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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

A National Disaster and the Low Point- Game 1 on the Continent- Part 15

The Maple Leafs flew to the continent for games in France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, and Sweden.

The first game was a major test in Switzerland against the Swiss All-star team. There was a huge crowd of 16,000 gathered at the outdoor artificial ice rink. The crowd was packed in and extended up the embankment. A dozen photographers were taking pictures during the anthems. The Swiss were wearing red sweaters with the red cross of Switzerland over their hearts.  Each captain exchanged flowers and then each team gave the other a round of "three cheers".  The game was close going into the third period tied at 2.  The Swiss were effectively playing their style of lateral passing. There was fast skating a little body contact. With Negrello`s injury slowing him down, the Swiss scored 4 goals to defeat the Maple Leafs 6 – 2 in front of a jubilant crowd. The newspapers the next morning commented, more than any other aspect of the game, on how sportsmanlike the Leafs were in the loss.

Stan Obabiac wrote that the Swiss said it was the finest hockey game they had ever seen.  The Leafs felt humiliated and disgraced at the defeat, being soundly beaten at Canada’s game.  It felt like a national disaster(p. 41). Their record was now 3 wins and 5 losses.

This was the low point for the Lethbridge Maple Leafs on their journey to the Championship.
They then got on the train to Zurich.

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