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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.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Train Trip, First Stop: Re-Match with the Melville Millionaires; Part 10

The Re-Match with the Melville Millionaires, the Last Game on Canadian Soil: 

After boarding the train the Maple Leafs headed for Melville, Saskatchewan for their final exhibition game in Canada.  The Maple Leafs had beaten the Melville Millionaires in a very close 8 game series to win the Western Canada Championship and the right to represent Canada. This game was billed as a re-match of the 2 best teams and Melville was out to prove they were the best team. 

This time it was not even close.  The Leafs dominated from the opening face-off to go on to a convincing 7 – 1 win.  Sniper Bill Gibson led the way with a hat trick while Mallie Hughes was very strong between the pipes. Player-coach Dick Gray also scored for the Leafs.

The people of Melville treated the Maple Leafs very well with generous applause as each player was introduced. After the game the Board of Trade and team gave them a banquet with speeches wishing them well on the trip.
Lethbridge Herald, Tuesday December 19, 1950

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