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.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Billy Gibson: Two Time World Champion

Photo Courtesy James Sinclair Collection
William “Billy” Gibson was a key member of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs as they won the 1951 World Amateur Hockey Championships in Paris, France and the Churchill Cup in England. His great play earned him an opportunity to play with the Edmonton Mercurys at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway where he helped Canada win the gold medal. He was the top scorer, with fifteen goals in eight games, helping Canada win its last Olympic gold medal in hockey for five decades. As a member of his Olympic team, he was inducted into the Alberta Sport Hall of Fame Museum in 1968 received a personal induction into the Lethbridge Hall of Fame.

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