It was 26 years after the victory of the 1922 Fort William Great War Vets that the Memorial Cup would once again be brought home to the north shore of Lake Superior, this time by a junior hockey team from Port Arthur, the West End Bruins, who were coached by Ed Lauzon.


By this time the team had grown in size to include 18 players who first beat out the Fort William Columbus Club in the city playdowns before beating out the Winnipeg Monarchs in the district finals. The next match-up en route to the Memorial Cup was against the Lethbridge Native Sons in the western final. This best-of-seven series went down to the final game, which was held on neutral ground at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. It was during this game that the Bruins proved their superior talents, trouncing the Sons 11-1.


This victory gained the Bruins entry into the Memorial Cup final against the Barrie Flyers. The Bruins once again would prove themselves, winning the seven-game series with four consecutive victories to bring home the national junior hockey title.


Not surprisingly, just about every player on this team went on to play professional hockey, including future NHL stars Benny Woit, Danny Lewicki, Rudy Migay and Dave Creighton.


With two Memorial Cup victories to the region's credit, Thunder Bay can take pride in knowing that two hometown teams have left their mark in the history of junior hockey in Canada.


Team members included: Lorne Chabot Jr., Jerry Zager, Benny Woit, Pete Durham, Norvil (Red) Olsen, Rudy Migay, Danny Lewicki, Alfred Childs, Barton Bradley, Dave Creighton, Bob Fero, Buck Forslund, Bill Johansen, Robert Wrightsell, Bert Fonso, Art Harris, Joe Ripku, Alfred Baccari, Ed Lauzon (coach), E.C. (Ted) Whalen (manager), Wm.S. Tomlinson (president), Ossie Reid (trainer), H.W. Hygaard (assistant trainer), E.'Cyc' Hedge (sec/tres).


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


Port Arthur West End Bruins Junior Hockey

Team Year:
1947-48
Inducted: 
1982
Sport:
Hockey
Achievement
Memorial Cup Champions
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