The Allan Cup is on display here today and tomorrow as the centrepiece of a ceremony Friday night to honour the 50th anniversary of the ’52 Canadians’ championship season.
Eight surviving team members and seven representatives will be on hand to receive replica Canadians’ jerseys and a banner thanks to the Borderland Thunder.
The ceremony will begin around 7:10 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena—20 minutes before the puck drops between the Thunder and Feathermen Hawks.
The Allan Cup is on loan from Powell River, B.C.—the host town for the senior men’s hockey tournament this spring. It is slated to be on display at Mary’s Little Lamb and Mandy’s on Scott Street all day tomorrow.
“We thought it would be a good idea. It’s a wonderful way to honour them,” said Thunder president Shawn Jourdain.
Logos on the jerseys were copied from old photos by former Fort Frances resident Rob Murray, who also spearheaded the production of the banner.
The Fort Frances Times also is printing three commemorative pages taken from the newspaper a half-century ago that will be given out at tomorrow’s ceremony.
Since 1908, hockey teams across the country have been vying for the Allan Cup—emblematic of senior amateur supremacy. The Canadians won four best-of-seven series 50 years ago to claim the town’s only title.
The Thunder had been working on some kind of ceremony to honour the Canadians when their inaugural season began in the fall. Jourdain added Hockey Northwest helped them tentatively book the Allan Cup to be here.
Tomorrow night’s game is the first of the Thunder’s last two regular-season contests, with the finale going Saturday night.
The outcome of this series will determine which team finishes in first place in the Superior International Junior Hockey League.
The Thunder currently sit in second place—one point behind the Hawks.