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Erik Adams, David Breton, Matt Britt, Bryson Busniuk, Paolo Campagnolo, Joseph Gallant, Jeff Heerema, Rob Illson, Adam Levanen, Adam MacNeil, Nick Mallet, Lee Maunu, Jean-Paul Nault, Nathan Saj, Kyle Shaen, Chris Sharp, Colin Shaw, Stephen Silversides, Tyler Williamson.

Rick Bragnalo (Coach), Doug Adams (Ass’t Coach), Cliff O'Brien (Manager), Tom Annelin (Trainer).

Developing into a strong cohesive unit as they made their way through the 1996-97 hockey season, this group of dedicated young players took on the challenge of making a return trip to the national midget finals to win the title that had eluded their club the year before. Claiming the district title in a hard fought series against the Kenora-Rainy River Stars, they advanced to the Western Canadian Midget AAA playdowns where their three straight victories earned them a spot in the regional finals and their 5-4 win over the Tisdale Trojans got them a trip to the national midget championship tournament.

Making their way to the Air Canada Cup in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia they faced off against the top five AAA Midget teams from across the country. Finishing up round-robin play in first place with a 4-1 record, their overtime win against Calgary in the semi-finals saw them become the first team to play in three consecutive Canadian AAA midget finals. Defeating the New Liskeard Cubs 4-1, they claimed the Air Canada Cup, becoming only the second team ever to win a national midget AAA hockey title for Northwestern Ontario.

Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 27th, 2014

Thunder Bay AAA Kings Midget Hockey Team

Team Year:
Canadian Champions - Air Canada Cup
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