WORLD CHAMPS

WORLD CHAMPS
Team photo courtesy: Galt Museum and Archives
Welcome!

Contact: Trevor Esau at lethbridgemapleleafs@gmail.com

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.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hockey Hall of Fame Invites Donations to Their Lethbridge Maple Leaf Collection and Exhibit! VP and Curator Phillip Pritchard Extends Invitation!

If you are a 1951 Leaf player or you are a family member or friend of a 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leaf player and have documents, pictures, diaries, jerseys, rings, trophies, medals and other hockey equipment of the 1950/51 season, the Hockey Hall of Fame would be very interested in preserving the artifacts in their collection as a way of celebrating the 60th Anniversary!

HHOF Vice President and Curator, Phillip Pritchard wrote to us saying: 
 The Hockey Hall of Fame prides itself on having the premier hockey collection in the world and none of this can be done without the assistance of people like yourself and the people of Lethbridge.
I wonder if any of the family members have jerseys from the teams the played in Europe (as a lot of teams traded jerseys then) or jerseys from other teams that might have played for prior to or after the Maple Leafs.
As you can appreciate the Hockey Hall of Fame tells the whole story of hockey, not just the NHL, World Championships etc....it would be great to add to the story by talking about players that played for the Maple Leafs and where they played prior to the World Champions and then afterwards.

If you have a donation lethbridgemapleleafs.com would be happy to coordinate the gathering and delivery.
Send us an e-mail at: lethbridgemapleleafs.com  Thanks -Click on the poster below twice to enlarge.

Prepared by the HHOF

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Hockey Hall of Fame Joins Us in Honouring the Lethbridge Maple Leafs: Photo of the HHOF Display


Hockey Hall of Fame's Craig Campbell left and
Phillip Pritchard right.
Photo Source:  Hockey Hall of Fame
 We are excited to be working with the Hockey Hall of Fame!  It was great to hear from Phillip Pritchard, Vice President and Curator and Craig Campbell, Manager, Resource Centre and Archives of the Hockey Hall of Fame.  

Mr. Pritchard e-mailed lethbridgemapleleafs.com today saying, “Once again congratulations on the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs.” We had quoted from a letter from Mr. Pritchard in an earlier post where he congratulated the Leafs on their 50th anniversary in 2001.  We had requested a picture of the Hockey Hall of Fame’s display that features Stan Obodiac’s jersey which he also sent (see photo below).

The Hockey Hall of Fame would like to build up its collection of the Lethbridge Maple Leaf Championship team and players. Both of them gave us examples of what they are looking for in the collection.   lethbridgemapleleafs.com will support  this and post  more about it soon! Stay tuned!

Hockey Hall of Fame Display  with Stan Obodiac's Jersey
Photo Courtesy Hockey Hall of Fame:
D.K. (Doc) Seaman Hockey Resource Centre



Finally, Mr. Pritchard  also commented on our site, “By the way, the site looks great...great photos!  Great job again, looking forward to working with you on this”.

Monday, February 7, 2011

$1,000 for Throw Back Lethbridge Maple Leaf Jersey #15-Nap Milroy's number worn by Max Ross


Max Ross
 Replica jersey number 15, Nap Milroy's number, was worn by Hurricane Max Ross and was the highest money earner in the Lethbridge Hurricane's very successful Lethbridge Maple Leaf  replica jersey auction. See the winning bid amounts at the Hurricane auction site.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes put together the following list of jersey numbers from the Lethbridge Maple Leafs:
1 Mallie Hughes
2 Dick Gray
3 Billy Flick
3 Bob McGregor*
4 Jim Malacko
5 Don Vogan
Nap Milroy
6 Billy Gibson
7 Don McLean
8 Hec Negrello
9  Stan Obodiac
10 Tom Wood
11 Walter Rimstad
12 Bill Chandler
14 Bert Knibbs
15 Nap Milroy
16 Lou Siray
17 Mickey Roth
17 Ken Branch*
18 Danny Flanagan
18 Jack Sumner*
19 Carl Sorokoki
* Indicates Lethbridge Maple Leaf players who did not play in the World Championships.

Friday, February 4, 2011

"An Insider Story" By Tom Wood- "We Played for the Love of the Game, the Fellowship, and the Occasional Beer"

We were very fortunate that Tom Wood sent this insider story he wrote of his memories of the 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leaf World Amateur Championship and Team. 
Tom wrote: On behalf of the few team members that are still living, I would like to pay tribute to our wonderful teammates who are not here to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of our great victory in Paris on March 17, 1951. ... I believe it is one of the most unique stories of the history of Canadian amateur hockey.   ....we played
for the love of the game, the fellowship and the occasional beer.

Thanks to James Sinclair for facilitating Tom's story for the post.
Click twice on the document to enlarge.