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.


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.