WORLD CHAMPS

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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).

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Final Leg of the Tour: Belgium, Holland, Sweden, and England, Part 20




Maple Leafs pose in native Dutch costume
Taken from Obodiac's No Substitute for Victory
p. 99
   
The Leafs had lopsided wins in Belgium against a team bolstered by 4 Canadians in a small rink – about 160 feet long. They  won 13-2. Then the game in Brussels was in a rink 50 by 160. The rink was so small the Leafs didnt play with a full team -Gibson, Negrello and MaClean got the day off and they won 21 -1. Milroy said, "I learnt my hockey on a bigger rink in my back yard" ( p.95)

The Leafs then left for Holland on February 19 and got a well needed rest. They only had  1 game in 3 days. They toured the country and saw the tourist spots. The Leafs had to give the Dutch the "pony line" and goalie Mallie Hughes for the game .For Mallie they found a pair of Turk Brodas pads that he left in Holland when he had been there in the war. The Leafs won 11-2.

Then they went to Sweden where before the game the crowd all stood and gave the Canadians 3 cheers. The Leafs won 2-1. After the game many youth swarmed them for autographs which led Obodiac to predict that judging from the enthusiasm from the youth for the game " Sweden would be a great hockey competitor in the future". They won the next 2 games by the same score:  10-2;  this was followed by a 7-2 win. They won 2 more games in Sweden in the early days of March.

Obodiac wrote, "our team is at a peak now fore we have beaten very strong teams by a large score. It is hoped we do not lose this edge of keeness for Paris. We feel our touring is over now, we have beaten every team inEurope; we have played 40 games."

The last game before Paris back in England:



The last game before Paris was in London on March 7. The London game was very important. When they Leafs first started their tour they lost all 3 games in England. The English started the game strong and led 2 -0 after the first period. However, the Leafs poured it on and ended with an 8 -3 convincing victory. The game was televised on the BBC. They had now gone 34 games without a loss.

The European tour was over - they were ready for Paris!

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