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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.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"The Handshake" A Great Hockey Moment Across the Generations: Mitch Maxwell and Nap Milroy

Stan Maxwell's grandson Mitch Maxwell of the Lethbridge Hurricanes
shakes the hand of world champion Nap Milroy of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs 
 We witnessed a great hockey moment that spanned generations! It happened  during the Lethbridge Hurricane media event introducing the 1951  Lethbridge Maple Leaf replica jersey.

One of the Lethbridge Hurricanes wearing the replica Lethbridge Maple Leaf jersey was Mitch Maxwell  the grandson of former Lethbridge Maple Leaf Stan Maxwell.  Stan played for the Lethbridge Maple Leafs in 1950 and went on to have a pro hockey career.  Nap Milroy played for the Lethbridge Maple Leafs on the 1951 world championship team and knew Stan.  Mitch was introduced as Stan Maxwell's grandson and Nap replied,  "Oh yes, Maxy"!
"The handshake" was a great hockey moment that symbolized the enduring ability of hockey to develop and bond communities across the generations.

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