Wallaceburg junior hockey team moving to Walpole Island

The Wallaceburg Thunderhawks will be renamed the Walpole Island Wild and relocate permanently to the Walpole Island First Nation next season.

According to General Manager and Governor Scott Gorry, the new Walpole Island Wild will be the only Aboriginal team in the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL).

“As far as I know, this will be the only Native American team in the league,” Gorey told CK News Today.

Gorey also said that after 50 years as the Thunderhawks in Fort Wallace, the team will play permanently at the Walpole Island Sports Center next season.

New owners took over the team last year and some games are played on Walpole Island.

Walpole Island had a Great Lakes Junior C hockey team in the 1990s and won the league championship in 1992-1993, but disbanded in 1999.

The new team is currently holding a competition to design a new team logo. The winner will win $100 and team merchandise.

Designers can email their submissions to [email protected].

Deadline is April 30, 2023.

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