the Midget A team was not so lucky as they were on the short end of a 4-0 loss, and would give up a one goal lead and drop game two by a 5-3 count.
 The Midget A's would face off in game one against the Wawa Legionnaires and would lose 4-0, after a very close first period, things would start to fall apart in the second frame as Wawa scored two and a half minutes in with Sebastien Doucet beating Herks starter Bradley Deswiage taking a 1-0 lead, that would be followed by a goal by Dimitri Levesque three minutes later. The Canes would see them out shot by a 23-13 margin. Period three saw Wawa score twice more with Patrick Godbout making it 3-0 and then on the power play the Legionnaires would take a 4-0 lead. Godbout and Doucet would lead Wawa with a goal and two assists. Deswiage would have to face 44 Wawa shots and play well despite giving up a four spot.
 In game two versus Terrace Bay the Hurricanes would give up the winning goal to Terrace Bay with just 0:44 seconds remaining in the game, the Stars would complete the 5-3 win with an empty net goal, with eleven seconds.
 The Herks would fall behind 1-0 early in the first period as Vinni Speziaale would score his first of three at 12:02, the Canes would strike back a minute later as Tyler Quisess would score his first of two in the game. Speziaale would score goal number two giving the Stars a 2-1 lead, but  Quisess's second would tie the game at 2-2 and three minutes later Paul Chapman's back hander would give the Canes a 3-2 lead after two. Terrace Bay would tie the game on the power play with Calum Blackwood scoring, it looked like the game was going to end in a tie until Speziaale would steel the puck at the Stars blue line and take off with a clearcut breakaway and would slide one by Jayden Delaqua for the game winner with just forty four seconds left to play, it was his hat trick goal Blackwood would add an empty net goal for his second of the game.
 Once again the Hurricanes would leave their goaltender left with a tough loss as Delaqua had done his job facing 36 shots, they have to find that extra gear to get them over the top and have that complete game. Next up will be two tough games with Midget A's taking on Kapuskasing and Schumacher.
 The Midget AA's started the tournament off with a convincing win over Mrs.B's Bruins taking the game by a score of 4-0. Kyle Swerhun would lead the Canes with a pair of goals, with Tanner Klein grabbing the shutout. Serhun would score at the 11:56 mark of the opening frame giving the Herks a 1-0 lead, and with just six seconds left in the first Chase House would mak sit 2-0 Canes. Swerhun would net his second goal of the game thirty seconds into period two and the lead was now 3-0, Jakob Smeltzer would increase the Hurricane lead to 4-0 after two. There would be no scoring in period three and the Hurricanes had win. Klein would face 14 shots for the shutout.
 Game two against Sudbury was a tough hard fought contest and the Hurricanes would have to tie the game late in period three to earn the point. Swerhun would get things started for the Herks at the 13:39 mark of period one as his third of the tournament was a rocket he would place top corner, Finn Rasmussen would score three minutes later giving the Herks a 2-0 lead, Tyler Blazino would not let one by him on the eleven shots he faced in the Canes net.
 After the break the Wolves found some life and came out and took the game to the Hurricanes Keegan Gillis-McAnulty cutting the lead in half at 2-1 with a power play goal at 14:40. Carter Mitroff would tie the game at 2-2 at the 10:45 mark of period two and that's how the score would read with two in the books. The third period would see the Wolves take the lead at 9:12 with Parker Case'e seeing eye point shot would beat a screened Blazino, but the shorthanded Canes would not give up as Zack Francis would rifle a shot passed the Sudbury goalie and tie the game at 3-3 with 1:14 left to play.
 The early game for the Midget AA's will be against the Root River Rangers, with the final round robin game they will take on Green for Life.


Day two of the Steel City International Tournament (Sault Ste.Marie) would see one Fort William Hurricanes team advance and the other being eliminated. The Midget A's would be eliminated from the tournament by dropping their final two games, a 4-0 loss to Kapuskasing Ice Hawks, and the final round robin game was aright 1-0 defeat to the Schumacher Cubs.
 The Midget AA's would have two very close games on day two of the tournament by winning 1-0 over a tough Root River Ranger team, it would be Zack Francis potting the winner, with Tanner Klein posting his second shut out of the tournament, game four the Herks would face another tough team from Sault Ste.Marie the Green for Life, Zack Francis would score his third straight goal for the Canes late in period two, but the Green for Life club would bounce right back and tie the game at 1-1 with Spooner Dupuis finding the back of the net. Herks goalie Tyler Blazino would then shut the door for the remainder of the game and with 8:17 left in the game Chase House would bang in a rebound and give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead, the defense would then take over and shut down the offence of the Soo team to preserve the Herk win, their round robin record would move to 3-0-1 good for first place and a berth in the Semi-final game Sunday morning, against the Root River Rangers, the other semi-final will see the Current River Comets vs Green for Life.


Once again Zack Francis scored his second game winner of the Steel City International Tournament as he would score with 1:02 remaining in the first over overtime giving the Fort William Hurricanes a hard fought 3-2 win over the Root River Rangers (Sault Ste. Marie) in the semi-finals. The other semi final saw the Current River Comets defeat the Green for Life team also a Soo team, 7-3, setting up an all Thunder Bay final.
 The Rangers would score first early in the opening frame with Josh Gavey finding the back of the net at the 13:09 mark. Richard Crupi would score twice in the middle frame, once on the power play and one even strength giving the Herks a 2-1 lead after two. At 9:07 of the third period the Rangers would tie the game at 2-2 with Kurtis Rogers scoring, and regulation time ended, setting up Francis's overtime winner, sending the Hurricanes to the finals. Francis was moved up from his defensive position due to the lack of forwards not making the trip from Thunder Bay, and the move proved to be a blessing as he would net two game winners and one tying goal.
 The final would see the Current River Comets score twice in the first and the second and go on to beat the Herks 4-0, with Carson Heroux picking up the shut out. Alexander Erwin would be the scoring star for the Comets scoring once and chipping in with three assists, Jacob Anttonen would have a pair of goals.
 The shorthanded Canes were a force all weekend going undefeated in round robin play (3-0-1), won the semi final game, but would run into the Comets as a very tired squad, not taking anything away from the Current River team as both teams were now playing their sixth game in three days, still a great showing by the Herks.
Next ice for the Hurricanes will be a 9:00 pm contest on Wednesday night facing off with the AAA Bantam Kings at FN#1.



The Fort William Hurricanes teams opened the Robins Donut Classic Hockey tournament with a win and a tie. The Midget AA's opened the tournament with a 5-3 win over their arch rival Fort William Canadiens, while the Midget A's would give up a 5-4 lead late in period three as Current River Comets would tie the game at 5-5.
 Kyle Swerhun would score a hat trick as he would lead the Canes to a 5-3 win over the Canadiens.
 The Herks would fall behind 1-0 in the first as Cameron Ellis would find the back of the net and give the Habs a one goal lead after one. It would be Ellis's first of two on the game. Both teams managed seven shots each, Tanner Klein would be net for the Hurricanes, while Cody Beals tended goal for the Canadiens.
 Period two would see the Canadiens take a 2-0 lead as Liam Wrigley would beat Klein at the 14:09 mark. The Herks would respond with three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead. Alex Zimak would score his seventh of the season as he find himself all alone in front of Beals making it 2-1 Habs. Four minutes later Swerhun would score his first of three and his 25th of the season and it was tied at 2-2, Bryson Ducharme's point shot would beat a screened Beals and the Canes would grab the lead with just 0:17 seconds left, it would be Ducharme's third of the year. The Herks would outshoot the Canadiens 12-10.
 It would take the Canadiens just under a minute in the final period to tie the game, with Ellis netting his second of the game. Swerhun's second goal of the game would give the Canes the lead back he would score his 26th of the year four minutes after the Habs had tied the game. The play would be back and forth and the Herks would protect the one goal lead, final with the Canadiens net empty Swerhun would net his hat trick goal and 27th of the season and the Canes would seal the tough come from behind win, just another typical Hurricane, Canadien puck battle.Swerhun would add an assist to go along with his hat trick performance, while Ducharme would have a goal and an assist and Friesen would chip in with a pair of helpers. Next up for the Hurricanes will be a game against the Notre Dame Hounds, at Norwest Arena, three o'clock start time.

