Toronto ThunderHawks

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Toronto ThunderHawks
Full name Toronto ThunderHawks
Founded 2000
Dissolved 2001
Ground Hershey Centre
Ground Capacity 5,612
League NPSL

Toronto ThunderHawks were an indoor soccer team based in Mississauga, Ontario that competed in the defunct NPSL. The team began play in the 2000-2001 season, with home games at the Hershey Centre.[1] The team was owned by businessman Neil Jamieson and National Hockey League Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Paul Coffey.[2] The owners also purchased the Montreal Impact of the NPSL and suspended the club, transferring many of the Impact players to the ThunderHawks.[3][4][5]

The head coach was Gary Hindley, who had led the Cleveland Crunch to the NPSL championship in 1993-94.[6] When the NPSL disbanded in the summer of 2001 and reorganized as the MISL, the ThunderHawks were admitted to the new league under the condition that they would suspend operations for the 2001-2002 season to work on the business side of the franchise and return to active competition for the 2002—2003 season.[7] However, the team never returned from this temporary suspension of operations.

Year-by-year record[edit]

Year League Games Won Lost Pct PF PA Finish Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2000–01 NPSL 40 21 19 .525 574 556 2nd National[8] Lost Conference Finals[9] 1,985

Year by year attendance[edit]

  • 2000-2001: 1,985[10]


  1. ^ "NPSL adds Toronto Thunderhawks". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2000-06-07. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  2. ^ Peters, Ken (December 20, 2000). "Fan support essential for second Hawks' game". Hamilton Spectator. p. E1. 
  3. ^ "Fledgling Toronto ThunderHawks buy Montreal Impact indoor team". Canadian Press. 2000-08-10. 
  4. ^ "ThunderHawks make Impact". Guelph Mercury. 2000-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Depleted ThunderHawks make pre season home debut Saturday against Buffalo". Canadian Press. 2000-10-06. 
  6. ^ "ThunderHawks Hindley no stranger to expansion". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2000-11-10. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  7. ^ "ThunderHawks sit out MISL season". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2001-08-08. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  8. ^ "Standings". National Professional Soccer League. Archived from the original on 2001-06-14. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  9. ^ "NPSL Playoffs". National Professional Soccer League. Archived from the original on 2001-05-20. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  10. ^ "NPSL attendance". Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.