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Other Name
MAPLE LEAFS HOCKEY TEAM
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL BLEND, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19910055001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MAPLE LEAFS HOCKEY TEAM
Date
1950
Materials
WOOL BLEND, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
73.5
Description
RED, WHITE & BLUE KNITTED LONG SLEEVE SWEATER WITH LACE-UP "V" NECK & ENLARGED (GUSSETTED) ELBOWS. COLORS ARE REPRESENTED IN STRIPES. FRONT WITH LARGE MAPLE LEAF CREST "LETHBRIDGE" ACROSS LEAF. REVERSE: "CANADA 19" CREST & LETTERS CUT FROM FELT. LACE NOT ORIGINAL & REPAIRS EVIDENT. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
SWEATER USED BY GOAL KEEPER CARL SORKOSKI (DECEASED CA 1980) OF LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS HOCKEY TEAM. JERSEY GIVEN TO DONOR BY WIDOW OF ORIGINAL OWNER KARL SOROKOSKI. MCLEAN GIVEN JERSEY ON ACCOUNT OF HIS LONGSTANDING FRIENDSHIP WITH SOROKOSKI AND BECAUSE THEY WERE TEAMMATES. BOTH PLAYED MINOR HOCKEY TOGETHER AND BOTH JOINED THE LEAFS IN 1947 – MCLEAN AS A LEFT WINGER AND SOROKOSKI AS ONE OF TWO GOALIES. MCLEAN FELT SOROKOSKI WAS ONE OF THE BEST GOALKEEPERS HE’D EVER PLAYED WITH. DETROIT TRIED TO RECRUIT HIM, ENTICING HIM TO A SUMMER HOCKEY CAMP, BUT SOROKOSKI CHOSE TO RETURN TO LETHBRIDGE IN ORDER TO RUN THE FAMILY STORE RATHER THAN PURSUE A HOCKEY CAREER. MCLEAN CLAIMED THE JERSEY WAS USED THROUGHOUT THE LIFE OF THE LETHBRIDGE MAPLE LEAFS, BUT THAT ANOTHER (AWAY) JERSEY WAS WORN WHEN THEY REPRESENTED CANADA IN EUROPE. THE WORLD CUP JERSEY WAS NOT UNLIKE THE JERSEYS STILL WORN BY TEAM CANADA TODAY. THE BLUE JERSEYS WERE HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM AND WERE GIVEN TO PLAYERS WHO PLAYED ON THE LEAF’S TEAM. PLAYERS REALLY LIKED THE JERSEY AND WERE PROUD TO WEAR THEM. MCLEAN RECOUNTED PLAYING IN OUTDOOR ARENAS IN THE POURING RAIN WHILE THEY WERE IN EUROPE. THE TEAM, HE CLAIMED, RECEIVED VERY LITTLE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE CITY OR CANADA WHILE THEY WERE TRAVELING. THEY DID NOT EVEN RECEIVE ENOUGH MONEY TO COVER THE RENT FOR THEIR HOMES IN CANADA. THE MONEY WAS DIVIDED GIVING THE MARRIED MEN AND LITTLE BIT MORE THAN THE SINGLE MEN, AND MOST OF THE PLAYERS HAD TO GET FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THEIR FAMILIES AND THE FEW BUSINESS SPONSORS THEY COULD FIND. THE TEAM EVEN BOUGHT THEIR OWN WORLD CUP RINGS WHEN THEY RETURNED BECAUSE THE CITY OFFERED THEM NO FINANCIAL SUPPORT. DONOR’S OWN HOCKEY CAREER INCLUDED STINTS WITH THE BIG 6 LEAGUE IN CALGARY, TEAMS IN NELSON, NANAIMO AND LETHBRIDGE. DONOR WISHES DONATION TO BE ON BEHALF OF DECEASED TEAM MEMBERS.
Catalogue Number
P19910055001
Acquisition Date
1991-08
Collection
Museum
Images
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