                                              SCORING SUMMARY
1ST PERIOD; Habs; Ellis ( Ferris, Commisso ) 5:27.
penalties; HERKS; Friesen, slashing, 2:50.
2ND PERIOD; Habs; Wrigley ( Sissons ) 14:09. HERKS; Zimak 7 ( Kennedy, Wieresema ) 8:29. Swerhun 25 ( Friesen, Ducharme ) 4:24. Ducharme 3 ( Swerhun, Friesen ) 0:17.
penalties; HERKS; Francis; int.13:46. Habs; Kulp, tripping, 8:12.
3RD PERIOD; Habs; Ellis ( McGuire ) 14:06. HERKS; Swerhun 26 ( Francis, Saarinen ) 10:53. Swerhun 27 ( unassisted ) en. 0:29.
penalties; Habs; Safronuk, int. 9:17.
                                            SHOTS ON GOAL
                      1ST       2ND       3RD       FINAL
HERKS               7          12          9           26
Habs                 7          10         12          29


Day two of the Robins Donut Classic Tournament ended with the Fort William Hurricanes teams ending the day with two tough games as the Midget AA's would be tied by the Notre Dame Hounds 2-2 with the Midget A's dropping a 3-1 decision to the Elk 82's. Kyle Swerhun would lead the Midget AA's scoring both Herk goals against the Hounds, the Midget A's would surrender the tie breaking goal on a breakaway with just five seconds remaining in period two. The Midget AA's record stands at 1 win and 1 tie and the Midget A's sit at a tie and a loss.
 It will be the Midget A's taking on the Westfort Maroons at 12:30, Fort William Gardens with the Midget AA's following at 2:30 pm facing off with the Current River Comets. Round robin action winds up tonight with the Midget A's playing the Marathon Mercs 8:00 pm, Tournament Centre #1, and the Midget AA's facing off with the Wawa Travellers at 6:30 pm, Fort William First Nation #1.


The Fort William Hurricane Midget AA and Midget A teams have dug themselves a bit of a hole, as both teams are sitting out of a playoff spot. As the home stretch of the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey season begins to wind down, the Midget AA's sit in fifth spot two points behind the Westend Bruins who hold the final playoff position, both teams have six games remaining. The Midget A situation is a little more difficult as they find themselves five points shy of a playoff spot, with the KC Sabres sitting in the eighth spot, again both squads have six games to play. The Midget A Herks will have to run the table and hopefully receive some help.
 The Midget AA's were in a playoff spot at the beginning of the week and had a crucial matchup with the Westend Bruins but an uninspired effort by the Canes would see them drop a 3-1 decision, actually it looked like both teams were not very motivated, but the Bruins would steal a valuable two points.
 Both Herk teams will take a break from league action as they will be competing in the Robins Donut Hockey Classic Tournament, this weekend. Good luck to both teams.


Game; Sunday          February 12th, 7:30 pm Delaney vs Comets

Game; Wednesday    February 15th, 7:30 pm Current River Arena

Game; Thursday       February 16th, 8:30 pm Current River Arena


Fort William Hurricanes Awards Banquet 2017

The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club will be hosting their Annual Awards Banquet this coming Thursday April 13, 2017, it will be held at the Columbus Centre on May Street, starting at 6:00 pm.
 All players are invited free of charge, while extra tickets are priced at $30.00.
 The evening will consist of the presentation of Fort William Hurricane's team awards, Esso Player Awards and Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Awards. Hope to see everyone there.

***Please bring your written surveys to the Banquet, thanks.


The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club are accepting coaching applications for our Bantam A team, if anyone interested please contact Larry Busniuk or Larry Deswiage.

Staff must include a "Coaches Stream" Certificate, the following are also part of the requirements for coaching a team.

  • Coaches Stream.
  • Qualified Trainer
  • Police Checks
  • Body Checking


The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club handed out their annual awards at the KC Hall Thursday evening, both teams had fairly decent seasons in the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey League.
 The Midget A's with a very young team would just finish (9th) not making the eight qualifying playoff spots, a young team that when they skated could and did compete with the top end Midget A teams.
 The Midget AA's completed a very up and down campaign this past year, battling from a very rough start to fight tooth and nail and reaching the third seed in a very competitive Midget AA Division. They would go on to reach the Championship Finals bowing out in four games.
 Along the way they would capture two tournament titles (HNO's Tournament of Champions, Eden Prairie).
 The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club would like to take this time to congratulate the winners, both our teams, coaches and parents on a very successful 2016-2017 hockey season.

The Midget A staff proudly presented this years player awards.

The Esso Awards;

Most Sportsmanlike Player;             #18  Garrett Sheparski
Most Improved Player;                    #  6  Duyane Sugarhead
Most Dedicated Player;                   #  8  Jordan Meservia

The Hurricanes Awards

Rookie of the Year;                        #1  Jaydan Delaqua
Presidents Award                         #10 Tyler Quisses
HHH Award                                  #14 Brysen Bottoset

Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Awards

Most Improved Player                 #10  Tyler Quisses
     The Midget AA staff proudly presented this years player awards.

The Esso Awards

Most Sportsmanlike Player;         #16  Zachary Francis
Most Improved Player;                #21  Jonathan Friesen
Most Dedicated Player;               #  1  Tyler Blazino 

The Hurricanes Awards;

Rookie of the Year;                    #4  Kyle Swerhun
Presidents Award;                     #16 Zachary Francis
HHH Award;                              #14 Richard Crupi

Thunder Minor Hockey Awards;

Rookie of the Year;                   #4  Kyle Swerhun
Most Sportsmanlike Player;     #16  Zachary Francis

The Brian Dell Memorial Bursary Award

# 31  Tanner Klein.

All the awards presented are unfortunately individual and every player does not receive the full recognition that is deserved, but the award winners, team mates, coaches and parents fully realize that individual accomplishments could not be achieved without a complete team effort, so they all should be honoured on what was done to attain the team goals.


The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club are pleased to announce that the search for coaches for the 2017-2018 season is over, and now the three teams are ready for the up in coming Thunder Bay Minor Hockey season.

The Bantam A staff will be manned by the following;

Head Coach;  Joe Berube

Asst, Coach;  Blair Wihlidal

Trainer;         Anthony Kotarac

Manager;      Cheryl Wihlidal
The Midget A Staff is as follows;

Head Coach;  Tyler Cooper

Asst. Coach;   Justin Joyce                            Adam Joyce

Asst. Coach;  James Cole                             Ryan Fieldhouse

Asst. Coach;  Jon Ciosek

Trainer;         Reginald Defeo

Manager;      Nick Cavezza  
Midget AA Staff

Head Coach;   Mark Antenucci

Asst. Coach;   John Falvo

Asst. Coach;   Rick Sarrinen

Asst. Coach    Craig Pages


The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club are pleased to announce that they have been awarded three clubs for the 2017-2018 Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Season.
 We will be retaining our Midget AA and Midget A teams with the addition of a Bantam A team. 
The Hurricanes Organization will be accepting coaching applications for all three teams, more information will be coming shortly after their Annual General Meeting on Thursday April 20th, 7:00 pm, DaVinci Centre, everyone welcome to attend.


The Bantam and Midget A drafts were completed last evening and now the Fort William Hurricanes three clubs are ready for the upcoming 207-2018 hockey season. Good luck to all.

The Bantam A's selected an entire new team as the Hurricanes did not have a Bantam team last season.
 Players selected for this years team will include. Jesse Kotarac, Cole Kutzler, Jackson Lawrence, Eric Wihlidal, Nathan MacMillan, Carter Salo, Vasili Melissis, Brandon Kuoppa-Aho, Matias Maenpaa, Carson Power, Jousha Gray, Brahm Langille, Bonneville, Marcus Zawadzki, Harrison Tsekouras, Evan Basalga and Nathan Ruberto.

