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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

Canada Against Finland, Game 1 of the 1951 World Amateur Hockey Championships - Part 23

It was a long wait for game 1 against Finland.  The Maple Leafs had drawn the 4th and last game time of the day making for a 10:00 pm start.  However, their spirits were buoyed by a flood of telegrams from home wishing them good luck.

10,000 fans were on hand for the game.The national anthems were played and the game started.    By the time they started their game the ice was in bad condition. Karl Sorokoski started in net for the Leafs and had a great game. Billy Gibson scored the first goal of the championships for the Maple Leafs.The Finnish team had a good young team.  The Maple Leaf`s new Ontario line played surprisingly well given they had not skated for 8 days. The Maple Leafs  dominated the game and  outworked and outplayed the Finns rolling  to a convincing 11 - 1 win.  Gibson had the hat-trick, while Negrello, Flanagan and Obodiac each scored a pair. Roth and Macean had one a peice.

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