Facts about the Flin Flon Bombers

Did you know the following facts about the Flin Flon Bombers?

• The Flin Flon Bombers were founded in 1927, six years before Flin Flon was incorporated as a town. The Bombers’ name is known throughout Canada and beyond.

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• A Flin Flon miner named Joe Pieper is credited with coining the Bombers’ name. The team was initially known simply as Flin Flon before taking on other names, such as Kopper Kings. In 1936, a decision was made to find a name and logo for the club. Canadian Industries Ltd. designed the now-famous exploding “B.”

• The legendary 1957 Memorial Cup champion Bombers team was made up mostly of local players. The final series went to seven games, with Flin Flon winning the last game 3-2.

• Seven Bombers have had their numbers retired: Gerry Hart (4), Mel Pearson (7), Reggie Leach (9), Ted Hampson (10), Pat (Patty) Ginnell (11), Bobby Clarke (11) and Dale Fox (12).

• The Bombers have played in several different leagues over the years, including the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League, Canadian Major Junior Hockey League, Western Canada Hockey League and NorMan Junior Hockey League, among others.

• Flin Flon native and former Bomber Ken Baumgartner is believed to hold the NHL record for most games played in a season while collecting only one point. In 1997-98, the tough guy, playing for the Boston Bruins, had no goals and one assist in all 82 games. He followed that up with no points in six playoff games.

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