These mighty Mustangs won their first Provincial Championship on the road in Springhill and the following Spring repeated at home in Middleton. Thirteen of the fourteen young players, aged 9, 10 and 11, were double champions as were three members of the coaching staff and all the parents who played such an integral part in the team’s success.
Left Inset: Brett Taylor Right Inset: Jamie Thompson Front (L-R): Mike Adams, Scott Thibeault, Joey Robicheau, Peter Craswell, Jason Hoffman Middle (L-R): Jimmy Johnson, David Wagner, Nicky Melanson, Jamie Annis, Clinton Lewis, Mark Findlay, Josh DenHaan Back (L-R): Robert MacFadyen (Trainer), S. Albert Johnson (Coach), Fred Thibeault (Manager)
As first year Atoms the previous year, 1983-84, they showed signs of things to come by winning the Valley Zone Atom “D” title, losing out to Inter-zone to Shelburne, all of whom were one year older and were the eventual Provincial Champs. Over their two championship years, the Mustangs played 92 games posting an impressive 68 wins and 5 ties with only 19 losses. In 27 of those 68 wins they held their opponents scoreless. They outscored their opposition 412-164 while making 441 trips to the penalty box. They were also tournament champions in South Colchester (Brookfield), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Kingston) and Lions (Windsor), winning all 12 games and outscoring their opposition 77-7. At Provincials they won all six games and outscored their opponents 35-17.
Later these young men were the nucleus of two Bantam “C” Zone and one Inter-zone championship teams and many went on to star for the MRHS Blues and the Valley AAA Midget Wildcats. As adept at other sports as they were in hockey arenas, they also contributed much to the success of MRHS in sports such as soccer and track. Middleton was certainly enriched by their success.