Team photo courtesy: Galt Museum and Archives

Contact: Trevor Esau at

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.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Mr. James "Shorty" Malacko - May 27, 1930 - December 25, 2016: Our Sincere Condolences to the Malacko Family

On behalf of Trevor Esau and Darcen Esau of the and we would like to express our sincere condolences to the Malacko  family. Jim "Shorty" Malacko passed away on December 25, 2016.

Jim "Shorty" Malacko pictured first on the left
Photo courtesy James Sinclair

Jim was a World Champion with the Lethbridge Maple Leafs, winning the gold medal at the World Amateur Hockey Championships in Paris, France in 1951. You can view his on-line tribute here, James Irvine Malacko Obituary

Jim "Shorty" Malacko, second row, second from the left