Watch the Legends of Lacrosse interviews by clicking on the interviewees.
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|Al Luciuk||Al Lewthwaite||Alf Jacques|
|Barb Boyes||Bill Bradley||Bill Hutton|
|Bob Salt||Bobby Allan||Bobby Delormier, Bill Sunday and Ron Thomas|
|Bruce Roundpoint||Bruce Wanless||Cam Bomberry|
|Cap Bomberry||Carl White||Dave Durante|
|Dean McLeod||Don Barrie||Dwight Maetche|
|Ernie Mitchell||George "Jeep" Woolley||George "Potsy" Burrows|
|Gord Gimple||Harry Nightingale||Jack Fulton Sr.|
|Jim Brady||Jim Burke||Joanne Stanga|
|Johnny Davis||John Grant Sr. and Jim Wasson||Kevin Alexander|
|Michelle Bowyer||Morley Kells||Paul Parnell|
|Peter Black||Robert Hanna||Ruby Lang and Barb Cormier|
|Russ Heard||Russ Sheppard||Sam Seward|
|Stew Begg||Tewanee Joseph||Tom Parker|
|Wayne Baker||Wayne Goss and Ed Goss||William K.C. Cook|
|William "Whitey" Frick|
Al Luciuk - Saskatchewan
Al Luciuk is known for his involvement in many areas in growing the game. He is a builder of field lacrosse in Saskatchewan and has worked at all levels of the game: locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Al has taken skills learned as a professional teacher and brought them to benefit lacrosse.
He has served for 15 years as the president of the Saskatoon Field Lacrosse Association. Al served with Saskatchewan’s Senior Men’s Provincial Teams as a player, coach, and team captain for 15 years. With them, he won six national titles including two Ross Cups and four Victory Trophies. As head coach for the Junior Men’s Provincial Teams he won two silver medals and nine bronze medals. He was the Men’s Field Sector chairperson, and the president and a lifetime member for the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association.
As coach of the Scorpion Lacrosse and Sturgis Trojan Lacrosse Teams, his teams won five consecutive Provincial High School U19 Championships and 12 Provincial U19 Championship Titles. His programs placed 28 athletes in Div. I, Div. II, Div. III, and Collegiate Club Programs in the NCAA.
For Team Canada he was assistant manager for the Canadian Men’s U19 National Team when they won a silver medal at the World Championships in Burnaby, B.C., and assistant coach for the Canadian Men’s U19 National Team winning a silver medal at the World Championships in Towson, MD.
He has been a writer of many manuals for the Canadian Lacrosse Association and a presenter at the US Lacrosse Convention. When you think of lacrosse in Saskatchewan you think of Al Luciuk.
Al Lewthwaite - British Columbia
Lewthwaite developed his box lacrosse skills in the Royal City’s Sapperton district, but by age 15 he was considered too big to continue playing at the juvenile level. Instead, he lined up with the New Westminster Junior B team that captured the 1966 Canadian championship in Port Arthur. With the Senior A Salmonbellies in 1967—he was not yet 17 years old—he scored two goals. After the 1968 Minto Cup series, he played a pivotal role in the Salmonbellies National Lacrosse Association professional championship victory over Detroit. In 1969 Lewthwaite was 6’3”, 230-lbs, fleet of foot, a deadly shooter, a natural playmaker and a rib-crunching checker. At the age of 18, he became a permanent member of the Senior Salmonbellies, registering 87 points in his first 27 games. Between 1970 and 1974, Lewthwaite and his teammates captured three Mann Cups in four trips to the Canadian championships. In 1975, the upstart pro National Lacrosse League team in Boston drafted Lewthwaite in the first round, but traded him to the Long Island Tomahawks where he accumulated 140 points in 47 games; however, he also seriously injured his knee. After one season as co-coach of a Senior B team, he took over the coaching reins for the Salmonbellies in 1978. Over the next 21 years, Lewthwaite held similar positions with Coquitlam, Richmond, Burnaby and Maple Ridge.
