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.
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|1953-54||MJHL||36||13||22||1||125||178||27||3rd||Lost Semi Final|
|1954-55||Gord Stratton||Most Points (tied)||76|
|Art Stratton||Most Points (tied)||76|
Award Winners, League Leaders, & All-StarsEdit
|Bill MacKenzie||Art Stratton|