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The Hamilton Thunderbirds, a shining star in the 92-year-old Intercounty Baseball League's galaxy, electrify baseball fans with a slate of matches against teams sourced from all corners of Ontario. The Thunderbirds, led by batting ace Chris Piano, take on the league-leading Barrie Baycats on May 29 and the second-place Brantford Red Sox on June 26, seeking to best their vaunted opponents in fielding, pitching, hitting, and downward-facing-dog poses. TBird Family Day Packs provide nine innings' worth of diversion for two adults and two children at the recently renovated, 2,700-seat Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. While cheering on the diamond's denizens or practicing astral projection, groups can split four ballpark hot dogs and four drinks between them.

1100 Mohawk Road East
Hamilton,
ON
CA

• For $36, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Bronze ticket (a $45 value before fees, or up to a $50.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. (up to a $79.87 total value). • For $41, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Silver ticket (a $55 value before fees, or up to a $60.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. (up to an $89.87 total value). • For $36, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Bronze ticket (a $45 value before fees, or up to a $50.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m. (up to a $79.87 total value). • For $41, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Silver ticket (a $55 value before fees, or up to a $60.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m. (up to an $89.87 total value).

75 Balsam Avenue North
Hamilton,
ON
CA

The American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, the Hamilton Bulldogs came into the AHL as tiny, puck-hungry puppies back in 1996. Over the next decade, the team quickly established itself as a dominant force, reaching the playoffs in eight of its first ten seasons. And it was during that tenth season that the Bulldogs reached maturity and shed their puppy skins, claiming the Calder Cup for the very first time in 2007.

Today, the team plays all of its home games at Copps Coliseum—known as the Dog Pound to diehard fans. The Coliseum is the home of team mascot Bruiser the Bulldog, who leads legions of red-and-blue-clad supporters to support the team with thunderous howls, menacing growls, and puppy-eyed pleas for food from the concession stand.

101 York Boulevard
Hamilton,
ON
CA

Longtime OHL coach Stan Butler is on his way to leading the Brampton Battalion to a tenth consecutive trip to the playoffs. Over the Batallion's relatively short lifespan, 35 players have been drafted to the NHL, with 13 signing on professionally, including Raffi Torres, Wojtek Wolski, and Matt Duchene. The current roster boasts a similar stock of promising talent, including one rising star who is legally allowed to play with two sticks and infinite distraction pucks.

7575 Kennedy Rd
Brampton,
ON
CA

?Nats now Knights, colors green and gold.? That was the headline in the London Free Press on Wednesday, September 18, 1968, when the London Nationals officially became the London Knights. Four decades of highs and lows followed without a championship, but the drought ended in 2005.

That year, instead of celebrating their 40th anniversary by covering the locker room floor in rose pedals, the Knights set a franchise record with 120 points and claimed their first-ever Robertson Cup as champions of the OHL. The accomplishment earned the Knights an appearance in the Memorial Cup tournament, a tournament they were already hosting, from which they emerged as the CHL?s top team. Ever since, the Knights have been an annual force in the league?s Western Conference, and added more hardware to their trophy case with back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.

99 Dundas St
London,
ON
CA

The clap of colliding shoulder pads echoes across the field at TD Waterhouse Stadium, where the London Silverbacks rumble into the 2012 season seeking to win its first North American Football League title since 2007. One of only two Canadian teams in the NAFL—a league that encompasses more than 120 teams across the continent—the Silverbacks field the majority of its roster from London's local players and coaches, a show of pride for Canadian football surpassed only by naming one’s daughter Doug Flutie.

395 Wellington Road
London,
ON
CA