Halifax Thunderbirds
Halifax Thunderbirds logo.png
SportLacrosse
Founded2019
LeagueNational Lacrosse League
DivisionEast
Based inHalifax, Nova Scotia
ArenaScotiabank Centre
ColoursPurple, orange, white, black
       
OwnerCurt Styres
Head coachMike Accursi
Division titles(1) 2020
WebsiteOfficial Site

The Halifax Thunderbirds are a professional box lacrosse team in the North Division of the National Lacrosse League (NLL). They play at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

History

On September 13, 2018, the NLL approved a franchise relocation to the city of Halifax. [1] Curt Styres, the previous owner of the NLL's Rochester Knighthawks, moved the Knighthawks' franchise to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Knighthawks intellectual property (name and logo) was sold to Pegula Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Buffalo Bandits, who will operate a new expansion franchise from the 2019–2020 season under the Knighthawks moniker.[2][3] While located in Rochester the franchise won 5 championships.

The Halifax Thunderbirds made their league debut on December 7, 2019, defeating the New York Riptide 12–4 in front of a crowd of 6,847 at the Scotiabank Centre.[4]

Current roster

2021–2022 Halifax Thunderbirds Roster - Website: https://www.halifaxthunderbirds.com/team

Goaltenders

Defenseman

Transition

Forward

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

Athletic Performance Coach

Equipment Manager

Awards and honors

Year Player Award
2020 Graeme Hossack Defensive Player of the Year
John Catalano Executive of the Year

All-time record

Season Division W–L Finish PCT Home Road GF GA Coach Playoffs
2020 North 8-4 1st .667 6-1 2-3 139 126 Mike Accursi No Playoffs Held
2022 Eastern 11-7 3rd .611 7-2 4-5 198 195 Mike Accursi Lost East Division Quarterfinals
Total 2 Seasons 19-11 .633 13-3 6-8 337 321
Playoff Totals 1 Appearance 0-1 .000 0-0 0-1 13 14 0 Championships

Playoff results

Season Game Visiting Home
2022 East Division Quarterfinals Halifax 13 Toronto 14

Draft history

NLL Entry Draft

First Round Selections

References

  1. ^ "National Lacrosse League Awards Halifax Franchise". Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Pegulas confirm they will take over the Knighthawks wivb.com
  3. ^ "National Lacrosse League relocates Rochester Knighthawks to Halifax". Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "NLL: Halifax Thunderbirds Kick Off New Era With Win in Front of 6,847 Home Fans". Retrieved January 30, 2020.