Borderland Thunder

The Borderland Thunder have signed seven more players after their final mini-camp here last weekend, bringing their total roster to 19 as the inaugural Superior International Junior Hockey League showcase tournament in Thunder Bay stands just two weeks away.
Thunder head coach Wayne Strachan was pleased how the camp, complete with full game scrimmages, turned out.
“It went well. There were some kids that we invited back from the last camp,” he said of the 25 players that skated at Ice for Kids arena. “That kind of hurt in a way–in the games and the number of guys.
“The games and scrimmages were up-tempo,” he added.
The seven players who signed with the team include; goalie Jason Flatt (Devlin), defenceman David Lloyd (Emo), forward Cole Hayward (Fort Frances), centre Josh Baxter (Atikoken), right wing Ryan Gregnol (Nipigon), and right wing Steven King and defenceman Sean McKie (both of Kenora).
Five more players, goalie Chris Cain (Devlin), forward Dallas Mosbeck (Emo), Tom Rose (Fort Frances), Tyler Barker (Devlin), and defenceman Travis Bernard (International Falls), will join the team for the Thunder Bay tournament.
Strachan said there are some players who have been offered contracts but are still undecided and have until next week to give the team their final answer.
He added while the team is taking shape, he and assistant coaches Shane Bliss and Sean Taggert are always looking for more talent across the region.
“We’ll always be looking to upgrade and bring in the best talent we can,” he remarked. “We want to bring a winning team here. This is the time of year kids get moved and cut from other leagues.”
In related news, the Thunder are currently in negotiations with the Kenora Stars ‘AAA’ midget squad on a possible affiliation with their team during the season.
(The Times had erroneously reported in the Aug. 8. issue that the deal was done and apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused)
Strachan said this working relationship would help the Thunder after Feb. 10, 2002, when they must set a 20-man playoff roster and Kenora would provide players if any injuries would arise.
League play for the Thunder starts Sept. 28 in Thunder Bay.