The Midget A's will see only two players returning from last seasons team, with forward Tyler Quisses and goaltender Bradley Deswiage returning to the fold.
Ben Parker, Matthew Pogue, Kieran Cross, Nicholas Zappitelli, Ryan Pellizzari, Spencer Baxter, Cooper Pytyck, Michael Simkanin, Elijah Penna, Bradley Anderson, Cooper Anderson, Payton Littleford, Lucas Badolato, Jordan Carroll and Noah Francis.

The regular season will begin following the Thanksgiving weekend.



The Fort William Hurricanes Midget AA team for the 2017-2018 has been drafted, there is a change of players with some returning players, but it is a new look Herk team.
 Returning to the fold will be forwards, Anthony Tassone, Chase House, Richard Crupi and Jonathan Friesen, Eric Wiersema will be the only D Man returning, second year goaltender Tyler Blazino returns.
 New faces and names will be, forwards, Jesse Appel, Jordan Merservia, Sage Blackstar, Matthew Crupi and Benjamin Furtado, new defenseman, Jacob Sgambelluri, Carson Kulmala, Gregory Blekkenhorst, Drew Meloche and Mason Hachey, new to Midget AA but not to the Hurricanes is goaltender Jaydan Delaqua.
 The Midget AA 2017-2018 season will begin on Monday October 2nd, 2017. Good luck to our Midget AA's on a successful hockey year. 

A reminder the Herks Bantam A and Midget A1's will draft their teams on Tuesday September 19th, with the Bantams staring at 5:30 pm, with the Midget A1's scheduled for 8:00 pm.


Thunder Bay Minor Hockey has released the first two  months of the
2017-18 schedule, balance to follow.

The Midget AA's will open the season on October 2nd,2017. The first game will see the Herks take on the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, 9:00 pm. Delaney Arena.

The Midget A1's will kick off their season Tuesday October 3rd, as they will be tested by arch rival Fort William Canadiens, 8:00 pm Fort William First Nation 1.

The Bantam A's opening will be played at the Current River Arena, 8:30 pm and will face the KC Sabres.



The Fort William Hurricanes had a two win, one loss week. The Bantam A's would pick up their first win of the season after scoring a 4-1 win over the KC Sabres, it would be both teams opening game of the TBMHA's regular season. The Herks were led by Evan Basalyga with a goal and an assist.
 The Midget A's would get over their frustrating opening game jitters as they would edge the Thunder Bay Elks 3-2, Cooper Anderson and Ryan Pellazzari would chip in with a goal and one helper each for the Hurricanes.
 In the Midget AA Division the Herks would remain winless after two games, by dropping a 6-1 loss to the Current River Comets.

The Bantam A's(1-0-0) would start game one, versus the Sabres (0-1-0) by taking a 2-0 first period lead as, Brandon Bonneville would score his first of the season at 7:36 of the opening frame, that would be followed by Jesse Kotarac's first in little under a minute at 6:42, making it 2-0 Hurricanes after one. The Canes would have a 15 shot period, while KC had seven shots all stopped by Hurricanes goaltender Carson Power.
 Period two would see the Herks increase their lead to 3-0 on Evan Basalyga's first of the year at 8:17. The Sabres would finally get on the scoreboard with Owen Dacre putting one by Power, the frame would end with the Canes holding a 3-1 lead.
 The Hurricanes would score the only goal in the final period, with Jackson Lawrence finding the back of the net with his first. This would make the score 4-1 and the Canes would post their first win of the season.
 Next game for the Bantams will be a road trip to Nipigon on Wednesday October 11th.
                                               SCORING SUMMARY
1ST PERIOD; HERKS;  Bonneville 1 ( Basalyga, Zawadzki ) 7:36. Kotarac 1
( Ruberto, Kutzler ) 6:42.
penalties; HERKS; Kutzler, int. 11:55. Sabres; Paterson, high stick, 7:19. Giertuga, int. 4:44.
2ND PERIOD; HERKS;  Basalyga 1 ( Kuoppa-Aho ) 8:17. Sabres; Dacre ( Puattla, Beanage ) 3:34.
penalties; HERKS; Lawrence, boarding, 2:23. Sabres; Beanage, head check, 11:30. Giertuga, head check, 0:05.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS;  Lawrence 1 ( Maenpaa ) 6:43.
penalties; HERKS; Melissis, slashing, 5:29. Bench, to many men, 1:49. Sabres; bench, to many men, 9:23. Cordileone, head check, 5:41. Robertson, int. 1:20.
                                       SHOTS ON GOAL
                          1ST       2ND       3RD       FINAL
HERKS                 15          8           10          28
SABRES                 7           6            5           18

The Midget A's (1-1-0)  would score once in each period to record their first win in two games by edging the Thunder Bay Elks (0-2-0) 3-2. Ryan Pellazzari would score the winning tally half way through the final frame.
 Cooper Anderson's first of the season would lift the Canes to an early 1-0 lead scoring at the 10:57 mark, Macoy Fennell would tie the game at 1-1 scoring four minutes later. The Hurricanes would be outshot by the Elks by a 14-10, Michael Simkanin was solid in the Canes goal allowing just the one goal.
 The 82's would take the lead 40 seconds into the middle period as James Remus gave them a 2-1 lead scoring on the power play. The Hurricanes would respond seven minutes later, Noah Francis would net his second of the season by scoring on the power play and it would give the Herks a 2-2 tie with the Elks after two. The Herks had a 13 shot period and the Elks had a six shots.
 Halfway through the final period Pellazzari would score his first of the year and the Canes had a slim 3-2 lead with lots of time remaining, but Simkanin would shut the door on the 82's preserving the win for the Herks. Both teams were one for two on the power play.
 The Hurricanes will play game three on Wednesday October 11th, 7:30 pm, Delaney, against the Westfort Rangers.
                                             SCORING SUMMARY
1ST PERIOD; HERKS;  Anderson 1 ( Penna ) 10:57. Elks; Fennell ( Remus, Ford ) 7:01.
penalties; HERKS; Carroll, tripping, 1:09.
2ND PERIOD; Remus ( Fennell ) pp. 14:20. HERKS; Francis 2 ( Zappitelli, Pellizarri ) pp. 7:30.
penalties; Elks; Sargent, hooking, 8:14.
3RD PERIOD; HERKS;  Pellizzari 1 ( Anderson ) 7:30.
penalties; HERKS; Baxter, tripping, 0:05. Elks; MaGill, slashing, 1:08.
                                           SHOTS ON GOAL
                      1ST       2ND       3RD       FINAL
HERKS             10         13          13          36
Elks                 14          6           10          30

 It looked like the Midget AA Hurricanes were not ready to play their game to the Current River Comets and it showed up on the score board as the Comets posted a 6-1 win over the Canes. Andy Prystanski would have a three point night for the Comets with a pair of goals and one assist, Matthew Bevelacqua would also net a pair. Drew Meloche would be the only Herk finding net on the evening.
 The Comets would score twice in the opening period with Antonio Vacchiano beating Herks starter Jayden Delaqua for the first goal of the game, on the power play. Prystanski would score his first of two with 3:43 left in the period and the Comets would hold a 2-0 lead after one.
 Tyler Blazino would start the second period in goal for the Hurricanes as Delaqua would remain in the dressing room with a health issue. Meloche's first of the year would cut the Current River lead in half at 2-1 scoring early with a minute and a half gone by, but the Comets would regain their two goal lead three minutes later with Braxton Syoposz scoring a shorthanded goal, and period two would end with the Comets holding a 3-1 lead.
 The Comets would score three unanswered goals in period three making the final 6-1. Bevelaqua would score his first of two at 9:07, Prystanski's second was scored at 3:09 and Bevelaqua's second of the games was scored with twenty eight seconds remaining. The Herks would be out shot 28-18.
 Next up for the Midget AA's will be a contest with the Westend Bruins on Saturday October 14th, 6:30 pm, Delaney Arena.
                                            SCORING SUMMARY
1ST PERIOD; Comets; Vacchiano ( Villeneuve ) pp. 10:40. Prysatnski ( Nisbet ) 3:43.
penalties; Kulmala, tripping, 10:46. Sgambelluri, holding, 9:56. 
2ND PERIOD; HERKS;  Meloche 1 ( Appel ) 13:37. Comets; Syoposz ( Prystanski) sh.10:02.
penalties; HERKS; Friesen, roughing, 6:02. R.Crupi, tripping, 0:19. Comets; Dowswell, double minor, head check, 13:16. Commisso, slashing, 8:17. Smeltzer, hooking, 1:49.
3RD PERIOD; Comets; Bevelacqua ( Vacchiano ) 10:02. Prystanski ( Syoposz ) 3:09. Bevelacqua ( Dowswell ) 0:28.
penalties; HERKS; Friesen, boarding, 12:36. R.Crupi, 8:04. Comets; Vanska, boarding, 13:24.
                                             SHOTS ON GOAL
                     1ST       2ND       3RD       FINAL
HERKS             4           8           6            18
COMETS        11           6         11            28


