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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

The Turning Point and the Beginning of an Incredible 44 Game Unbeaten Streak- Part 17

The turn around game!

On January 13, 1951 the town of Zurich and the Swiss ice Hockey Federation held a banquet for the Leafs as the official welcome to Switzerland. Dignitary speeches, photographs, gifts, a fine dinner and the press made up the evening. Yet for all these wonderful experiences they were denied the one thing they wanted most, a win in there last 3 games. But that would all soon change!

The game in Zurich was again against the Swiss national team.  It was to be played on an outside rink on a warm, beautiful sunny day.  15,000 very enthusiastic fans crowed the rink.  People climbed fir trees to get a view of the game. This time they saw a different Maple Leaf team.  Mallie Hughes was now healthy and back in net.  Captain Hec Negrello was also healthy for the first time in many games. Lethbridge won 3-1.  At the end of the game a rocket was exploded and a Swiss flag floated down on a parachute.  This was a great surprise for the capacity crowd. More importantly for the leafs, they had got that win!

The Maple Leafs and Canada did not realize the significance of the victory but this was to be the turning point for the team and the beginning of an incredible 44 game unbeaten streak!

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