Alf Jacques - Onondaga, New York
Alf Jacques grew up in the world of lacrosse and learned the art of making lacrosse sticks from his father and fellow Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee Louis Jacques. He played junior, senior and professional lacrosse in the 1960s and 1970s. Then he went on to coach and manage the Onondaga Red Hawks from 2002 to 2010. Some of his accomplishments as a coach includes coaching the Red Hawks to the league championships and represented the league at the Presidents Cup in 2005, 2006 and 2010. The team won the 2010 Presidents Cup. Jacques is also an educator about the time-honored Native traditional art form of Lacrosse Stick Making, which connects the player to the environment. He continues his father’s legacy by creating one of a kind wooden sticks as well as recreations of the wooden sticks his ancestors used in the 15th century.
Barb Boyes - Ontario
Barb Boyes’ contribution to Women’s Field Lacrosse in Ontario and Canada goes back to her representing Canada in the first Women’s World Field Lacrosse Championship in 1982. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the renowned Oshawa Lady Blue Knights Field Lacrosse Program since 2000. Through her programs, Barb Boyes has been responsible for dozens of Canadian girls playing NCAA and OUA lacrosse.
Boyes has served numerous positions within the sport including L.O.S.S.A High School Convenor, Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse Executive, and high school lacrosse coach at many Durham Schools. She has been a player, assistant coach and head coach for the Canadian Women’s Field Lacrosse Team, and a player and head coach for the Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse Team. She has also been a Women’s Lacrosse Course Conductor for the National Coaching Certification Program. Barb Boyes was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder in 1999. She was presented with the International Federation of the Women’s Field Lacrosse Association Recognition Award in 2007 and the Roots of the Game Award in 2000.
Bill Bradley - British Columbia
Bill Bradley is regarded as one of the greatest Adanacs, and he was viewed as the club's spiritual leader during the years Mike Gates was the scoring leader. Bill Bradley began his box career playing juvenile lacrosse in North Burnaby and led the North Burnaby Norburns into the 1961 Minto Cup national junior final. During the next 14 years, Bill played in Victoria, Coquitlam, and Windsor, as well as in Montreal and Maryland of the Professional (original) National Lacrosse League.
He earned a reputation as one of the games hardest hitting defensive specialists, garnering seven first team all-star selections in the Western Lacrosse Association and one in the Ontario league. His career lacrosse statistics included 376 goals and 937 points in 498 games. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Bill Hutton - Ontario
Bill Hutton is one of the consummate builders of the game of lacrosse domestically and internationally. Over his long and illustrious career, he has coached at the minor level and served as president of both the Ontario Lacrosse Association and the Canadian Lacrosse Association—and just about everything else in between. He has been Chair of the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation and received many awards for his selfless service to the game including Canada’s 125th Governor General’s Award, Ontario’s Mr. Lacrosse Award and a Life Membership, the CLA’s Lester B. Pearson Award, induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and many others.
Hutton is especially known for never turning his back on a challenge when it came to helping the game. He steered the amalgamation of the Ontario Minor Lacrosse Association and the Ontario Lacrosse Association, which led to greater efficiencies for the sport in Ontario. He chaired the 1986 World Field Lacrosse Championship when the government and other entities had turned its back on the project. He restructured the Canadian Lacrosse Association at a time when leadership was less than what was needed to ensure a future for the game in Canada.
Bill also was one of the key drivers behind getting lacrosse recognized as Canada’s National Summer Sport in 1994. All this came from a person who had not played the game himself - an uncommon background in that regard.
Bob Salt - British Columbia
Bob Salt was a league all-star eight times, winner of the Maitland Trophy for play, sportsmanship, and contributing to minor lacrosse, and was twice awarded the Commission playoff MVP award. He also played on three Mann Cup teams, twice with Vancouver in 1967 and 1975 and as a pickup player with New Westminster in 1972.
Salt also showed his great leadership by coaching in the junior and senior leagues. He received both the W.C. Ellison Trophy (Most Valuable Player in the WLA league playoffs) and the Commission Trophy (Most Valuable Player in the WLA regular season) in 1975.
In 1987 he was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the Box Player category. He received the Dorothy Robertson Memorial Trophy as the WLA Coach of the Year in 2005.
