Malacko, Maglio were Leafs’ staples in ’50s

The former teammates passed away on Christmas Day.

The Nelson Maple Leafs are seen here after winning the 1961 Savage Cup. Teammates James Malacko (front row

A pair of former Nelson Leafs teammates passed away on Christmas Day.

James (Shorty) Malacko, 86, and Dominic (Mickey) Maglio, 87, played together on what was then the Nelson Maple Leafs senior team from 1954 to 1964.

Malacko and Maglio, who actually shared a room at Kootenay Lake Hospital prior to their passing, first teamed up with the Lethbridge Native Sons for the 1948-49 season.

Malacko, a quick defenceman who earned the nickname Shorty for his diminutive stature, won gold with Lethbridge at the 1951 World Amateur Hockey Championships in Paris before also later winning gold at the Sir Winston Churchill Cup Competition in London, England.

Malacko was briefly the coach of Germany’s Olympic team in 1952 before returning to Canada a year later, marrying Maxine Morgan and moving to Nelson. Malacko also played for the Leafs in the 1965 Allan Cup finals.

Following his season in Lethbridge, Maglio played two years for teams in New York and Baltimore before joining the Leafs in 1951. He had a two-game cup of coffee with the then-Vancouver Canucks of the WHL in during the 1956-57 season, but stayed on with Nelson throughout the decade.

Maglio also played with Malacko on the Savage Cup winning team in 1961 and coached Malacko to the Allan Cup finals four years later.

Just Posted

Snowfall warning for Kootenay and Paulson passes

Up to 30 cm expected in mountain passes Saturday and Sunday.

Nelson Leafs hang on to edge Chase Heat 4-3

Nelson has won 14 of its last 15 games

Community Futures launches cannabis consultation program

The Cannabis Business Transition Initiative helps businesses move into the legal economy

Nelson receives over $400,000 in gaming grants

The annual funds are handed out to non-profit sports and arts organizations

Kootenay Patricks assemble to take on Montreal Canadiens alumni

The charity game takes place Jan. 23 in Nelson

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Environmental and animal rights activists chain themselves to front doors of Kelowna bank

The group is protesting Interior Savings Credit Union’s support of Kelowna Ribfest

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

Cell phone tickets worse tax grab than speed limits, SenseBC says

Distracted driving statistics questioned as B.C. tickets pile up

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

Most Read