The past week was one to forget for all three Fort William Hurricanes Hockey teams as all were involved in losses. The Midget A's were subject to a two period collapse which saw them get beat by the Volunteer Pool Beacats by a score of 8-2. The Herks would jump out to a 2-0 first period lead, on goals by Tyler Quisses and Kieran Cross, but the Bearcats would score eight unanswered goals for the win Bernie Makenac was the scoring star for VP, with a hat trick and two assists. Meanwhile the Bantam A's would see the Westfort Rangers score seven times before they came back with their lone goal late in the final period. The Rangers Teddy Leveque had the trick, giving the Westfort squad a 7-1 win. The First place Midget AA's did not fare any better as they were edged out by longtime rival Fort William Canadiens by a score of 4-2. Sam Mancusa led the way offensively for the Habs with a three assist game.
 The two midget clubs will be off regular season play for a week and will begin tournament play this week as they are entered in the Robins Donut Classic. The Bantams will have one regular season game on Wednesday night taking on the Norwest Stars.


The Fort William Hurricane's Bantam A's would win back to back games and strengthen their playoff position, winning twice with a 10-4 win over the Nor-West Stars, leading the way for the Herks would be Matias Maenpaa, Cole Kutzler and Evan Basalyga with two goals apiece. Carson Power would stop all 25 Thunder Bay Elks shots for his first shut out of the season and the Canes would go on to a 2-0 win, Marcus Zawadzki's 17th goal of the year would prove to be the game winner, Basalyga would net 19th of the season. The Bantam Herks streak would end at two games as they would be shut out 5-0 at the hands of the Southend Rangers.
 As the playoffs are fast approaching every game every point becomes more valuable with race tightening up there is no room for error. 
 The next game for the Bantams will be Tuesday January 30th, 6:30 pm. FN#1 versus the Westfort Maroons.
 The Midget A's would see their three game losing streak come to end with a solid effort in a 7-4 win over the Nipigon Elks. Max Houston would score twice and Tyler Quisess would chip in with a goal and one assist, Nicholas Zappitelli would have a five assist game??? Scoring star for the Elks Thomas Houston would have a pair of goals and one helper. The Canes would score three power play goals.
 In a much needed win game the Hurricanes would give up a 3-1 lead in period three and the second place Westfort Rangers would tie the game at 3-3, but the Herks still put one valuable point in the bank and would increase their lead to five points over the Fort William Canadiens, for the last playoff spot in the Midget A1 Division.
 It was a scoreless first period with the Herks out shooting the Rangers 8-6.
Period two would see both teams exchange goals, Tyler Quisess's seventh of the year would be scored while the Herks were shorthanded and the Canes had a 1-0 lead 14 seconds into the period. The lead would hold up till late in the frame when Solomon Long would tie the at 1-1 with 1:49 left in the period. The Rangers did outshoot the Hurricanes but a solid effort by Herk starting goaltender kept the game close.
 There would be a total of four goals scored in the final stanza with both clubs counting two goals each. Qusisses would blast a shot and Ranger goaltender Tyler Prochnicki make the save but Elijah Penna would be Jonny on the spot and bang in the rebound for his fourth of the year and the Canes would lead 2-1 ten seconds into the period, Quisses would net his second of the game three minutes later as he would tip in a point shot for a 3-1 lead, scoring on the power play giving him eight on the season. A minute and thirteen seconds later Westfort would reply with a power play goal of their own with Aiden Morancy scoring making it 3-2 Canes, Joshua Bisignano would score the equalizer at the 8:54 mark. Simkanin would be the story the rest of the way as he would face a thirteen shot barrage, keeping the score at 3-3.
 The point gained was much needed but you can't keep giving points away, the Midget A's have a little problem holding on and protecting leads in some games, but if they can come up with a solid defensive game it should help them earn that final playoff spot.
 Due to the Elks Tournament the Midget A's won't see regular game action until Monday February 5th, 6:30 pm, First Nations #1 as once again their opponent will be the Westfort Rangers.
                                                   SCORING SUMMARY
 no scoring.
penalties; HERKS; Cross, double minor, slew foot, game misconduct, 3:02.
Rangers; Lybarger, tripping, 10:43.
2ND PERIOD;  HERKS; Quisses 7 ( Zappitelli ) sh. 14:46. Rangers; Long
( Lybarger, Houlding ) 1:49.
penalties; Rangers; Paquette, tripping, 10:24. Standfield, xcheck, 9:20.
3RD PERIOD;  HERKS; Penna 4 ( Quisses, Baxter ) 14:50. Quisses 8 ( Young, Zappitelli ) pp.11:35. Rangers; Morancy ( Paquette, Bagley ) pp. 10:22. 
Bisignano ( Morancy ) 8:54.
penalties; HERKS; Penna, tripping, 14:28. Littleford, tripping, 11:00.
                                                 SHOTS ON GOAL
                       1ST       2ND       3RD       FINAL
HERKS                9           9           9           27
Rangers              6         10         15          31
The Midget AA's have fallen on a bit of hard times recently and are just hanging on to their first place position in the TBMHA MAA standings, the Canes are winless in their last four games going 0-2-2, coming off bcd to back losses to arch rivals Fort William Canadiens, dropping a 4-2 loss and then a 6-4 defeat in which the Canadiens scored three power play and one shorthanded goal(s) in the win. The Hurricanes were led by a three goal effort from Ben Furtado and Anthony Tassone with three assists.  Meanwhile the scoring star for the Canadiens was Sammy Mancusa with a three assist effort in the 4-2 win and then putting up a five point game, with three goals and two assists in the 6-4 win.
 The Hurricanes like most of the Midget AA teams are playing hurt. Next up for the Herks will be on Wednesday January 31st, 9:00 pm. Delaney Arena and will face-off with the Volunteer Pool Bearcats.


