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, March 16, 2011

60th Anniversary Today-March 17: Congratultions to the Lethbridge Maple Leafs on the 60th Anniversary of your World Championship Victory! The Story in Pictures!

Today is the 60th Anniversary of  the Lethbridge Maple Leaf World Championship Victory, March 17, 1951 in Paris, France.

The Lethbridge  Maple Leafs began the journey in early December 1950 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Including games in Canada they played 62 games. They won 51, lost 7 and tied 4.  This included an amazing 44 game unbeaten string in Europe. By the time they were getting ready for home they had traveled close to 30,000 miles by bus, train, ship, airplane and car and played before about 400,000 people in 14 countries.
In the 6 World Championship games, the Leafs scored 62 goals and only allowed 6 goals against them.  A truly dominating performance!

To celebrate the Anniversary day, Lethbridgemapleleafs.com has picked our favourite photos from the blog  to tell the story ( Please scroll down through the blog to see the entries that accompany the photos and credits for the photos):

Photo Courtesy of the Galt Museum and Archives

Courtesy James Sinclair Collection

Courtesy James Sinclair Collection

From Sat Obodiac's book, No Substitute For Victory
Courtesy Obadiac Family


Courtesy James Sinclair Collection


Courtesy James Sinclair Collection


Courtesy James Sinclair Collection
Courtesy James Sinclair Collection
Courtesy James Sinclair Collection


Courtesy City of Lethbridge Enmax Collection
Donor: Dick Gray
Courtesy of the Galt Museum and Archives

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Lethbridge Maple Leafs CTV News Story: Leaf Don McLean Discusses Receiving Championship Rings on the 50th Anniversary

Lethbridge Maple Leafs Championship Rings:  A Symbol of Lifelong Friendship.   Lethbridge Maple Leaf Don McLean discusses how the Leafs  finally received championship rings in 2001,  50  years after their world championship win.  This "Ring Story" was featured on Lethbridge CTV News with Terry Vogt reporting in 2001.  The drive to have the players receive the rings was spearheaded by long time Leaf fan James Sinclair. James was a key organizer of the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2001.  In appreciation for his work the Lethbridge Maple Leaf team members made James an honourary Leaf team member and he also received his own Leaf  ring. 

Video Posted with Permission:  Courtesy CTV News Lethbridge
News Director Terry Vogt

Friday, March 4, 2011

CTV News Lethbridge Maple Leaf 60th Anniversary Story Featuring Player Nap Milroy

CTV News Lethbridge ran this story featuring Leaf Nap Milroy to highlight the Lethbridge Maple Leafs 60th Anniversary and the replica jerseys the Lethbridge Hurricanes wore in WHL league play. Heath Brown and Terry Vogt of CTV news with the story.



Video Posted With Permission- Courtesy CTV News Lethbridge
News Director- Terry Vogt