The Timmins Golden Bears became members of the NOJHA in 1991. The Golden Bears won their league championship in 1995. In 1999, the Timmins Golden Bears relocated to Iroquois Falls, Ontario and became the Iroquois Falls Jr. Eskies. After 3 seasons, the Jr. Eskies re-branded as the Abitibi Eskimos. Attendance improved and the Eskimos played good-quality hockey. The Eskimos hosted the 2007 Dudley Hewitt Cup, but lost the semi-finals to the Schreiber Diesels. Three years later in 2009-10, the Eskimos clinched first overall and won the NOJHL championship over the Soo Thunderbirds, who were hosting the Dudley-Hewitt Cup. The Eskimos were gunning to make the Royal Bank Cup, but finished 4th. The Eskimos never made the.NOJHL finals again.
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In March 2015, the Abitibi Eskimos announced they were relocating back to Timmins after 16 years in Iroquois Falls. When the Eskimos announced they were moving, the Mattawa Blackhawks left the small town without junior hockey for next season as they filled the void and became the Iroquois Falls Eskimos.