The Lakehead Thunderwolves are perennial powers in the OUA and CIS in Nordic Skiing and wrestling. The women's and men's Nordic ski teams won both the OUA conference and CIS-CCUNC national team championships in both 2005 and 2006. The women's and men's team four-peated for the OUA Championships in 2008 while the women won their fifth consecutive CIS-CCUNC national championship. The men's wrestling team is ranked in the CIS Top 10 each year and the women's team is ranked in the North American Top 15. As of 2012, the women have continued their string of dominant performances, having now accomplished the 8-peat for CCUNC championships.
Their men's hockey program, started in 2001-02, annually leads the CIS in attendance with minor pro attendance numbers (3000 per game) and has become one of the better programs in CIS men's hockey. The team won the OUA Queen's Cup conference championship in 2005-06, defeating the McGill Redmen in the one-game final, and subsequently placed second at the CIS National Championships in Edmonton, Alberta. In each of its seven seasons, the hockey team has won at least one playoff round and has gone 14-2 on home ice in the playoffs. The Thunderwolves have qualified for the CIS National Championship twice in seven seasons of play. They hosted the CIS National Championships in 2009 and 2010. It has an intense, and at times brutally violent, rivalry with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs.
Men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, track, and cross country have had varying degrees of success, and most of these programs have shown improvement over the past couple seasons.
Lakehead broadcasts many games with live video webcasts which can be accessed off Lakehead's two athletic sites. All sports are broadcast except Nordic skiing. Basketball is carried live on campus radio station CILU-FM and webcast on SSN Canada. Men's away hockey games used to be carried by commercial station Rock94, but just recently the station discontinued this service.