With the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey regular season coming to a conclusion, the Fort William Hurricanes are sitting with two of their three teams qualifying for post season play. The Midget AA's are in and all thats left is which of three teams will claim the regular season title. The Herks (3), Fort William Canadiens (2) and the Current River Comets (3) are battling it out for top spot with just four points separating third to first.
 Goaltending was the name of the game in the Midget AA division as the Herks and the Comets battled each other to a 1-1 deadlock. The Canes would open the scoring with Jonathan Friesen netting his 15th early in the second period, but with 4:37 remaining in the period the Comets would tie it at 1-1, with Braxton Syposz scoring. There was no scoring in the opening or closing frames. The turning point of the game was early in period three when the Comets were awarded a penalty shot at the 10:05 mark, with the contest tied at a goal apiece and the divisions top spot on the line Tyler Blazino came up huge with a great blocker save preserving the tie.
 The Bantam A's were sitting in sixth spot after their  6-5 loss to the Current River Comets, this was a big loss for the Herks as they would lose the game in the last 14 seconds of the game, as Sean Hole tallied twice for the Comets six seconds apart. Matias Maenpaa scored two goals for the Canes while Evan Basalyga would chip in with three assists. Even with the loss the Bantams have clinched a playoff spot.
 The only club not guaranteed a post season berth is the Midget A's as their division is very close and one slip up can cost you a playoff round. They didn't make things any easier on themselves after dropping a 5-3 decision to the Westfort Rangers, the Rangers would open a 3-0 lead in period one and never looked back, the Canes made it close at 3-2, but Westfrot would score five minutes into the final period for a two goal and finis off with an empty net goal. Scoring two goals and one assist for the Ranegers was ex Hurricane Troy Thurier, Cooper Anderson would have a goal and two assists for the Herks. The Midget A's would increase their lead to six points over the fifth place Canadiens as they would score a 7-2 win over the Nipigon Elks Sunday night. But the Canadiens will have two games in hand.
 Next action for all three Hurricane teams will start this Sunday, as mentioned the Midget A's played Sunday ( 7-2 win ) versus Nipigon, the Bantams were also scheduled for Sunday night against KC Sabres as of this writing no score has been reported, with the big game on tap for tomorrow evening, will see the Midget AA Hurricanes taking on their arch rivals Fort William Canadiens,
9:00 pm, Monday February 12th, Delaney Arena, again the implications are there as whom ever wins this game will have a shot at taking the first place seed.


Congrats goes out to the Fort William Hurricane Bantam A's and the Midget AA's for winning there quarter and semi final series. The Bantams won two straight in defeating the Westfort Maroons two games to none in a best two of three, while the Midget AA's also swept their semi-final series versus the Westend Bruins going three and zero. Good luck to both teams in their next round of playoff action. "GO HERKS"

FORT WILLIAM HURRICANES AGM (Annual General Meeting) will be held on Tuesday April 24th, 2018, 7:00 PM. DaVinci Centre; Everyone Welcome

Fort William Hurricanes Accepting Coaching Applications

The Fort William Hurricanes will be accepting coaching applications for the following teams for the 2018-2019 Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Season. Deadline for applications will be May 1st, 2018.

The following teams are/maybe available (depending on registration numbers)
Bantam A, Midget A Midget AA.

All applicants must be at least coach's level stream. For the Midget AA's head coach must be D1 Qualified.

All staff members must have an up to date Police Check, Respect in Sport, Body checking Certified (head coach) and Gender Identity.


With the 2018-2019 hockey season just two months away, Thunder Bay Minor Hockey will be holding in person registration for four evenings, beginning on Wednesday August 22nd and Thursday August 23rd, followed by two more dates, Wednesday August 29th and Thursday August 30th, 2018. The times for these dates are from 5:30 - 8:30 pm, at the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Office.
( 212 East Miles Street ) Registration will have a fee of $500.00 at signing, TBMHA accepts Visa, Master Card etc. all debit cards. Absolutely no personal cheques will be accepted. Please bring paper work and birth certificate.


The Fort William Hurricanes Annual Awards Banquet was held this past Friday April 13th, 2018. at the Fort William Columbus Centre.
 The evening was started off with a silent tribute for the Humboldt Broncos and ended with the Midget AA's displaying Broncos on the back of their jerseys.

The Awards portion started with the annual ESSO Awards.

Bantam A's
Most Improved Player             Joshua Gray
Most Sportsmanlike Player      Brahm Langille
Most Dedicated Player             Matias Maenpaa

Midget A1's
Most Improved Player             Lucas Badolato
Most Sportsmanlike Player      Cooper Anderson
Most Dedicated Player             Noah Francis

Midget AA's
Most Improved Player              Drew Meloche
Most Sportsmanlike Player       Eric Wiersema
Most Dedicated Playrer            Jordan Mesrvia

The Fort William Hurricane Hockey Club Awards
Rookie of the Year                   Cole Kutzler
HHH Award                              Carter Salo
Presidents Award                     Nathan Ruberto

Midget A1's
Rookie of the Year                   Michael Simkanin
HHH Award                              Matthew Pogue
Presidents Award                     Kieran Cross

Midget AA's
Rookie of the Year                  Mason Hachey
HHH Award                             Jonathan Friesen
Presidents Award                    Eric Wiersema

Playoff MVP                            Jesse Appel
Goaltender Awards                 Tyler Blazino
                                              Jaydan Delaqua

Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Awards

Most Sportsmanlike Player Midget A1 Division           Cooper Anderson

Top Defenseman Midget AA Division                         Eric Wiersema

The Brian Dell Memorial Award                                  Anthony Tassone            


The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club will begin the new hockey season with three teams, Midget AA, Midget A and Bantam A. There were a few changes in the coaching staffs, with the departure of two head coaches and staffs, the Herks wish them the best of luck with their new teams.
 The Midget AA's will be coached by Rick Saarinen, Adam Joyce, Randy Joyce, Nick Cavezza will manage the team. There will be two additions to the coaching staff.

Midget A's will be guided by ex Herk's player and coach, Chris Dudura, Mike Maslack and Karen Gammon will be the teams manager, as with the Midget AA's there will be additions to the staff.

The Bantam A's staff will be announced following the Draft on Tuesday September 18, 2018.


The TBMHA's regular season is set to begin on Tuesday October 9th, 2018, with two Bantam AA games starting at 7:30 pm, Delaney Arena.
 With TBMHA trying to promote their product to the younger groups (PeeWee, Atom and Novice) they will be hosting several different ideas and clinics. All the Bantam teams were given a chance of attending HNO Sponsored Body Checking and Goalie Clinics. There will be a Show Case game every Monday evening where selected teams will show their talents at the Fort William Gardens. The game will feature team introductions, the singing of O'Canada and music between face-offs and intermission. The first game will see the Midget A's kicking off this special event, as the West End Bruins will face-off with the Neebing Hawks at 7:00 pm.

The Fort William Hurricanes will see their regular season begin with the Bantam A's taking on the Westfort Maoons, on Thursday October 11th, 7:30 pm, First Nations Arena #1. Saturday October 13th, will opening day for the Midget AA's, the Volunteer Pool Bearcats will be their opponents starting at 5:00 pm, Delaney Arena. The final season opener will be on Sunday October 14th, with the Midget A Herks taking on the Westfort Maroons, 7:30 pm, Delaney.

                                         GO HERKS

Midget and Bantam A's Draft Their Clubs

It's official the 2018-2019 TBMHA regular season is underway, following the Bantam and Midget A draft. The Fort William Hurricanes will have club in each division.
 The Bantam draft was first on the agenda and the returning coaching staff of Joe Berube and Blair Wihlidal would only be able to secure three players from last years squad. Returning to the Herks will be Matias Maenpaa, Eric Wihlidal and Jackson Lawrence. New comers are plenty, starting in goal with Richard Lamont and Matthew Erickson, Jarod Lemieux, Dustin Paradis, Andrew Pepler, Bridgitte Wakegijig, David Plater, Pacey Whitehead, Guage Sprickerhoff, Cameron Rydholm, Jaydhen-Ryan Dunn, Hunter Meunier, Rylan Grenier and Vicent Gagnon will all don the Hurricane jersey for the first time.
 The Midget A team could not get any returning players from last season, so the whole squad will be new Herks for the upcoming season. The team will feature three brother combinations. Starting with Cole and Carter Hargreaves, Roman and Marcus Zawadzki, Brett and Evan Maslak, in goal for the Herks are Jonathan Gammond and Jacob Green Cook, the balance of the club will see Leif DeDura, Kaiden McKay, Haiden Paavola, Jalen Francoeur, Cameron Hughes, Solomon Long, Alex Walker, Jeffrey Giles and Timothy Dunning skating as a Herk for the first time.

On behalf of the Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club we wish all three of our teams the best for the 2018-2019 season.


