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MONTREAL, Quebec, May 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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).

Figure 1
  Figure 1: DO-18-218 on section 705200E


Figure 2
  Figure 2: Drill-hole location map highlighting the new Nika Zones and surrounding NW Gap Area


Drill-core Picture 1
  Drill-core Picture 1: (DO-18-218) strongly fractured pink to red syenite with abundant fine pyrite stringers and disseminations.


Drill-core Picture 2
  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.


  • - The up-dip extension of this mineralized zone remains open to surface
  • - 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
  • - This wireframe was 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.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/57ca71a5-6ce0-428c-a1bd-838385e67d29

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.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/e161a844-9b62-493f-832d-b2c3aac1d420

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 24mincluding 3.5 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.   

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/0c6e76b4-ce0f-45ec-b504-f897d6a72130

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.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://resource.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/ce117608-02ab-447f-b828-159ccc8e6b31

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

NEITHER THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE NOR ITS REGULATION SERVICES PROVIDER (AS THAT TERM IS DEFINED IN THE POLICIES OF THE TSX VENTURE EXCHANGE) ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADEQUACY OR ACCURACY OF THIS PRESS RELEASE.

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.

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