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Maple Gold drills 50 metres of 1.77 g/t Au and extends new Nika Zones in the NW Gap Area

50m intercept shows excellent continuity with few internal low-grade samples and more than 

twice the width and twice the grade expected as per the previous wireframe interpretation

May 14, 2018 – Montreal (Quebec): Maple Gold Mines Ltd. (“Maple Gold” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: MGM, OTCQB: MGMLF; Frankfurt: M3G) is pleased to report additional drill results from the Nika Zones located in the “NW Gap Area” between the Douay West, Porphyry and NW resource zones. DO-18-218 returned 50m grading 1.77 g/t Au (uncut) from 297m downhole (estimated 200m true vertical depth).

  • The up-dip extension of this mineralized zone remains open to surface
  • 50m intercept showsexcellent continuity with few internal low-grade samples and more than
    twice the width and twice the grade expected as per the previous wireframe interpretation
  • This wireframewas not included in the Micon 2018 pit-constrained resource estimate due to insufficient drill density, therefore representing potential additions to the existing resource base

Maple Gold’s President and CEO, Matthew Hornor, stated:“We are very pleased with the early returns from the 2018 drill campaign. Defining the new Nika Zones and the additional success we’ve had in the NW Gap Area has the potential to add significantly to our resource base and brings us a step closer to connecting some of the zones in this large intrusive related gold system.”
Table 1. Assay Highlights for DO-18-218


Hole

Easting

Northing

Azimuth

Plunge

From

To

Interval

Au ppm

DO-18-218

705200

5491498

360

-45

162.0

176.0

14.0

0.35

DO-18-218

 

 

201.0

222.5

21.5

0.54

DO-18-218

 

 

290.1

292.0

1.9

0.80

DO-18-218

 

 

297.0

347.0

50.0

1.77

Including

 

 

298.0

324.0

26.0

1.40

Including

 

 

342.8

347.0

4.2

8.92

DO-18-218

 

 

357.3

366.1

8.8

0.44

Including

 

 

364.0

366.1

2.1

1.05

DO-18-218

 

 

391.0

403.0

12.0

0.31

DO-18-218*

 

 

409.8

423.0

13.2

0.86

including

 

 

415.0

419.5

4.4

1.24

DO-18-218*

 

 

 

 

453.0

454.0

1.0

1.67

*Reported April 23, 2018. Intervals given are all down-the hole lengths, which are estimated to be approximately 90% of true width. Coordinates are NAD83 Zone 17N. All assays were performed by ALS Laboratories by AU-ICP21, i.e. 30 g fire assay with ICP finish with over limits (>10 g/t Au) done by AU-GRA21, i.e. gravimetric analysis of 30g sample weight.
In addition to DO-18-218, Maple Gold received results for DO-18-214, which intersected 9.5m of 1.01 g/t Au in the NW Zone; this intercept is not part of an existing wireframe and therefore also represents a new zone. A complete table (Table 2) summarizing all drill results received to-date from the drilling in the NW Zone, Gap Area and Nika Zones is appended to this press release.
Figure 1: DO-18-218 on section 705200E
The configuration of the new DO-18-218 intercepts reported here, as well as those reported previously for holes DO-18-217 and -218 (see press release of April 23, 2018), is consistent with a series of subparallel mineralized zones with an overall NW-SE trend, consistent with our evolving deposit-scale structural model which includes two controlling fault sets within the Resource Area: the East/West Casa Berardi fault set, and the NW/SE Douay fault set.
This mineralized zone is projected from the bottom of historical drill-hole DO-13-131, collared 100m further east; that drill-hole cut 12m of 0.65 g/t Au. The down-dip continuity of DO-13-131 intersection was tested in hole DO-18-241 (assays pending). Figure 2 below highlights the plan view map of drill-hole locations in the NW Gap Area, with the new Nika Zones highlighted.
Figure 2: Drill-hole location map highlighting the new Nika Zones and surrounding NW Gap Area
The significant thickening of the mineralized zone in DO-18-217 (see press release April 23, 2018) appears to have formed at the intersection of East/West and NW/SE structures. The new interpretation also allows integration of other high grade intercepts into more continuous zones. For example, DO-11-57 (1.18 g/t over 24m, including3.5 g/t Au over 6m), which generated high grade blocks (>2.5 g/t Au) outside the existing (Micon 2018) pit-constrained resource, likely forms part of a NW-SW mineralized zone, rather than a discontinuous EW zone as per the previous interpretation. The mineralized zones in the NW Gap Area, including the Nika Zones, are outside the limits of the current (Micon 2018) pit-constrained resource (see Figure 2).

The Company continues to be very encouraged with the early returns from the 2018 winter drilling campaign and looks forward to the final drill results from the NW Gap Area. To view drill-core photographs for DO-18-218, see below and visit the Company’s website for additional images.

Drill-core Picture 1: (DO-18-218) strongly fractured pink to red syenite with abundant fine pyrite stringers and disseminations.
Drill-core Picture 2: (DO-18-218) strongly fractured pale pink syenite with network of pyrite and/or fluorite-filled crackles, with sericitic haloes. Core diameters 47mm.

