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.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Steve Raz Information

Thanks to Karen Dill for  responding  to our request for more information about Steve Raz. 
Karen wrote:

"It appears he played for the Native Sons - see attachments
In early 50's he played for Michigan State University.  He was married to my cousin."



Further Information:  Newspaper article  




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mystery Player: Steve Raz




James Sinclair forwarded these articles to post on our site.   Maxine Malacko (Jim Malacko's widow) found this newspaper among her late husbands' hockey collection. 

The articles present a mystery player.  Steve Raz's picture appears in the paper  but he does not appear in any further Lethbridge Maple Leaf information.  James writes, "I was shocked/surprised to see a picture of "Steve Raz" in this paper. I have never heard of this name before, I don't recall any of the former players ever mentioning this fellow?"

James speculated that  Don Pilling of the Lethbridge Herald probably had to send this article out to "Ice Hockey World" Newspaper in London, England weeks, if not months in advance in order to get published in time for the Maple Leafs arrival. 

If you have any information that sheds light on Steve Raz's playing days with the Lethbridge Maple Leafs, please contact Trevor at justcdgroup@gmail.com.  Thanks


Thanks to James Sinclair and Maxine Malacko


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lars Ingels Sent Us a Lethbridge Maple Leaf Newspaper Clipping rom Sweden


Thanks to Lars Ingels from Leksand, Sweden. 

He emailed us recently and said his dad collected all of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs players autographs when they played there in 1951. Lars still has the autograph book.

Lars also sent us this  newspaper clipping from the game. He translated the headline as: 

“The canucks impossible also in the Leksand game. Good resistance but loss da capo”






Monday, April 17, 2017

New Photo From the James Sinclair Collection


James submitted this great photo of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs in close quarters in a very small dressing room they encountered on their journey to become World Champions!


L-R Mallie Hughes, Jim Malacko, Bill Chandler, Whitey Rimstad, Lou Siray, Tom Woods, Stan Obodiac..
Photo Courtesy James Sinclair Collection

Thursday, April 13, 2017

IIHF Posts The Story of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs World Championship Journey


Thank you to Martin Merk and the IIHF staff  of the  International Ice Hockey Federation for posting our Lethbridge Maples Leafs story on their web site. To read it go to IIHF Post, Lethbridge Maple Leafs: Canada's "Cinderella" Team

The IIHF has also posted this video showing film footage of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs winning the 1951 World Championships in Paris, the last time France hosted the World Championship.




Thanks also to James Sinclair for the coordination and photos from his collection.

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Message From Trevor Esau and Darcen Esau


Trevor Esau left with Darcen Esau
It is a great pleasure to continue to maintain our www.lethbridgemapleleafs.com site. Over the years, we have been enriched by our contact with the players, players families, and the many fans at home and around the world.  The Lethbridge Maple Leafs World Championship victory has just  past the 65th anniversary of their win in Paris, France in 1951.  Now, 66 years later, Paris, France will host the World Championships again.  The International Ice Hockey Federation  (IIHF) has asked us to write an article summarizing the Lethbridge Maple Leafs and their incredible journey. We will post a link to the article  when it's published on their site.



We especially enjoy contact from fans who may have seen the Lethbridge Maple Leafs play during their journey.   Ylva Lindstrom (maiden name Hakansson) was just 12 when the Maple Leafs came to town to play her team Leksand IF in Sweden. She sent us her memories and photos including autographs collected from the Maple Leafs. To view her photos and read her story click on:  Ylva Lindstrom's Story

If you have memories or photos from the Lethbridge Maple Leafs journey please contact us justcdgroup@gmail.com  We would like to post them on this site. 
Darcen Esau discussing the Maple Leafs journey with Tom Wood
during the 60th Anniversary game.  Tom wrote a personal
 account of his experience for us that we published on our  site!
 Trevor Esau interviewing Mr. Andrew "Nap" Milroy at the 
Lethbridge Museum and Archives artifact display about 
his memories of the journey and championships!