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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.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lethbridge Maple Leaf International Sweater- From the Galt Museum and Archive Collection

Courtesy of the Galt Museum and Archive

Courtesy of the Galt Museum and Archives
The following statement is credited to the Galt Museum and Archives Collections:

LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAF SWEATER DONATED BY MCLEAN
SWEATER USED BY GOAL KEEPER CARL SORKOSKI (DECEASED CA 1980) OF LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS HOCKEY TEAM.

JERSEY GIVEN TO MCLEAN BY WIDOW OF ORIGINAL OWNER KARL SOROKOSKI. MCLEAN GIVEN JERSEY ON ACCOUNT OF HIS LONGSTANDING FRIENDSHIP WITH SOROKOSKI  AND BECAUSE THEY WERE TEAMMATES.  BOTH PLAYED MINORHOCKEY TOGETHER AND BOTH JOINED THE LEAFS IN 1947 - MCLEAN AS A
LEFT WINGER AND SOROKOSKI AS ONE OF TWO GOALIES.  MCLEAN FELT SOROKOSKI WAS ONE OF THE BEST GOALKEEPERS HE'D EVER PLAYED WITH. DETROIT TRIED TO RECRUIT HIM, ENTICING HIM TO A SUMMER HOCKEY CAMP, BUT SOROKOSKI CHOSE TO RETURN TO LETHBRIDGE IN ORDER TO RUN THE FAMILY STORE RATHER THAN PURSUE A HOCKEY CAREER.

MCLEAN CLAIMED THE JERSEY WAS USED THROUGHOUT THE LIFE OF THELETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS, BUT THAT ANOTHER (AWAY) JERSEY WAS WORN WHEN THEY REPRESENTED CANADA IN EUROPE. 
MCLEAN RECOUNTED PLAYING IN OUTDOOR ARENAS IN THE POURING  THEY WERE IN EUROPE.  THE TEAM, HE CLAIMED, RECEIVED VERY LITTLE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE CITY OR CANADA WHILE THEY WERE TRAVELING. THEY DID NOT EVEN RECEIVE ENOUGH MONEY TO COVER THE RENT FOR THEIR HOMES IN CANADA. THE MONEY WAS DIVIDED GIVING THE MARRIED MEN AND LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THE SINGLE MEN, AND MOST OF THE PLAYERS HAD TO GET FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND THE FEW BUSINESS SPONSORS THEY COULD FIND. THE TEAM EVEN BOUGHT THEIR OWN WORLD CUP RINGS WHEN THEY RETURNED BECAUSE THE CITY OFFERED THEM NO FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

 DONATION TO BE ON BEHALF OF DECEASED TEAM MEMBERS.

3 comments:

  1. In Honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Lethbridge Maple Leaf's Championship - The Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) will be wearing replica "1951 Lethbridge Maple Leaf" Jerseys when they play the Brandon Wheat Kings on January 25/2011 - James Sinclair

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  2. Thanks James, that is an excellent way of honouring the Leafs! If there is a way we can be involved to promote their great story through this web site at the game, we would be happy to be invloved.

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  3. I have a Newsreel Video of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs playing in Germany, + a CBC Radio Interview with Dick Grey when the Maple Leafs returned to Canada + many, many photos. Is there any chance these can be posted? James Sinclair - stanleycup5@hotmail.com

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