1996-97 Thunder Bay Thunder Cats Roster

Colonial Hockey League (COHL)
Team Record: 43-23 (SO: 0-8) - 94 points
in the COHL's West Division
Lost in 2nd Round
Coach: Tom Warden (43-23, 8 OTL)
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Attendance: 81,030, Avg. 2,190 in 37 home dates
1996-97 Thunder Bay Thunder Cats Statistics

The Thunder Bay Thunder Cats of the Colonial Hockey League ended the 1996-97 season with a record of 43 wins and 23 losses, with a 0-8 showing in shootouts for 94 points in the COHL's West Division.

The Thunder Cats scored 333 goals and yielded 266. Brant Blackned netted 49 goals for Thunder Bay, while Barry McKinlay, Jason Firth and Forbes MacPherson each tallied 30 or more as well. Jason Firth contributed 83 assists. Bob Bell topped the squad with 22 wins, plus J.F. Rivard added 15 or more wins, too. J.F. Rivard recorded a 3.3 goals against average, leading goaltenders with enough qualifying appearances. Tom Warden coached the team. The 1996-97 Thunder Bay Thunder Cats lost in the in 2nd Round of the playoffs.

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Player Pos. Birth Date Height Weight S/C Hometown
David AndreCJuly 28, 19725'9"185ROttawa, ONT Canada
Mel AngelstadLOctober 31, 19726'2"214LSaskatoon, SK Canada
Bob BellGMay 28, 19715'10"185LVancouver, BC Canada
Mark BellFFebruary 3, 19755'11"195New Westminster, BC Canada
Brant BlacknedLWApril 4, 19746'0"220LWeminji, QC Canada
Nicolas CantinLOctober 26, 19725'10"180LSte. Foy, QUE Canada
Jason DisherDMay 28, 19756'3"209LBells River, ON Canada
Robert DuBoisLWMarch 19, 19766'0"220RChemlsford, ON Canada
Mike FigliomeniLWMay 3, 19725'5"154LThunder Bay, ON Canada
Jason FirthCMarch 29, 19715'11"185LDartmouth, NS Canada
Pat HanleyDNovember 14, 19716'1"196LTerrace Bay, ON Canada
Peter HelesicRWNovember 8, 19666'3"209LGraz, AUT
Kevin HollidayDMay 6, 19756'2"225LRed Lake, ON Canada
Mike KoiranenLWApril 7, 19745'10"185LThunder Bay, ON Canada
Derek LandmesserDJanuary 27, 19756'1"200R
Forbes MacPhersonCJune 5, 19725'10"179LCharlottetown, PE Canada
Jason MallonRWOctober 1, 19705'10"187RThunder Bay, ON Canada
Barry McKinlayDAugust 8, 19676'3"192REdmonton, AB Canada
Craig MittleholtLWJuly 24, 19746'2"190ROttawa, ON Canada
Normand PaquetCJuly 5, 19735'10"201LBeauport, QC CAN
David PaxtonDJune 6, 19716'1"201LThunder Bay, ON Canada
Neal PurdonRWFebruary 1, 19705'10"174LThunder Bay, ON Canada
Bruce RamsayLWMay 13, 19696'0"179LDryden, ON Canada
Scott ReillyDSeptember 23, 19715'11"185Scituate, MA USA
J.F. RivardROctober 2, 19725'9"175RLoretteville, QUE Canada
Ray SkinnerC
Wayne StrachanRWDecember 12, 19725'9"185RFort Frances, ON Canada
Brad ToporowskiDJune 30, 19736'1"214LPaddockwood, SK Canada

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