Table 2. Summary of 2018 Drill Results to-date from Nika Zones and NW Gap Area


Hole

Easting

Northing

Azimuth

Plunge

From

To

Interval

Au ppm

DO-18-212

704892

5491799

360

-60

28.7

42.0

13.3

0.43

including

 

 

33.0

34.3

1.3

1.25

including

 

 

37.0

38.0

1.0

1.07

DO-18-212

 

 

125.6

129.0

3.5

0.67

including

 

 

127.1

127.9

0.9

1.15

DO-18-212

 

 

 

 

205.0

209.0

4.0

0.48

DO-18-214

705321

5491889

360

-50

181.0

184.0

3.0

0.86

incl

 

 

181.0

182.0

1.0

1.71

DO-18-214

 

 

424.5

434.0

9.5

1.01

incl

 

 

424.5

428.0

3.5

1.88

incl

 

 

433.0

434.0

1.0

1.50

incl

 

 

441.5

446.4

4.9

0.74

DO-18-214

 

 

 

 

454.9

457.0

2.1

0.42

DO-18-217

705112

5491600

360

-50

147.7

150.0

2.3

1.83

DO-18-217

 

 

165.0

178.0

13.0

0.50

including

 

 

166.0

168.0

2.0

0.87

including

 

 

175.5

178.0

2.6

1.19

DO-18-217

 

 

284.0

388.0

104.0

0.44

including

 

 

286.0

287.0

1.0

1.04

including

 

 

284.0

293.1

9.1

0.47

including

 

 

303.0

333.8

30.8

0.74

including

 

 

309.0

326.0

17.0

1.08

including

 

 

333.0

333.8

0.8

1.64

including

 

 

 

 

356.0

388.0

32.0

0.30

DO-18-218

705200

5491498

360

-45

162.0

176.0

14.0

0.35

DO-18-218

 

 

201.0

222.5

21.5

0.54

DO-18-218

 

 

290.1

292.0

1.9

0.80

DO-18-218

 

 

297.0

347.0

50.0

1.77

Including

 

 

298.0

324.0

26.0

1.40

Including

 

 

342.8

347.0

4.2

8.92

DO-18-218

 

 

357.3

366.1

8.8

0.44

Including

 

 

364.0

366.1

2.1

1.05

DO-18-218

 

 

391.0

403.0

12.0

0.31

DO-18-218

 

 

409.8

423.0

13.2

0.86

including

 

 

415.0

419.5

4.4

1.24

DO-18-218

 

 

 

 

453.0

454.0

1.0

1.67

DO-18-227

704896

5491654

360

-60

 

 

Assays

Pending

DO-18-233

705283

5491808

360

-50

Assays

Pending

DO-18-241

705300

5491370

360

-50

 

 

Assays

Pending

*Intervals given are all down-the hole lengths, which are estimated to be approximately 90% of true width

Qualified Person
The scientific and technical data contained in this press release was reviewed and prepared under the supervision of Fred Speidel, M. Sc, P. Geo., Vice-President Exploration, of Maple Gold. Mr. Speidel is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Speidel has verified the data related to the exploration information disclosed in this news release through his direct participation in the work.
Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC)

Maple Gold implements strict Quality Assurance (“QA”) and Quality Control (“QC”) protocols at Douay covering the planning and placing of drill holes in the field; drilling and retrieving the NQ-sized drill core; drill-hole surveying; core transport to the Douay Camp; core logging by qualified personnel; sampling and bagging of core for analysis; transport of core from site to the analytical laboratory; sample preparation for assaying; and analysis, recording and final statistical vetting of results. For a complete description of protocols, please visit the Company’s QA/QC page on the website at: http://maplegoldmines.com/index.php/en/projects/qa-qc-qp-statement

About Maple Gold

Maple Gold is a well-funded gold exploration company focused on advancing a district-scale gold project in one of the world’s premier mining jurisdictions. The Company’s 370 km² Douay Gold Project is located along the Casa Berardi Deformation Zone within the prolific Abitibi Greenstone Belt in northern Quebec, Canada. The Project has an established gold resource that remains open in multiple directions, with excellent infrastructure and several large scale operating mines within this prolific mining district. Maple Gold is now completing a significant winter drill campaign to expand on the known Resource Areas and test new discovery targets within the Company’s 55 km of strike along the Casa Berardi Deformation Zone. For more information please visit www.maplegoldmines.com.

ON BEHALF OF MAPLE GOLD MINES LTD.

“Matthew Hornor”

B. Matthew Hornor, President & CEO

For Further Information Please Contact:

Mr. Joness Lang
VP, Corporate Development
Office: +1 416.306.8124
Email: jlang@maplegoldmines.com

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Forward Looking Statements:
This news release contains “forward-looking information" and “forward-looking statements” (collectively referred to as “forward-looking statements”) within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation in Canada, including statements about the prospective mineral potential of the Porphyry Zone, the potential for significant mineralization from other drilling in the referenced drill program and the completion of the drill program. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, uncertainties and management’s best estimate of future events. Actual events or results could differ materially from the Company’s expectations and projections. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding timing and completion of the private placement. When used herein, words such as “anticipate”, “will”, “intend” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are based on certain estimates, expectations, analysis and opinions that management believed reasonable at the time they were made or in certain cases, on third party expert opinions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, and uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual events, results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future events, results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a more detailed discussion of such risks and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, refer to Maple Gold Mines Ltd.’s filings with Canadian securities regulators available on www.sedar.com or the Company’s website at www.maplegoldmines.com. The Company does not intend, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to, update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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