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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.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Remembering the 50th Anniversary in 2001: Congratulations from Rene Fasel, IIHF; Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada; Jean Chrétien, Prime Minister of Canada; Hockey Hall of Fame

Lethbridge Maple Leafs 50th Anniversary Celebration
Courtesy Galt Museum and Archives UID 1998101100

There were many letters of congratulations commemorating the 50th anniversary. Letters of Congratulations quoted here and in their entirety  are on the Remembering the 50th Anniversary:  Letters of Congratulations Page, Courtesy Galt Museum and Archives:  Lethbridge Maple Leafs Fonds:  UID  20011015000

What they said:

Your performance was outstanding and the crowd admired your skills.  As President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, I am also very proud to extend my wishes to your magnificent performance, your dedication to the sport we all love and to extend my appreciation for the development of ice hockey where you have contributed so much, so long.        
                         Rene Fasel, President, International Ice Hockey Federation

The 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leafs showed the dedication and passion that has now been the driving force behind all Canadian hockey teams that participate on the international stage. The CHA proudly presents the Lethbridge Maple leafs with a 50th anniversary banner that we hope will be proudly displayed from the rafters of the Enmax centre for all to remember and enjoyed.
                       Bob Nicholson, President Canadian Hockey Association

I am delighted to convey my best wishes to the members of the 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leafs as you celebrate the 50th anniversary…
                       Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien

On behalf of the Hockey Hall of Fame, please accept this letter of congratulations to the 50th Anniversary of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs….In Canada, it is with great pride we preserve our national game and there is nothing better than celebrating victory with friends, family and teammates 50 years later.
                        Philip Pritchard, Hockey Hall of Fame           

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