Our Program

Kam River Fighting Walleye

The Kam River Fighting Walleye organization pride ourselves on offering players a first-class Junior A hockey experience. Our organization provides a wide range of resources that we believe are above and beyond what many other Junior A programs offer. Playing juniors in Kam River is an experience unlike any other in the Superior International Junior Hockey League. Fighting Walleye fans have earned a reputation for being loyal and passionate. The Thunder Bay Tournament Centre (also known as the Pond) has become both the most feared arena for opponents to play in while being the most fun and exhilarating for the home team.

Our Coaches, Organization and Community place a high value on character, commitment, and accountability, while we all work together towards our collective goal of capturing the Bill Salonen Championship trophy.

Below is a summary of the first-class benefits:

  • Professional Coaching and on-ice / off-ice training

 

  • Quality hockey

 

  • Set practice ice times, which will help the athlete organize their study and or work schedule.

 

  • Equipment manager as well as a Certified Trainer

 

  • Quality brand name equipment, including helmet/visor, gloves and pant shells.

 

  • Value, lower fees compared to other Junior A programs

 

  • Home Ice Advantage of 800 to 1400 fans per game; Players play in front of a spirited fan

 

  • Community Involvement - Players will help at youth practices, participate in other community minded initiatives.

 

  • Meals and hotel accommodations while traveling with the Fighting Walleye on the road.
  • Discounts on: gym membership, haircuts, and movie rentals by local businesses for our players from August through the end of the season (As available by sponsors).

 

  • Nutrition/supplies during practices and games, including snacks, fruit, granola bars, Gatorade, tape, wax, laces.

 

  • Free skate sharpening services, as required.

 

  • Scholarship opportunities for student athletes

 

  • Team building and life experiences, such as school visits, and other events, as available.

 

  • Team Jersey Presentation upon retirement as a 21 year old (As jersey availability).

 

  • Opportunity to play at higher levels. The Fighting Walleye will work with players to advance and further their hockey careers. We will work diligently to help prepare and promote them to the next level.

Superior International Junior Hockey League

THE LEAGUE

The Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) is a Junior A ice hockey league under the supervision of the Canadian Junior Hockey League and Hockey Canada. Winners of the SIJHL playoffs compete for the Dudley Hewitt Cup against the winners of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The winner of the Dudley Hewitt Cup then moves on to compete for the Royal Bank Cup.

Thunder Bay, Ontario

THE CITY

The City of Thunder Bay, population 107,909; and the second most populous in Northern Ontario after Greater Sudbury.

European settlement in the region began in the late 17th century with a French fur trading outpost on the banks of the Kaministiquia River (Kam River). It grew into an important transportation hub with its port forming an important link in the shipping of grain and other products from western Canada, through the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the east coast. Forestry and manufacturing played important roles in the city's economy. They have declined in recent years, but have been replaced by a "knowledge economy" based on medical research and education. Thunder Bay is the site of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute.

The city takes its name from the immense Thunder Bay at the head of Lake Superior, known on 18th century French maps as Baie du Tonnerre (Bay of Thunder). The city is often referred to as the "Lakehead", or "Canadian Lakehead", because of its location at the end of Great Lakes navigation on the Canadian side of the border.

Thunder Bay is home to a number of other elite hockey programs through the Thunder Bay Kings AAA and the Thunder Bay Minor Hockey Association.

Above all, Thunder Bay and the Kam River area love their Fighting Walleye and shows great support with 1200-1400 fans attending home games.