In March of 1980,Middleton received its first ever Provincial hockey title thanks to the Clare Durland/Garry Armstrong/John Geddes coached Bantam “C” Mustangs. The Mustangs were coming off a very successful season compiling: 20wins, 7losses and 3 ties in League, Tournament, and exhibition play and an impressive third place in the tough six team valley League. Just prior to Provincials the Mustangs captured the First Annual Club Bantam Tournament in Windsor.
Playing in the friendly confines of the Middleton and District Arena the host Mustangs reeled off three successive victories in the four-team round robin. IN their mach to the title the Mustangs drubbed T.A.S.A 9-1, dropped Port Hood 6-3 and edged runner up Wolfville 5-3. Contributing Mustangs were: the three aforementioned coaches Durland, Armstrong and Gedds, the stellar goaltending duo of Mike Durland and Dean Brown, the “Big four” on the blue line of Scott Smith, Greg Cress, Mike Fritz and Darren Wallace and the fleet-footed forwards Chris Tyerman, Chris Dowell, Dave McMillan, Vernon McLeod, Nick Pederson, Andy Smith Jamie Peppard and Darrell Cook. Goalie Mike Durland and Defenseman Scott Smith were named the All Star Team while Tournament leading goal scorer Chris Tyerman (6) was chosen Most Valuable Player.
A Job well done Mustangs with a profit to boot of $848.57 for Minor Hockey!