Port Arthur Bearcats

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Port Arthur Bearcats
Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games/World Championship
Silver medal – second place 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Team

The Port Arthur Bearcats (Bear Cats) were a senior amateur ice hockey team based in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada – now part of the city of Thunder Bay – from the early 1900s until 1970. Before settling on the nickname of Bearcats, the Port Arthur team played several seasons with unofficial generic names applied by fans and sportswriters, such as the Port Arthur Ports, Port Arthur Hockey Club, and the Port Arthur Seniors.

Port Arthur played the Ottawa Senators for the Stanley Cup in a 1911 challenge, losing 13–4 in a one game showdown on March 16, 1911.

By 1915 the Port Arthur was playing in the Thunder Bay Senior A Hockey League (TBSHL). Port Arthur is located in western portion of Ontario, the Bearcats found it convenient to play in the Manitoba Senior A Hockey League (MSHL, MTBSHL) at various times during its history. The Bearcats have also played seasons in the Port Arthur Senior Hockey League (PSHL) and the International Amateur Hockey League (IAHL).

The Bearcats were amongst the best Senior-A teams in Canada, playing in the national Allan Cup championship finals seven times from 1925 through 1942, winning the 1925, 1926, 1929 and 1939 Allan Cup championships. During years that the Allan Cup was an East versus West competition, the Bearcats played as the representative from Western Canada.

When the 1935 Allan Cup champion Halifax Wolverines was unavailable, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association chose the runnerup Bearcats to be Canada's representative at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The Bearcats won the Silver Medal for Canada.

The team suspended operation in 1943 and 1944, due to World War II. The Bearcats returned in the 1945-46 season, continuing operation until the merger of the cities of Port Arthur and Fort William, with the Fort William Beavers joining the Bearcats to form the Thunder Bay Twins for the 1970-71 season. This new iteration would appear in six more Allan Cup finals, including five Allan Cup wins. This team folded after finishing as runnerup in the 1991 Allan Cup.

The Bearcats and the successor Twins combined for 13 Allan Cup competitions, winning a combined 9 championships.

The 1936 Olympic silver medalist Bearcats team was inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.[1]

Notable players[edit]

1936 Olympic team roster[edit]

NHL alumni[edit]

Thirty-two alumni from the Port Arthur Bearcats/Ports/Hockey Club/Seniors/Bear Cats played in the National Hockey League:[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Season-by-Season Standings[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results
1915-16 8 4 4 0 - -- -- 8 2nd TBSHL
1916-17 to 1921-22 Statistics Not Available
1922-23 16 11 5 0 - 95 57 22 2nd MSHL
1923-24 15 11 4 0 - -- -- 16 3rd MTBSHL
1924-25 19 12 7 0 - -- -- 24 2nd MTBSHL, Allan Cup champion
1925-26 20 14 6 0 - -- -- 28 1st TBSHL, Allan Cup champion
1926-27 20 10 9 1 - -- -- 21 2nd TBSHL
1927-28 21 6 14 1 - 56 97 13 3rd MTBSHL
1928-29 18 12 6 1 - -- -- 25 2nd MTBSHL, Allan Cup champion
1929-30 22 16 6 0 - -- -- 25 1st TBSHL, Allan Cup runnerup
1930-31 22 11 9 2 - -- -- 21.5 2nd TBSHL
1931-32 17 11 5 1 - -- -- 23 1st TBSHL
1932-33 20 9 9 2 - -- -- 28 2nd TBSHL
1933-34 14 7 4 3 - 41 34 17 2nd TBSHL
1934-35 21 11 9 1 - -- -- 23 2nd TBSHL, Allan Cup runnerup
1935-36 8 7 1 0 - 54 7 14 Silver Medal, 1936 Olympics
1936-37 Statistics Not Available from IAHL season
1937-38 26 10 14 2 - 85 103 22 3rd IAHL
1938-39 23 14 6 3 - -- -- 31 1st TBSHL, Allan Cup champion
1939-40 23 13 8 2 - -- -- 28 1st TBSHL
1940-41 Statistics Not Available
1941-42 17 14 3 0 - 101 51 28 1st TBSHL, Allan Cup runnerup
1942-43 8 4 4 0 - 45 41 8 1st PASHL
1943-44 Folded due to WW2
1944-45 Folded due to WW2
1945-46 8 4 4 0 - 45 44 8 1st TBSHL
1946-47 12 9 2 1 - -- -- 19 1st IAHL
1947-48 9 6 3 0 - 51 45 12 1st TBSHL
1948-49 to 1950-51 No Regular Season
1951-52 16 4 12 0 - 64 107 8 2nd TBSHL
1952-53 22 5 17 0 - 61 149 8 3rd TBSHL
1953-54 30 10 20 0 - -- -- 20 3rd TBSHL
1954-55 45 14 30 1 - -- -- 29 3rd TBSHL
1955-56 8 4 3 1 - 37 34 9 1st TBSHL
1956-57 3 0 3 0 - -- -- 0 2nd TBSHL
1957-58 3 0 3 0 - -- -- 0 2nd TBSHL
1958-59 to 1959-60 No Regular Season
1960-61 10 6 4 0 - 45 29 12 1st TBSHL
1961-62 10 7 3 0 - -- -- 14 1st TBSHL
1962-63 15 4 7 4 - 60 67 12 2nd TBSHL
1963-64 22 12 7 3 - 80 74 27 1st TBSHL
1964-65 24 11 9 4 - 90 91 26 2nd TBSHL
1965-66 18 3 14 1 - 65 107 10.5 4th TBSHL
1966-67 12 3 6 3 - 57 67 9 2nd TBSHL
1967-68 14 10 4 0 - 84 53 20 1st TBSHL
1968-69 13 11 2 0 - 85 39 22 1st TBSHL
1969-70 12 2 10 0 - 54 84 4 2nd TBSHL

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Winnipeg Hockey Club
Canada men's Olympic ice hockey team
1936
Succeeded by
Ottawa RCAF Flyers