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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.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lethbridge Maple Leafs: New Recruits Arrive, Part 21

Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Dutchman Line:  Flick, Roth, Flannigan
Photo Coutesy James Sinclair Collection
Unfortunately Lethbridge Maple Leafs, Jack Sumner, Ken Branch, and Rod MacGregor were going home.  They had not been playing much and space was needed for new recruits who were being sent over as "insurance" just in case they were needed. They left for Canada on February 13. In Paris the Leafs received letters of support from Sumners and Branch.

The new recruits turned out to be one of the best lines in the Ontario Hockey Association from the Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Dutchman.  They were the top scoring line in the Ontario Hockey Association major series but the Flying Dutchman failed to advance making the line available. The Ontario Line  was supposed to arrive in time to play in the last game before Paris, in England.  Their airplane had trouble in Gander, Newfoundland.  They were delayed 9 hours and missed the game.

On March 8 the line of Flanagan, Flick and Roth arrived. Denny Flanagan was a top player and was supposed to report to the Boston Bruins for a 3-game tryout which was delayed due to his participation with the Leafs.  The city of Kitchener gave them leather cases for the trip. All 3 were from Stratford, Ontario.

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