Team photo courtesy: Galt Museum and Archives

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How to Read the Site:

We have tried to capture the story of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs and provide a site to post stories, documents, links and photos of their incredible journey to the Championship.

To read their great story from the beginning, scroll to the bottom of the site to part 1 and work your way up through the 34 parts (You may have to click on “older posts” at the bottom to get to part 1). Each part is in chronological order and describes a part of the journey and many contain photos (We continue to add new photos to these posts as we get them).

After part 34 we are posting current related activities, stories and photos from the Galt Museum & Archives, Lethbridge Hurricanes, City of Lethbridge and private collections, as they become available. If you have a photo or story contribution for the site we would be happy to post it.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Opening Ceromonies: World Amateur Hockey Championships 1951, Part 22

Opening Ceremonies - Teams from the 13 Participating Countries on Paris's Palais Des Sports  Ice,
Canada 4th from the Left Photo Courtesy James Sinclair Collection

The World Championships finally arrived on March 9, 1951. Teams were from 13 countries, including 225 hockey players. The goaltender from each team carried their country flag and led their team's  procession. The team followed the goalie in rows of 3. Goalie Mallie Hughes led the Canadians onto the ice. The nations entered the arena in alphabetical order and someone yelled to Mallie, " Hold our flag high Mallie, it's a pretty good flag".

Austrian, Belgiun, Canadian, United Staes, Finland, Great Britain, Holland, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Swiss, Yogoslavian and the hosts from France all skated around the ice in front of a battery of cameraman, newsreel cameras and TV cameras.  After lining up in order La Marsellaise was played and the head of European hockey, Dr. Kraantz welcomed the countries. Oboiac wrote:  "it was an inspiring sight...the moment was great for Dick Gray. Maple Leafs had come a long way". p. 117, 118
The Lethbridge Maple Leafs were Canadas team!

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