The two Fort William Hurricanes Midget teams lengthly winning streaks came to a sudden halt on Monday Night, as both teams lost. The Midget A's impressive start to the 2018-2019 Thunder Bay Minor Hockey regular season ( 11-0-2 ) ended as they were edged by the second place Westfort Rangers by a score of 2-1. Meanwhile the Midget AA's were beaten by the front running Current River Comets 6-2, the Comets were the last team to beat the Herks ( 5-0 ). The Hurricanes when then go on a 8-0-1 streak following that loss, and would pull to within one point of the first place Comets.
Meanwhile the Hurricanes Bantam A team, is hanging in tough in a very competitive Bantam Division, they will try to snap a four game losing streak on Wednesday evening taking on the Neebing Hawks and then will depart to Dryden for a tournament.


The Fort William Hurricane Hockey Club, is seeing all three teams sitting in a playoff spot as the Christmas Break approaches.
  The Bantam A's are in a three way tie for third place with a record of;
GP-15 ( 7-7-1 ). The month of January will be a busy one for the Bantams with five regular season games, the Robins Tournament and a Stateside tournament.
 The Midget A's sit atop the Midget A Division holding onto a two point lead over the Westfort Rangers, the Herk's record so far is GP-16 ( 13-1-2 ) as the Bantams, the Midget A's will have a heavy January schedule, with five regular season games, two tournaments, the Robins and in, Sommerset Minnesota.
 The Midget AA's have climbed to the top of the AA standings with a record of
GP-18 ( 14-3-1 ) just three points ahead of the Current River Comets with ten regular season games remaining, the AA's will be off to a Chicago Tournament.


The Fort William Hurricanes three Thunder Bay Minor Hockey teams returned to the win column, with the Bantam A's scoring a 4-2 win over the Neebing Hawks, Cameron Rydholm would lead the Cane attack with two goals. Meanwhile both Herk's midget teams would post shutout wins, the Midget A's were backstopped by Johnny Gammond's 23 stops and Leif DeDura would score the only goal the Hurricanes would need edging the Current River Comets 1-0. Jesse Appel would score the natural hat trick and Stephan Bourgeois would would have a 25 shot save performance in posting a 3-0 win over the Bantam AAA Kings.


If you like our game of hockey your gunna love this weekend, this is the time for the 145 team Robins Tournament, both our Bantam and Midget A teams are involved in this Classic tournament, both clubs will be guaranteed four games with the hope of moving on. Meanwhile the Midget AA's will off to Chicago to show their talents to our neighbours down south.

                                    GOOD LUCK TO ALL

                                           GO HERKS


After a gruelling twenty eight game regular season, the playoffs are here and will get going this coming Thursday as the Midget AA Division opens the post season.
 The Fort William Hurricanes are pleased to announce that all three of clubs will participate in this years playoff battle and we wish them all success.
 The Midget AA's and the Midget A's ended up in first place in their respective divisions, while the Bantam A's battled right down to the wire to grab the third seed in their division.
 The playoffs will begin for the Midget AA's on Thursday February 28th, 6:00 pm. Fort William First Nations Arena, versus the West End Bruins in a best three of five series. Game two will take place on Monday March 4th, 9:00 pm, Delaney Arena, game three will be on Monday March 18th, 7:30 pm, Delaney.
 The Midget AA's go into the post season sporting a 7-1-2 record in the last ten.
 Midget A best two of three playoff action begins on Sunday March 3rd, 6:00 pm. Delaney Arena, team to named later, game two will on Tuesday March 5th, 8:00 pm, Fort William First Nations.
 The Midget A's record in the last ten games is a 6-2-2.
A best two of three Bantam A series will begin on Saturday March 2nd, 11:00 am, Port Arthur Arena, with our Bantams waiting on an opponent, game two will go Sunday March 3rd, 7:30 pm, Current River Arena.
 The Bantams went on a 6-2-2 run in their last ten games.
 Come out and support your favourite Herks team.


After two long evenings at the draft table, the Fort William Hurricanes, Midget A and Bantam A teams have their crews drafted.
 The Midget A's will see the return of goaltender Johnathon Gammon, Brett Maslack, Jalen Francouer and Timothy Dunning will be on the back once again for the Herks, the only returning forward will be Leif DeDura, joining this years squad are, Matthew Dahl, Tyler Hill, Ty Kovacs, Kieran Meescetawageesic, Ethan Middleton, Owen Vaillant and Ty Waite, two sets of brothers also will wear the "H" for the first time, Sheldon and Conner Pennell along with Stanley and Albert White. The Club will once again be coached by Chris DeDura, Mike Maslack, Richard Francoeur and Mitchell Zemanck, the teams Manager is Karen Gammond. 
 The Midget A's season opener will be Wednesday October 16th, 7:30 pm, Fort William First Nation #1, versus the Westfort Rangers.
 The Bantam A's will see only three players return to the 2019-2020 team, with Andrew Pepler, Pacey Whitehead and Dustin Paradis. All new to the Hurricanes this year will be, Carter Cressman-Speak, Parker Dorland, Evan Edwards, Ethan Given, Austin Green, Kadin Hemeon, Conner Legace, Ryan Leveque, Quetin McKay, Harry Jr. Okeese, Andre Sarrasin, Erik Sundell, Dawson Watts and Lucas White. The teams new Head Coach will be Bill Pepler, the rest of the staff will be added later on.
 The Bantam A Hurricanes will kick off the new season on Sunday, October 20th, 2019, 2:00 pm, as they will take on the West End Bruins at the Fort William First Nations #1 Arena.

Ii has been awhile since anything was posted on the site. Now that everything is back to normal we will try and keep the site up to date. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience. 

As of today (Feb.6th) all three of the Fort William Hurricanes are sitting in a playoff spot. The Bantam A's are fourth, Midget A's seventh and the Midget AA's are in a dog fight for the fourth and final spot, with the Current River Comets breathing down their necks with just two points separating the two teams it looks like this will go down to the wire.


All three Fort William Hurricane teams have two regular season games left to play and playoff positioning is still up for grabs. Two teams have qualified for the post season, while one team is still in the hunt.
 The Bantam A's presently are sitting in fourth spot (5th if Nipigon was included)
their last five games, (2-3-0) with two games to be played, Westfort Rangers and the Current River Comets
 The Midget A's are in seventh place (8th if Nipigon was included), their last five games, (2-2-1) with two games left to played, KC Sabres and the Thunder Bay Elks.
 The Midget AA's are fighting for their playoff lives as they sit in fourth spot two points up on the Current River Comets who have a game in hand. a tight race that can go right down to the wire. The Canes need to win out in the last two games to assure themselves that final playoff spot. Their last five games (1-4-0) the final two games are with the Current River Comets and the West End Bruins.
 Playoffs begin March 2nd, 2020.
                         GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE WAY HERKS

Spotted an error in the Bantam A's schedule they have three games remaining.



The Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Association playoffs will begin on Monday March 2, 2020. The Fort William Hurricanes three teams all qualified for post season action.

In the Midget AA Division the Herks came back from Minneapolis, Minnesota President Cup Champions but sat precariously in the fourth and final playoff spot, tied with the Current River Comets, the Comets needed to win out with two games remaining, and the Canes only needed to post a win over the Comets to clinch. The crucial game went to the Current River Club beating the Hurricanes 6-2 and now were ahead by a deuce with one game left, they would go on to lose to the Fort William Canadians 3-2, but still held the last playoff spot.
 Now the pressure was on the Hurricanes they needed a win against the West End Bruins and came through with a 5-1 win and would draw even with the Comets, but would land the fourth spot on the tie breaker rule of more wins.

The Herks would now face their arch rivals, the Fort William Canadians in a best of three of five semi final.
 Game one was a classic contest between the two Fort William clubs, but the Canadians would score once on the power play and would make it 2-0, 43 seconds later. That would be all the scoring and so the Canadian take game one 2-0 and lead the best three of five semi-final 1-0. Next game in this series will be Wednesday March 4, 2020, 9:00 pm Delaney Arena.
 The Midget A's ended the regular season in sixth spot finishing off their last five games with a 2-1-2 record, and will face-off with the Westfort Rangers in a best two of three, quarter final. They will begin their run on Wednesday March 4, 2020, 7:30 pm, Fort William First Nations Arena.
The Bantam A's were the highest seeded Hurricanes team finishing fourth overall, their last five game were also above 500, with a 3-2-0 record. The bantams will play game one of their best two out of three quarter final, Wednesday March 4th, 2020, 8:00 pm, Current River Arena.

