Champions of the International B Class division at the 37th Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament (1996), the L. Roberts Enterprises Pee Wee AA Barons became the first Alberta team ever to win a divisional championship at this prestigious event.
Many National Hockey League players have participated in the tournament, which attracts up to 125 teams annually and is open to players aged 11-13, including greats Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Guy Lafleur.
The Barons went undefeated beating teams from the USA and Europe to reach the championship game. They trailed 3-1 heading into the third period against the Quebec champions from Papineau but tied it up at 3-3 on a pair of goals by Drew Campbell in an 11-second span. Mark Nolan netted the go ahead goal before Papineau found the back of the net to make it 4-4.
Assistant captain Scottie Upshall took a pass from Mike Mellon to score the winner 5-4. The Barons were also awarded Jean Beliveau Trophy as the best Canadian team in the international division. Team members were: Drew Campbell, T.J. Campbell, Rick Deobald, Dustin Doucet, Patrick Dupuis, Bruce Gillis, Andrew Gniazdowsky, Andrew Hoffman, Curtis Johnston, Robert Law, Michael Mellon, Trevor Mortson, Mark Nolan, George Power, Beckie Sager, Dustin Sheaves, Scottie Upshall and Justin White.
Barons were coached by Guy Boutilier and Mark Stiles with assistant coaches Andrew Boutilier and Monte Dewey. Bob Campbell served as manager. Of the team Guy Boutilier said: “I think it made Fort McMurray proud and we were just really proud and honoured to go and represent Fort McMurray.
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