Team photo courtesy: Galt Museum and Archives

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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

Lethbridge Maple Leafs Leave:Tears and Cheers, “Good-Bye Honey”: Journey Part 9

A smaller than expected crowd of 250 were on hand at the Lethbridge CPR station to send-off the Lethbridge Maple Leafs.  The enthusiastic crowd watched as the clubs “special train car” was hooked on to the east-bound train and the players boarded.
There were many “tears and cheers” as parents, wives and children, and “rabid” Leaf fans gathered about a hour before the departure. Syd Walls, the veteran time-keeper of the Lethbridge arena, led the crowd in “three- cheers” for the Maple Leafs send-off. Player-coach Dick gray told the crowd, “We’ve got a good club, a good bunch of fellows and providing we don’t run into a bunch of injuries or a lot of sickness, we’ll win!”

The “boys and fans ‘wise-cracked’ back and forth” until the train left at 5 minutes to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday December 17, 1950. They were on their way on a trip that would take almost 4 months, over 6,000 miles, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe and the World Championships.

Lethbridge Herald, Monday December 18, 1950

Lethbridge Train Station 1950, Photo Coutesey: Galt Museum
and Archives UID 19752909014

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