                                    GOOD LUCK TO ALL THREE TEAMS

                                                  GO HERKS                      


Well the wait is over we are back on the ice playing meaningful games for the 2020-2021 season, it may look a bit out of the ordinary, but it's hockey.

The U18 A's started the new season with a win and a loss, the Neebing Hawks bested the Herks 9-6 in game one with Ethan Maki leading the way for the Canes with two goals and a pair of assists. Starting netminder Devon Roy was solid in goal facing four Hawks penalty shots, as is the new rule with any penalty the player fouled will be awarded a penalty shot on the spot.
 Etand Maki led the U18's in game two with a goal explosion, netting seven goals leading the Hurricanes to a 15-9 win over the the Thunder Bay Elks, U18 A's, also scoring for the Herks, Matthew Dahl, Dustin Paradis with two each, Matias Maenpaa chipped in with a goal and three assists. Canes goalie Evan Edwards faced 25 Elks shots, with three being penalty shots.
 A rematch is in store for the Midget A's as they will face off once again with the Elk 82 team, on Monday November 23rd, 7:30 pm, Fort William First Nations Arena.
In the U18 AA first contest the Current River Comets outscored the Fort William Hurricanes 9-5, leading the way for the Herks was Braeden Duchesne with two goals and one assist, while Matthew Himanen registered a goal and one assist. Goaltender Brayden McKever faced a total 30 shots and two penalty shots, the top scorer for the Comets was Kai Vanska with three goals, two scored with the penalty shot.
 Next up for the Canes will be Sunday November 22nd, 8:30 PM, Delaney Arena as they face arch rival Fort William Canadiens.


After a long eight month layoff hockey has arrived back in Thunder Bay and the province of Ontario. It will look a lot differnt this upcoming 2020-2021 season, teams still drafted their seventeen players, a couple of teams however were only able to take sixteen players. Games will be divided into two twenty one minute halfs, the game will be a four on four format, with no penalties if a player offends another player the player offended will be awarded a penalty shot right away. Offsides and icing will be called and the team that committed the infraction will have to clear the offensive zone, letting the offensive team bring the puck out, the same applies to goals, the team scoring the goal will clear the zone allowing the team to bring out the puck from their zone.
  The Fort William Hurricanes will have two Midget teams, now called U18 A and U18 AA.
 The U18 A team will be coached by Joe Berube, Bill Pepler, Dave Meunier and Matthew McGonigal.
 The roster has a bit of Hurricanes flavor with a few returning to the fold, Matthew Dahl returning from the 2019 Midget A squad, players returning after stints with other teams, Hunter Meunier, Dustin Paradis, Andrew Pepler, Matias Maenpaa, Joshua Gray, Rylan Grenier along with "D" man Ethan Maki. Ethan Osmar, Dylan Meekis, Tyler Anderson, Ty Currie, Lucas Wheatly, Lucas Wood will be suiting up for the first time as a Herk. Backstopping the U18 A team in goal will be be Evan Edwards and Devon Roy.

The U18 AA team will be coached by two longtime Herks, Chris DeDura and JD Lambert have a long history with the organization. Mitchell Zemanek is returning for his second year as coach.
 This years team will have a few Hurricane returnees, Marcus Grillo, Connor Thompson, Braeden Duchesne, Matthew Himanen, and Leif DeDura, coming on board for the new season will be goaltenders, Gunner Paradis and Brayden McKeever, followed by Devon Lamke, Zachary Abbott, Tanner Drazecky, Matthew Tresierra, Cole Lambert, Kaiden McKay, Brandon (Ty) Waite, Darian Smith, Cooper Latta and Keegan Fennell.

Good luck to both U18 teams have a great season, have fun and stay safe and we all will get through this strange and crazy year.


The 2021-2022 Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Association will begin the start of a new a season with a few minor changes to the game we all love. The season is scheduled to start in early October, with evaluation skates beginning on Saturday September 11th, 2021 all at the Port Arthur Arena.
 Teams will be drafted first the U15 AA's then the U18 AA's, followed by the U18 A and U15 A Drafts.
The rules will be back to five on five hockey, three periods and full body contact. Dressing rooms will not be made available to get completely dressed, you must be fully dressed except for skates and helmets, goalies will be the only player allowed to dress in the room, there will be seventeen chairs set up six feet apart. Spectator attendance will be governed by each individual Arena, some may have fans others may not, the city will decide on spectator attendance.
 (Covid Rules are changing everyday), hopefully we will be able to see you all at the rink.


With the 2021-2022 Thunder Bay Minor Hockey season just around the corner, the Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club are pleased to announce their coaching staffs for this year.

The U18 AA's will be lead by Head Coach Joe Berube, with Frank Zanatta being the teams Manager. the Assistant Coaches will be Dave Meunier and Ryan Edwards.
 The Draft for the U18 AA's will be held Monday evening 7:00 pm.

The U18 A's will be coached by Tyler Cooper as Head Coach, with Cole Turbide, Jacob Brown and Rannon Alstrom checking in as Assistant Coaches




With the long and difficult regular season winding down, it looks like both Hurricane teams will make the playoffs. As it stand the U18 AA's are sitting in second place two points behind the front running Current River Comets both clubs have four games remaining, so it could go down to the wire for top spot in the TBMHA U18AA Division.
 The U18A's are in a similar position but sit in top spot clinging to a three point lead over the second place Fort William Canadiens, in the U18A division there is a possibility of four teams grabbing the top spot. The Herks have two games remaining, while the Canadiens have three games left, the Westfort Rangers are right their sitting six points out and three games left.

The TBMHA playoffs are scheduled to start on Monday March 21st, 2022. 
 Quarter finals are a best two of three, while semi final and championship finals are a best three of five. Good luck to our Fort William Hurricane teams.


The TBMHA season has come to the end of the 2021-2022 season, with two shutdowns, who would have thought they would get a complete regular season as well as a full post season, a great deal of thanks has to go out to the scheduler who did a great job.
 The U18A Fort William Hurricanes ended up in first place (18-6-4) in the regular season, they were sitting in sixth place before the shutdown and once play resumed the Herks took off and never looked back.
 They would go into the post season on a bit of a high and sweep their quarter final with the West End Bruins two games to zero, by scores of 3-2 and 3-1. The semi-finals were a tough go as the Canes would take on the South End Junior Stars, they would clinch the series by defeating the Junior Stars three games to one, the Herks would win the first two games by the scores 2-0 and 7-1 but South End would respond with a 6-4 win in game three, a hard fought fourth game would give the Herks the chance to move on to the Championship with a 4-2 win.
It would be the Fort William Hurricanes battling the Neebing Hawks in the best three of five finals, game one was a scoring feast and the Herks came up short as the Hawks took game one 8-6, Neebing would take a two games to none lead by scoring a 5-3 win, the Hurricanes were not going to go down without a fight knowing another loss would eliminate them from the championship, but it was not to be as Neebing would score the only goal of the game giving them the championship with a hard fought 1-0 score.
 The U18A Hurricanes were a very good club coached by a great crew and gave it 100 % every game. Much congratulations for a very successful season.

