Westfort Hurricanes

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Westfort Hurricanes
City Fort William, Ontario
League Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League
Midwest Junior Hockey League
Can-Am Junior Hockey League
Operated 1940 (1940)-July 6, 1980
Home arena Fort William Gardens
Colours Unknown
Head coach Unknown
Franchise history
1940-1961 Fort William Hurricane-Rangers
1961-1966 Fort William Hurricanes
1966-1972 Westfort Hurricanes
1972-1975 Thunder Bay Westfort Hurricanes
1975-1978 Degagne Hurricanes
1978-1980 Degagne Buccaneers
Previous franchise history
1978 merged with Thunder Bay Beavers and Fort William Canadians

The Westfort Hurricanes were a Canadian Junior ice hockey club from Fort William, Ontario. The Herks were members of the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League and were Abbott Cup finalists once.

History[edit]

In 1972, the Hurricanes broke away from the Thunder Bay Junior A Hockey League to join the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Can-Am Junior Hockey League. A year later, that league became the Midwest Junior Hockey League. The Herks stayed on board for one Midwest Junior season before returning to the TBJHL. The MWJHL later merged and solidified the United States Hockey League.

The Buccaneers folded on July 6, 1980 when the TBAHA left them with no league to play in.

Season-by-season standings[edit]

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA P Results
1940-41 18 5 11 2 - 89 106 12 3rd TBJHL
1941-42 16 15 1 0 - 110 13 30 1st TBJHL
1942-43 10 9 1 0 - 71 31 18 1st TBJHL
1943-45 Did Not Participate
1945-46 8 1 7 0 - 15 52 2 5th TBJHL
1946-47 6 4 1 1 - 31 25 9 2nd TBJHL
1947-48 9 3 5 1 - 39 59 7 3rd TBJHL
1948-49 12 3 8 1 - 52 67 7 3rd TBJHL
1949-50 18 11 7 0 - 109 86 22 2nd TBJHL
1950-51 21 11 10 0 - 100 85 22 3rd TBJHL
1951-52 30 15 14 1 - 140 127 31 3rd TBJHL
1952-53 29 11 18 0 - 129 161 22 3rd TBJHL
1953-54 34 10 23 1 - 114 180 21 4th TBJHL
1954-55 29 8 20 1 - 97 143 17 4th TBJHL
1955-56 33 3 27 3 - 88 167 9 3rd TBJHL
1956-57 30 2 28 0 - 95 241 4 3rd TBJHL
1957-58 22 4 17 1 - 66 126 9 3rd TBJHL
1958-59 24 6 14 4 - 82 128 16 3rd TBJHL
1959-60 20 13 7 0 - 94 76 26 1st TBJHL
1960-61 24 5 15 4 - 77 108 14 3rd TBJHL
1961-62 28 2 24 2 - 77 186 6 3rd TBJHL
1962-63 28 9 17 2 - 92 127 20 3rd TBJHL
1963-64 26 8 12 6 - 87 103 22 3rd TBJHL
1964-65 22 1 19 2 - 93 189 4 4th TBJHL
1965-66 30 3 26 1 - 112 226 7 4th TBJHL
1966-67 29 7 19 3 - 118 172 17 4th TBJHL
1967-68 32 11 19 2 - 134 187 27.5 4th TBJHL
1968-69 36 23 8 5 - 196 129 51 1st TBJHL
1969-70 30 13 14 3 - 156 160 29 2nd TBJHL
1970-71 30 13 14 3 - 133 156 29 2nd TBJHL
1971-72 27 14 11 2 - -- -- 30 2nd TBMJHL
1972-73 31 5 21 5 - 94 178 15 4th CAJHL
1973-74 60 45 14 1 - 430 258 91 2nd MWJHL
1974-75 27 19 4 4 - 164 106 42 1st TBJHL
1975-76 30 19 6 5 - 163 117 43 2nd TBJHL
1976-77 25 14 9 2 - 168 122 30 2nd TBJHL
1977-78 28 20 6 2 - -- -- 42 1st TBJHL
1978-79 25 16 6 3 - -- -- 35 1st TBJHL
1979-80 34 24 10 0 - 216 163 48 1st TBJHL

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1971 Lost Final
Westfort Hurricanes defeated Fort William Canadians 3-games-to-2
Thunder Bay Marrs defeated Westfort Hurricanes 4-games-to-1
  • 1972 Lost Semi-final
Minnesota Jr. Stars defeated Westfort Hurricanes 2-games-to-none
  • 1973 Lost Quarter-final/Canadian TBAHA Semi-final
Thunder Bay Centennials defeated Westfort Hurricanes 4-games-to-2
Thunder Bay Hurricanes defeated Thunder Bay Eagles (TBJHL) 3-games-to-none
Thunder Bay Hurricanes defeated Fort William Canadians (TBJHL) 4-games-to-none JACK ADAMS TROPHY CHAMPIONS
Thunder Bay Hurricanes defeated Wexford Raiders (OPJHL) 4-games-to-3
Smiths Falls Bears (CJHL) defeated Thunder Bay Hurricanes 4-games-to-3
  • 1975 Lost Final
Thunder Bay Hurricanes defeated Thunder Bay Beavers 4-games-to-2
Thunder Bay Eagles defeated Thunder Bay Hurricanes 4-games-to-1
  • 1976 Lost Semi-final
Thunder Bay Beavers defeated Thunder Bay Hurricanes 4-games-to-2
  • 1977 Lost Final
Degagne Hurricanes defeated Thunder Bay Beavers 3-games-to-none and 1 tie
Thunder Bay Eagles defeated Degagne Hurricanes 4-games-to-1
Degagne Hurricanes defeated Thunder Bay Beavers 3-games-to-none
Degagne Hurricanes defeated Atikokan Voyageurs 4-games-to-none TBJHL CHAMPIONS
Guelph Platers (OPJHL) defeated Degagne Hurricanes 4-games-to-none
  • 1979 Lost Final
Thunder Bay North Stars defeated Degagne Buccaneers 4-games-to-1
  • 1980 Lost Final
Thunder Bay North Stars defeated Degagne Buccaneers 4-games-to-none with 1 tie

Championships[edit]

TBJHL Champions:

1942, 1943, 1952, 1960, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974*, 1978

Abbott Cup Finalists:

1970

Dudley Hewitt Cup/Eastern Centennial Cup Semi Final Champion

1974

(*) denotes: Herks played in MWJHL, rejoined TBJHL for playoffs.

Notable alumni[edit]

Fort William Hurricane-Rangers [1]

Fort William Hurricanes [2]

Westfort Hurricanes [3]

Thunder Bay Westfort Hurricanes [4]

References[edit]