South East Prairie Thunder

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South East Prairie Thunder
Prairie Thunder logo.jpg
City Steinbach, Manitoba
Home arena T.G. Smith Centre
Grunthal Arena

Blue, Green, White

Franchise history
unknown to 2006 Grunthal Redwings
2006 - present South East Prairie Thunder

The South East Prairie Thunder are a Canadian senior ice hockey team based out of Steinbach, Manitoba and former Allan Cup champions.[1] They are currently Manitoba's only senior 'AAA' club and play an independent schedule under the jurisdiction of Hockey Manitoba. The Prairie Thunder will be the host team for the 2016 Allan Cup in Steinbach.


The Prairie Thunder were known as the Grunthal Redwings and based out of Grunthal, Manitoba until 2006. Since then, they have played most of their home games at the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach.[2][3]

The Prairie Thunder have made five appearances at the Allan Cup, the national senior 'AAA' championship. Their first appearance was at the 2009 Allan Cup, which was played in their home arena in Steinbach, but hosted by their rivals, the Steinbach North Stars. The Prairie Thunder advanced to the final, but lost 4-3 in double overtime to the Bentley Generals. After losing in the semi-final at the 2010 Allan Cup and quarter-final at the 2011 Allan Cup, the Prairie Thunder finally captured their first national title at the 2012 Allan Cup in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, with the help of former National Hockey League player Terry Yake.[2][4] After failing to qualify in 2013, the Prairie Thunder returned to the Allan Cup in 2014, but were eliminated in the quarter-final.

In September 2014, the Prairie Thunder were confirmed as the host team for the 2016 Allan Cup, which will take place in Steinbach.[5]

In recent years, the team's roster has included former professional players such as Yake, Brad Purdie, Justin Kurtz, Ryan Bonni, and Steve Christie.[6]


  1. ^ Daniel Nugent-Bowman (April 23, 2012). "Southeast Prairie Thunder finally bring Allan Cup home to Steinbach". Winnipeg Free Press. 
  2. ^ a b Larry Fisher (April 22, 2012). "Southeast Prairie Thunder roll to Allan Cup title". Globe and Mail. 
  3. ^ Kirk Penton (April 12, 2009). "Piece of Canadiana comes to Steinbach". Slam! Sports. 
  4. ^ Ken Wiebe (April 21, 2012). "Allan Cup coming home". Winnipeg Sun. 
  5. ^ Braun, Daryl (September 5, 2014). "2016 Allan Cup Confirmed In Steinbach". 
  6. ^ "South East Prairie Thunder roster". Hockey Manitoba. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 

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