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The Thunder Bay Twins were formed in 1970 with the amalgamation of the Port Arthur Senior Bearcats and the Fort William Beavers. In their first 5 years of action, the Twins earned their way to one Eastern semi-final and two eastern finals. After only their fifth season of active competition, in 1974-75, the Thunder Bay Twins would go all the way to the top of the Canadian Senior Hockey Association by winning the Allan Cup.

That season the Twins first won the Western International Hockey League title before facing off against the Barrie Flyers in the Allan Cup finals. The series was split with three games being held in Barrie and three in Thunder Bay. In Barrie, the Twins lost two games and won one before returning home. In Thunder Bay, before their hometown fans, the Twins clinched the series with three straight decisive victories of 8-2, 5-2 and 8-4. The 1974-75 Twins had broken a 35-year silence of Allan Cup victories for Thunder Bay, as the last time the Cup was brought home to the Lakehead was in 1939 when the Port Arthur Seniors won the title. This victory was to be just the first of five, as the Twins went on to successfully win back the Allan Cup in 1984, 1985, 1988 and 1989.

Back Row (L-R): Jack Masters (Pres), Darrell Clarke (Asst Trainer),

Dr. Doug Rathbone, Jack Yeo (Asst GM).

Third Row (L-R): Gary Cook (trainer), Brian Vescio, Jack Byerley, Chuck Kelner, Murray McLeod, Mike 'Tinker' Mithrush, Dave Vaillant,

Vic Fortes (trainer).

Second Row (L-R): Les Hanbury (Tres), Gary Linquist, Jack Owchar, Tom Deacon, Russ Elliott, Bill McDonald, Dave Bragnalo, Bob Stenbeck (Sec).

Front Row (L-R): Rocky Menard, Larry Folino (VP), Barry Hogan,

Russ Poole (Mgr), Dave Siciliano (Coach), Albert Silvinski (GM), Brian DePiero, Murray Wing, Moe Trewin.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 26, 1987

Thunder Bay Twins Senior Hockey

Team Year:
Allan Cup Champions
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