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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.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Stan Obodiac: Lethbridge Maple Leaf Leading Scorer and Team Reporter

Obodiac, Stan (1922-1984)

Stan was the top scorer with 24 points (12+12) in the 1951 World Championship and his sweater from that series is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. He became the Public Relations Director for the Toronto Maple Leafs 1958-64. He was fiercely loyal to the Toronto Maple Leaf organization and its owner Harold Ballard.

Stan was the designated reporter for the championship trip and wrote daily of the experiences of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs long journey to the world championship and home again.  His reports were featured in the Lethbridge Herald during the trip. However, he was not happy with the editing and in the introduction to the book he wrote about the championship journey called: "No Substitute for Victory: The Story of the Canadian World Hockey Victory", he wrote:
Some of the articles in this book appeared in edited form in the Lethbridge Herald...but were so expurgated that those who read those will not recognize these.

Stan Obodiac's reports and book are references for many of the posts in this site.

He authored several books, including, "No Substitute for Victory: The story of the Canadian world hockey victory", and  "Maple Leaf Gardens: 50 Years of History".


  1. Stan was a really fine gentleman who always was more than kind and pleasant to me as he was to all others ...

    What he did not know about the game of hockey in general and especially the history of Maple Leaf Gardens could be engraved on the head of a very small pin ...

    He lived for his time at the Gardens although, and most unfortunately, his time on earth was far too short as he truly deserved a long and happy retirement ...

    There are or were few like him that I knew in his era ...

    The name of Stan Obodiac will be remembered by many who knew him forever.

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