If there is a bucket list item in Canadian university athletics, a trip to Thunder Bay to take in the Lakehead Thunderwolves might just be it. A totally unique experience, visiting fans will get a full Northern Ontario experience in the best university hockey atmosphere in the country. Sure the Thunderwolves benefit from being the only game in town, but it can’t be a coincidence that other leagues are a little shy to attempt to take up residence at the Fort William Gardens and compete with the Thunderwolves.
The return of OHL hockey to North Bay was most definitely a welcomed one. The Battalion have brought top notch hockey back and even the Battalion name and military motif make a whole lot more sense than they did in Brampton. Hopefully, the Battalion will continue to have a long and prosperous tenure in North Bay, an experience that fans who are in the north, should definitely check out.
It is amazing how far North Bay has come since the departure of the Centennials. It was the community of North Bay rallying around the Nipissing Lakers that brought the city to where it is today. Nipissing Lakers hockey remains a great experience for OUA hockey and fans heading to the Gateway of the North should check out the Lake Effect.
A great use of an evening in Toronto is hitting the time warp that is Varsity Arena. The Toronto Varsity Blues provide a truly historical venue and the opportunity to check out some great hockey. It is well worth it to check out this legendary team in their legendary venue.
Ryerson Rams basketball offers sports fans the opportunity to see a great sports property and a significantly low price in a truly iconic venue. Even Leafs fans who are not into OUA sports need to take the pilgrimage to the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens to see how well Ryerson has done in preserving this heritage site. Coca-Cola Court screams, go for the Gardens, stay for the Rams.