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After claiming the Thunder Bay District title, this team advanced to the Western Canadian Intermediate hockey playoffs. Sweeping the Manitoba champions, the Dauphin Kings, in three straight games with scores of 4-2, 7-3 and 5-4, they advanced to the finals where they met up with the Alberta champions, the Ponoka Stampeders in a best-of-seven series.

Winning the first game 7-4 their 8-1 loss in the second game tied things up. Recording wins of 5-3 and 8-4 in games three and four a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in the dying seconds of game five extended the series. Their decisive 5-1 victory in game six earned them the championship title and the Edmonton Journal Trophy. Returning home to a hero’s welcome they were greeted by a sea of red and white and a parade from the train station to the Legion Hall.

Selected by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to represent Canada on a 10-game tour of Japan in 1954, their journey began with a train trip to Vancouver followed by a close to three week sea voyage. Playing ten games over a twelve day period they filled arenas in such places as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya, handily winning each game and proudly representing their country.

Back Row: (L-R): Dr. A. Torrie (Medical), Carl Johnson (Pres), Art Schwartz (VP), Ken 'Sugar' Robertson, Dick Elliott, Lorne Johnston.

Third Row: (L-R): Don Nicholson, Ray Westlund, Don 'Spike' Robertson, Hugh 'Sam' Robertson, Wilf Leydier, Don Blom, Murray Robertson, Vin Gallagher (Coach), Ernie Forsyth (Manager).

Second Row: (L-R): Don Letman, Bernie Milliard, Ron Lundin, Jim Johnston, Frank Richards, Ray Simoneau, Phil Creed.

First Row: (L-R): Dick Dixon (Trainer), Carl Lorenski (Asst Trainer), Lloyd Paulsen, Steve Derry (Trainer).

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 28, 1985

Kenora Thistles Intermediate Hockey

Team Year:
Canadian Champions
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