Teams

Kenora Thistles Senior Hockey
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Team Year and Name

1907 Kenora Thistles Senior Hockey

Achievement

Stanley Cup Champions

Induction Year

1982

Biography

This team’s claim to the Stanley Cup goes back to January of 1907 when it was an amateur award and competed for in a series of challenges. At that time any team that had won their league championship title could issue a challenge to the current holders of the Stanley Cup. As winners of the 1905-06 Manitoba Hockey League title this team earned that right, however it was too late in the season to issue such a challenge so it was postponed until the following year.

In January of 1907 the challenge was issued to the current holders of the Stanley Cup, the Montreal Wanderers of the Eastern Canadian Amateur Hockey League. The two game, total-goal series was held in the Montreal Arena with Kenora winning the first game 4-2 and the second match-up 8-6. Their 12-8 series win earned them the right to engrave their name on the inside of the Stanley Cup bowl and gave Kenora the distinction of becoming the smallest community ever to win the coveted Stanley Cup.



Back Row (L-R): Roxy Beaudro, Tom Hooper, Tommy Phillips, Billy McGimsie

Front Row (L-R): Silas Griffis, Eddie Giroux, Art Ross

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 25, 1982