THUNDER BAY, ON - November 19, 2009 – This past season the Thunder Bay Chill reached a mile stone in completing their tenth consecutive year in the Premier Development League (PDL), and as such is being honoured as a 10+Clubs during the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Hall of Fame ceremony at the USL Annual General Meeting this upcoming weekend in Tampa Florida. This honour is awarded to teams by the PDL as an indication of the club’s strong successful foundation in the early stages of existence.
Over the ten years the Chill has built a successful club infrastructure that has laid the ground work for the club to be recognized as PDL Organization of the Year in 2002, three consecutive trips to the playoffs starting in 2007, and two Heartland Division Championships in 2007 and 2008. However, the crowning achievement of the Chill’s ten years is being the first team from Canada to win the PDL National Championship in 2008, coming out on top in a 68 team league. By holding their place in the PDL's Heartland division for such a lengthy time, the club has helped to raise the profile of soccer in Northwestern Ontario, and has seen their youth program grow immensely in the past decade.
The Chill is well known throughout the league for having their first team players give back to the community by coaching in the youth program. This model has helped to influence club structure in other teams around the league, and will boost the level of local talent in the PDL in years to come.
The 2010 PDL schedule will be released in the New Year, and the Chill will continue to look to the great fans in Northwestern Ontario for their support as the club embarks on its next ten years.