Lethbridge Maple Leafs

The Lethbridge Maple Leafs were, at times, a senior, intermediate, and junior ice hockey team that operated out of Lethbridge, Alberta. They are best known for winning the 1951 World Ice Hockey Championships.

Lethbridge Maple Leafs Hockey Club

The Maple Leafs were a men's senior ice hockey team from Lethbridge, Alberta formed in 1936, playing in the Alberta Senior Hockey League. After World War II, the Maple Leafs played in the Western Canada Senior Hockey League. In 1950, they captured the Western Canadian Championship. The Maple Leafs were selected to represent Canada at the 1951 World Championships in Paris, France. Coached by Dick Gray, the Maple Leafs won the gold medal, following which they embarked on a European tour. They entered the first Sir Winston Churchill Cup Competition, winning the gold medal. During their European tour, they played 62 games winning 51, tying 4, and losing 7 of them.[1] The team's tour was overseen by Frank Sargent, a past-president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. He stated the Lethbridge Maple Leafs were the best goodwill ambassadors the Canada could have had, describing them as gentlemanly and well-behaved.[2]

The 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leafs team was inducted to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1974.[3]

Senior teamEdit

West Kootenay League (1937-38)Edit

1937-38: 2nd in East, Lost Semi Final

Alberta Senior Hockey League (1938-42)Edit

1938-39: 1st, Won Final, Lost West Semi-Final 1939-40: 2nd, Lost Semi Final 1940-41: 1st, Won Final, Lost West Final 1941-42: 2nd, Won Final, Lost West Semi-Final

Western Canada Senior Hockey League (1946-49)Edit

1946-47: 3rd, Lost Final 1947-48: 4th, Lost Semi-Final 1948-49: 4th, Lost Semi-Final

Intermediate teamEdit

The Maple Leafs won the provincial titles in 1936-37 and 1949–50, In both these years they won the Western Canada title as well.

Their 1949-50 title led to them being chosen as Canada's representative in the 1951 World Ice Hockey Championships. Prior to that competition they went on a European tour. They then won the World Championship. The team continued to compete into the late 1950s.

1951 World Championship rosterEdit

NHL alumniEdit

Thirteen alumni of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs also played in the National Hockey League.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Alberta Sport Hall of Fame Museum Archived 2011-01-23 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "More Praise For Champion Maple Leafs". Lethbridge Herald. Lethbridge, Alberta. March 27, 1951. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "Lethbridge Maple Leafs 1951". Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  4. ^ legendsofhockey alumni search