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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, October 24, 2010

"Cinderella Club of All Time" and References for the Journey to the Championship Series

The Lethbridge Maple Leafs were called the " Cinderella Club of All Time" in the Lethbridge Herald on December 22, 1950, even before they won the gold medal at the 1951 World Championship in Paris, France, becoming World Amateur Hockey Champions.  The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association selected the Lethbridge Maple Leafs to represent Canada after they had won the Western Canadian Championship in 1950. Prior totheir world championship win they completed an extensive European tour.  They posted a very impressive record of 51 wins, 4 ties and 7 loses.  They also won the Sir Winston Churchill Cup Competition.

Stan Obodiac wrote:

The Tour Begins:

This is undoubtedly the Cinderella hockey club of all time.
Imagine,….Here we are representing the Dominion of Canada and on our way to the world hockey championships in Paris.  And just last year the hockey players themselves organized this club chiefly for exercise, and to play in the Lethbridge district! They sharpened their own skates, used their own equipment, and practised at hours that only night watchman new… page 9.

References for the Journey to the Championship Series

Obodia, Stan ( 1952)  No Substitute for Victory: The Story of the Canadain World Hockey Victory, Redeemers Voice Press, Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada

Galt Museum and Archives:  Lethbridge Maple Leafs Fonds In particular, UID 20011015000   which includes the following paper:       

Bowie, Gary, Bowie, Chad (1995), The Lethbridge Maple Leafs: World Hockey Champions 1951, prepared for: Canadian Association of Health, Physical    Education, Recreation and Dance Conference. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

James Sinclair Collection

Lethbridge Herald - 1950-1951