The Winnipeg Barons were a Canadian Junior A hockey team from Winnipeg, Manitoba. They were members of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for 5 seasons. They were formerly the Winnipeg Black Hawks.

In 52, the Winnipeg Rangers Athletic Club changed affiliation from the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League to the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League, becoming the Winnipeg Barons. Hockey legend Eddie Shore purchased the team in 55, affiliating the team with his Springfield Indians, also of the American Hockey League. And in 56, Jack Perrin purchased the team from Shore, affiliating the team with his Winnipeg Warriors of the Western Hockey League. In 57, the team was renamed the Winnipeg Olympics.

The team did expect to play the 57-58 season, hired a new coach, even held training camp. Originally the Olympics, along with the Monarchs were to play out of the Olympic Rink, and the Braves and Rangers in the Winnipeg Arena. Leaving the St. Boniface Canadiens homeless. Then the Montreal Canadiens flexed their might and helped negotiate a deal which had Perrin purchase the junior Canadiens. Then the Olympics were out and the Canadiens in. Perrin was dealing with interests in Brandon to relocate, maybe sell the Olympics, when the Winnipeg Arena decided it only had time for one junior team. Then both the Rangers and Olympics were looking to relocate to Brandon. Brandon chose the Rangers, forcing the Olympics to fold. Team colors were black with white trim. They played at the Amphitheatre for 3 seasons, then at the Olympic Rink for 2.

Season-by-Season Records[edit | edit source]

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Season League GP W L T GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1952-53 MJHL 36 8 27 1 111 192 17 4th DNQ
1953-54 MJHL 36 13 22 1 125 178 27 3rd Lost Semi Final
1954-55 MJHL 32 19 13 0 178 171 38 2nd Lost Final
1955-56 MJHL 23 2 20 1 94 200 5 3rd DNQ
1956-57 MJHL 30 5 22 3 127 208 13 4th DNQ

League Records[edit | edit source]

Season Player Category Amount
1954-55 Gord Stratton Most Points (tied) 76
Most Assists 37
Art Stratton Most Points (tied) 76
Most Goals 50

Award Winners, League Leaders, & All-Stars[edit | edit source]

Season Player Achievement
1952-53 Don Dawson Second All-Star Team
Bill MacKenzie Second All-Star Team Coach
1953-54 Gord Stratton Most Goals
1954-55 Gord Stratton Scoring Champion (tied)
Most Assists
First All-Star Team
Art Stratton Scoring Champion (tied)
Most Goals
First All-Star Team
Gary Bird Second All-Star Team

NHL Alumni[edit | edit source]

Bill MacKenzie Art Stratton
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