Photo Courtesy the Galt Museum and Archives
The Lethbridge Maple Leafs were called the " Cinderella Club of All Time" in the Lethbridge Herald on December 22, 1950, even before they became World Amateur Hockey Champions after winning the gold medal at the 1951 World Championship in Paris, France. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association selected the team to represent Canada after they had won the Western Canadian Championship in 1950. Following their world championship win they completed an extensive European tour. They posted a very impressive record of 51 wins, 4 ties and 7 loses. They also won the Sir Winston Churchill Cup Competition.
The Lethbridge Maple Leaf team and members were inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1974.
They boarded the train from Lethbridge, Alberta on December 17, 1950 to start their journey across Canada. Their train journey ended in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where on December 22, 1950 they boarded an ocean liner to Paris, France and the World Championship. For a great description of this train trip visit Hockey Rail Tales.