The U18AA's also completed a very rewarding season overall, finishing the regular season with a 19-6-3 record good for second place in the U18AA division, it was battle right down to the finish with the first place Current River Comets.
  They were poised to make a strong run in the playoffs, they were 19 points better in the the standings than their opponent, the Fort William Canadiens, but you throw all that away and start all over again. The long time rivalry between these two Fort William clubs goes back a long way.
 Game one in the semi-final, was the start of what would be a long series, both teams came out strong but could only settle for a 4-4 tie. To win the series you needed to win three games of a best of five, so game one was a wash. In game two the Canadiens would score a 4-1 win and follow that up with a 2-1 win in overtime taking the series lead 2-0, in the overtime the Herks were awarded a penalty shot but failed to score, with their backs against the wall the Hurricanes would need a strong game to get back into the series, and they would fight back with a 5-1 win, game four was a closer game and the Herks came out on top by a 4-2 score, evening up the series at two games apiece. This set up the final game and the Herks had a slight edge in momentum over the Canadiens by battling back to tie the series, but that was short lived as the Canadiens scored four goals straight and take the fifth and deciding game 5-2.
 The Canadiens would go to the Championship Finals against the Current River Comets.
 It was a tough loss for the U18AA's but none the less it was great season overall, they will be losing a number of players due to aging out, but hope to be competitive force next season. Big thanks goes out to all the players and coaches for the all the time and effort.


The 2021-2022 Fort William Hurricanes Awards Banquet was held Thursday April14th, 2021, at the Columbus Centre, it was a successful night all around as both our U18A's and U18AA's were rewarded for their accomplishments. After almost two years being shut down due the Covid-19 disaster everyone was overjoyed to be back on the ice playing, seeing teammates new and old and being coached the game they all loved and missed.
 The U18A's were first to be recognized for their accomplishments this season as they would finish first and get to the Championship Finals.

First up was the Esso Medals of Achievement Awards.
Most Improved Player;
Nolan Lafreniere

Most Sportsmanlike Player;
Rylen Shewaybick

Most Dedicated Player;
Jackson Shelswell.

Fort William Hurricanes Awards;

Fort William Hurricanes Rookie of the Year;
#20 Lucas Dupuis

Fort William Hurricanes HHH Award
#10 Cameron Dunne

Fort William Hurricanes Presidents Award
#14 Carter Salo.

The U18AA's would finish in second place and would be eliminated  in the Semi-Finals.

First up was the Esso Medals of Achievement Awards.
Most Improved Player;
Luke Roberge

Most Sportsmanlike Player;
Eric Wihlidal

Most Dedicated Player;
Devon Roy

Fort William Hurricanes Awards;

Fort William Hurricanes Rookie of the Year;
#1 River Narbonne

Fort William Hurricanes HHH Award
#4 Lucas Romeo

Fort William Hurricanes Presidents Award
#15 Braydon Piccinin


#1 River Narbonne

#17 Jesse James Biley

#21 Marcus Grillo

#5 Nolan Height


#21 Marcus Grillo

At this time we would like to wish all graduating players all the best in their next step whether it be hockey, school or where ever the road leads them, glad the Hurricanes could be a place you enjoyed and to meet new friends. To all the returning players let's all hope we will see you in a Hurricanes jersey. To all have great and safe summer, see you in the fall.

The Fort William Hurricanes Hockey Club will be holding their Annual general meeting Sunday April 24th, 2022, 7:30 PM, at the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Office.



The 2022-2023 Fort William Hurricanes season began with the U18 AA's and the U18A's starting the season on Wednesday October 12th/22.

The U18A's played their first game against the West End Bruins and the score was a 0-0 tie. Herks goaltender Nolan Lafreniere stopped 18 shots for his first shutout of the early season, not to be outdone Bruins goalie Nathan Jacob kicked out 25 Canes shots.
 Next game for the U18A's (0-0-1) will be Monday October 17th, 2022 at the Fort William Gardens with their opponent being the Volunteer Pool Bearcats
(1-0-0) 7:00 pm.
                                                    SCORING SUMMARY
1ST PERIOD;  no scoring.
2nd PERIOD; no scoring.
penalties; HERKS; Gerow, int, 7:55. BRUINS; Clarke, hooking, 3:59.
3rd PERIOD; no scoring.
penalties;  BRUINS; Cava, hooking, 10:25. HERKS; Gerow, tripping, 13:27. Shelswell, tripping, 2:16.
                                                  SHOTS ONJ GOAL
                        1ST       2ND       3RD       TOTAL
HERKS                 6            9          10           25
BRUINS                7            5            6           18
                                       POWER PLAY
HERKS       0-2
BRUINS      0-3

The U18AA's scored a 4-0 shutout win over the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, Herks Devon Roy was tested twenty times but held on for his first shutout of the year, scoring for the Hurricanes was Nolen Sloan with a pair, while Kadan Garner chipped with two assists.
 The Canes would open the scoring five minutes into the game, as Luke Roberge scored hid first of the season, just under two minutes later the Hurricanes would make it 2-0 with Sloan scoring his first of the season. The Bearcats could only muster four shots in the period, while the Herks fired sixteen shots at VP goalie Luca Verado.
 Sloan's second goal of the game would give the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead scoring at 12:14 mark. Shots favoured the Bearcats with a 10-4 advantage, but the second period came to a close with the Herks holding a 3-0.
 A bit of sloppy play by both teams, slowed the game down. With just 2:54 left in period three Rylan Grenier would score his first of the year making the final 4-0 Hurricanes.Shots were 8-6 Herks.

                                      SCORING SUMMARY
1ST PERIOD; HERKS: Roberge 1 ( Grenier, Mikus ) 10:08. Sloan 1 ( Friesen, Arnone ) 8:20.
penalties; HERKS; Mikus, hooking, 2:25. Bearcats; Polonoski, charging, 7:17.
2ND PERIOD;  HERKS; Sloan 2 ( Garner, Grenier ) 12:14.
penalties; Bearcats; Polonoski, charging, 4:19.
3RD PERIOD;  Grenier 1 ( Garner, M. Romeo ) 2:54.
                                    SHOTS ON GOAL
                    1ST       2ND       3RD        TOTAL
HERKS           16           5           8            29
BEARCATS       4          10          6            20
=================================================POWER PLAY
HERKS          0-2
VP                0-1

The U15A Fort William Hurricane team saw a 2-0 lead end up being a 5-3 loss to the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, a short bench was the part of the reason why the Herks dropped their first game. Leading the way for the Bearcats was Harper Smith.
 Period one would see the Canes take a 1-0 with Logan Harris netting his first of the year, the Canes held a 6-4 edge in shots.
 The Hurricanes would score early in the middle frame with Ethan Lem-Scott netting his first of the year on the power play at the 13:25 mark, VP would score at 11:15 cutting the lead at 2-1 with Devon Watson scoring.  Cameron Ogilvie would make it 3-1 Herks with his first of the season scoring shorthanded, but with two minutes left in the period the Bearcats would score with Andrew Bouchard finding the back of the net, period two would see the Herks lead 3-2.
 The final period was all Bearcats as they would score three unanswered goals, the goals would come at the 9:45 mark, with Harper Smith scoring his first of two, he would strike again on the power play with his second of the game at  the 5:00 mark, and with 2:57 remaining in the game VP would make it 5-3 as Daniel Wilson scored.
                                                SCORING SUMMARY
 Harris 1 (Blanchette ) 8:52.
penalties; HERKS; Ogilvie, tripping, 13:59.
2ND PERIOD;  HERKS: Lem-Scott; 1 (Ogilvie) 13:25; Bearcats; Watson
( Martyniuk ) 11:15. HERKS; Ogilvie 1 ( unassisted ) 7:04. Bearcats; Bouchard 
( Martyniuk ) 2:02.


The Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Association is gearing up for another year of great hockey and it will begin on Tuesday October 11th, 2022 with a U15AA double header. With the North End Flames taking on the Westfort Maroons in game one, game two will see the South End Rangers square off with the Thunder Bay Beavers, game time will be a 7:30 start at the Delaney Arena.

The Fort William Hurricanes will begin play on two fronts as the U18AA Herks take on the Volunteer Pool Bearcats, 9:00 pm, Delaney on Wednesday October 12th, 2022. The U18A Hurricanes are in action on Wednesday 9:00 pm at Fort William First Nation #1, the West End Bruins are the Canes opponent. And on Thursday October 13, 8:30 pm the U15A's will see their first action of the 2022-2023 season at the Current River Arena with the Volunteer Pool Bearcats providing the competition. GOOD LUCK TO OUR THREE TEAMS..