In the spring of 1959 the City of Belleville went crazy as their hometown hockey team returned as World Cup Champions.The team was the Belleville McFarlands, a team of seasoned pros, promising rookies and local farm boys who won the championship after a grueling series against the best teams in the world held in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In the previous year, the Macs won the Allan Cup in Kelowna, British Columbia.
The team's captain was Floyd Crawford. Ike Hildebrand was the playing coach, and the team was managed by Billy Reay. Jean Paul Lamirande won the award as the best defenseman at the World Championship. Thousands of area residents lined the main streets of Belleville to gain a glimpse of the team members as the victory parade passed by. McFarland mania made this one of the greatest moments in Belleville's sports history.
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