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Letter to the Editor: Let's fill up the stands for the North Stars

North Stars start their playoff run next weekend against English River.
Jake Robinson
Jake Robinson potted a pair for the Thunder Bay North Stars on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 against the Fort Frances Lakers at Fort William Gardens (Leith Dunick,

To the editor:

The Thunder Bay North Stars begin their playoff run on Saturday, April 1 at and Sunday, April 2 at Fort William Gardens. Both games are set for a 7:30 pm start.

The North Stars who finished second in the regular season will be facing the third place English River Miners in a best of seven series. The North Stars will have their hands full as the Miners have proven to be very tough opponent this year with a winning record against the Stars in regular season play.

It would be nice to see more fans at these games cheering on the local team. The Miners will certainly have their contingent of fans who make the trip up to Thunder Bay.

A big boisterous crowd can sometimes act as a sixth attacker. I can think of an instance at the Fort William Gardens in 1985 where the crowd helped the Thunder Bay Twins in their seventh game against the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Allan Cup Finals. The Twins were trailing in the series three games to one and made a thrilling comeback with more and more fans at each game as they began their comeback. The seventh game on a Friday night in April saw the Fort William Gardens sold out.

The fans that were there acted as the extra weapon that propelled the Twins to a 5-4 victory and a berth in the Allan Cup final in Cornerbrook, N.L. The Twins eventually won in Game 7 after trailing three games to none in one of the biggest comebacks in Allan Cup history.

Rick Adduono, who played for the Twins back then on a line with former NHLer Danny Gruen is the uncle of the current Thunder Bay North Star's coach Jeremy Adduono. I am sure Jeremy and his team would like to have the same support his uncle did.

There are 3,200 seats at the Fort William Gardens. Will you be there sitting in one of them?

David Joynson, Paul Wehrstedt, Ray Smith Scott McCormick, Murray McCormick,
Thunder Bay