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Thunder Bay Twins
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City Thunder Bay, Ontario
League Hockey Northwestern Ontario
Founded 2003 (2003)
Home arena Fort William Gardens
Colors Green, Yellow, and White
General manager JP Heino
Head coach Dave Olenik
Franchise history
2003-2004 Thunder Bay Twins
2004-2007 Thunder Bay Bombers
2007-2008 Thunder Bay Hawks
2008-Present Thunder Bay Twins

The Thunder Bay Twins are a Canadian Senior ice hockey team from Thunder Bay, Ontario. They play an independent schedule under the supervision of Hockey Northwestern Ontario. They are one-time Allan Cup Canadian National Champions.

The Twins were founded in 2003. A year later they changed their name to the Bombers.

In 2005, after shocking Major League Hockey's Aylmer Blues 2-games-to-none to win the Ontario seed and Renwick Cup, the Bombers went out to Lloydminster and captured the 2005 Allan Cup. This marked the first Allan Cup championship by an Ontario team since 1989 by the original Thunder Bay Twins.

The Bombers spent much of the 2005-06 season touring Europe as representatives of Hockey Canada, only to get quickly ejected from the playoffs by the Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League's Whitby Dunlops. Losing a lot of money from the European trip, the teams suspended operations for the 2006-07 season. Opening the door for a new regional team to take their playoff spot, the Kenora Thistles.

In 2007-08, the team reemerged as the Thunder Bay Hawks. They dispatched the Thistles in the region final 2-games-to-none, but then fell to the MLH's Dundas Real McCoys in the Renwick Cup.

In the summer of 2008, the team rebranded itself as the Thunder Bay Twins. The Twins entered the 2008-09 playoffs against the Kenora Thistles with only a best-of-3 series standing between them and berth in the 2009 Allan Cup. The Thistles drew first blood, winning Game 1 5-4 in double-overtime. Game 2 went the Twins way with an easy 7-2 victory. Game 3 was a battle for the ages, as the Thistles dominated early and led 3-2 at the start of the third period. The Twins tied up the game late and forced overtime. In the second overtime period, the Twins scored to take the game and the series. As there will be no Renwick Cup series against Major League Hockey this year, the Twins will at the 2009 Allan Cup, their first appearance since winning the 2005 Allan Cup.

In March of 2010, the Twins competed for the HNO Gary Cook Cup senior hockey championship in Kenora, Ontario. The Twins blew a 5-0 lead to tie game one 5-5 against the upstart Fort Frances Thunderhawks, a result they would later protest and would be turned into a Twins victory. In the second game, the Twins were beat soundly by their rival Kenora Thistles 5-1. Due to the protest by the Twins, Fort Frances was eliminated from the tournament and the Twins moved on to the finals. The Thistles beat the Twins again, 3-1, to win the Gary Cook Cup.

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