South East Prairie Thunder
|South East Prairie Thunder|
|Home arena||T.G. Smith Centre
Blue, Green, White
|unknown to 2006||Grunthal Redwings|
|2006 - present||South East Prairie Thunder|
The South East Prairie Thunder are a senior ice hockey team based out of Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada and former Allan Cup champions, winning the 2012 Allan Cup in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. The Prairie Thunder play an independent schedule under the jurisdiction of Hockey Manitoba. The Prairie Thunder are Manitoba's only active senior 'AAA' club.
Until 2006, the Prairie Thunder were known as the Grunthal Redwings and based out of Grunthal, Manitoba. The Prairie Thunder made their first Allan Cup appearance at the 2009 Allan Cup, which was played at Steinbach, but hosted by their rivals, Steinbach North Stars. The Thunder made it to the final, but lost 4-3 in double overtime to the Bentley Generals. In their fourth consecutive Allan Cup appearance in 2012, the Prairie Thunder captured their first national title, with the help of former National Hockey League player Terry Yake.
The Prairie Thunder, formerly based out of Grunthal, still play some home games at the Grunthal Arena, but now play mainly out of the larger T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman (April 23, 2012). "Southeast Prairie Thunder finally bring Allan Cup home to Steinbach". Winnipeg Free Press.
- Larry Fisher (April 22, 2012). "Southeast Prairie Thunder roll to Allan Cup title". Globe and Mail.
- Kirk Penton (April 12, 2009). "Piece of Canadiana comes to Steinbach". Slam! Sports.
- Ken Wiebe (April 21, 2012). "Allan Cup coming home". Winnipeg Sun.
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