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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.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Canada is Concerned, Canadian Amateur Hockey Associaiton is Being Harshly Criticized for Sending the Maple Leafs- part 16

After the loss to the Swiss All-Stars the Lethbridge Maple Leafs came under harsh criticism from Canadians for lack of effectiveness.  The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) was often  "violently criticized" for its selection of teams to represent Canada in Europe, including the Lethbridge Maple Leafs . This lead to a statement being issued by George Dudly, secretary/manager of the CAHA. defending the selection of the Maple Leafs. The statement appeared in the Lethbridge Herald on Jan 13, 1951.  It read, " It's easy to talk about sending a stronger team but know one says where that team would come from.  Everyone knows that you can't send a major league team or and outstanding junior team......Very few outstanding players play outside these organizations."

The statement went on to remind the critics that the teams they had played so far were all-star aggregates and the CAHA was confidant that there would be a better result during games on the continent. The statement also said  that responsible hockey people in western Canada were  confidant in a Canadian victory at the championships.

The statement was not an overwhelming show of support of the Maple Leafs as a defence of the CAHA. In fact, plans soon would be underway to send new players to strengthen the team.

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