Bobby Allan - Ontario
Bobby Allan was in a class by himself, the finest lacrosse player in Canada during his peak. His consummate skill, agility and adroitness in faking a move made him one-of-a-kind. His backhand shot was a prototype move.
Allan won three scoring titles, three league MVP awards, and the Mike Kelly Award in 1964 as the most valuable player in the Mann Cup. His record of 89 goals in 29 games in 1956, in British Columbia, still stands. He played on four Mann Cup championship teams and another four Mann Cup finalists.
Later, Bob moved into coaching—first with box lacrosse teams in Peterborough and Philadelphia, PA, and then as head coach of the Canadian National Field Lacrosse Team. His Peterborough teams won a Canadian Semi-Pro Title in 1969, a Mann Cup in 1973, and were Mann Cup finalists in 1970. His Canadian National Field team won the world championship in 1978 in Manchester, England. Bob was elected to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame.
Bobby Delormier, Bill Sunday and Ron Thomas - Akwesasne
These three amigos have been friends for most of their lives. During their playing careers, Sunday and Delormier were based out of Akwesasne and Thomas hailed from Six Nations. All three were inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame (OLHoF) in 1998.
Delormier is best remembered for his shifty dodging ability. He was a member of championship teams in St. Regis in 1957-58, Niagara Falls in 1960 and Fort Erie in 1968/69. He was named MVP three times for these various teams.
Sunday played for the St. Regis Indians during their heyday. He received his training by the legendary team that consisted of Angus Thomas, Angus George, and Luis Sunday. They taught him to take the ball off the draw and create a fast-break and scoring opportunity using pure speed.
Thomas made his name playing with the Brantford Warriors in the 1960s and 1970s and comes from a lacrosse family that included his brothers Ivan and Charlie, also OLHoF inductees. He was on the 1971 Mann Cup Championship team. He was named Senior B Outstanding Goalie in 1968 with two Presidents’ Cup wins in 1967-68. He was a professional player with the Toronto Tomahawks in 1974.
Bruce Roundpoint - Akwesasne
Bruce Roundpoint was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 representing Akwesasne. Roundpoint’s family is known for being important stickmakers for the game, at one time supplying 97 per cent of the game’s sticks worldwide.
He was Captain of the All-Star Native Team that played in the 1980 Commonwealth Games. Bruce Roundpoint played for the Montreal Les Quebecois in the original National Lacrosse League under legendary coach Jim Bishop. Roundpoint was the scoring champion for both the Akwesasne warriors in 1977 and the Cornwall Island Thunder Birds in 1981.
Bruce Wanless - Ontario
Bruce Wanless is known as one of the game’s greatest defensive players. He was inducted into the Brampton Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1987, the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002.
Bruce did not begin playing until 1955 as a 17-year-old. He played mainly with the Brampton Excelsiors, but also with the professional Detroit team in 1968 and Kitchener in 1969. He ended his playing career in 1972. He won three Minto Cups for Brampton and played in four Mann Cups, winning one of them for Port Credit as a pick-up player.
Wanless won the McIntosh Award as OLA Jr. A MVP in 1959, and the OLA Senior A Merv McKenzie Awrd as Best Defensive Player on four occasions. He played against and earned the respect of some of the game’s legends including: Johnny Davis, Bobby Allan and Jack Bionda.
Cam Bomberry - Ontario
Cam Bomberry began playing lacrosse when he was just three years old. He worked his way through the Six Nation’s minor league box lacrosse program and began playing for St. Catherine’s Junior A team when he was 15. He finished his junior career with the Six Nations Arrows and won the Minto Cup in 1992. He was captain of the first Indigenous based franchise to win a Minto Cup and won the Jim McConaghy MVP Trophy. The three-time All-American played NCAA lacrosse with Nazareth College from 1990 to 1994 in Rochester, New York, where he helped his team claim an NCAA championship title in 1992.
On top of his minor league and college achievements, Cam was able to play professionally for eight seasons in the NLL with the Buffalo Bandits, the Rochester Knighthawks, and the New Jersey Storm. On the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) circuit, he participated in three Mann Cup titles with the Six Nations Chiefs. His experience also stretches onto a number of national teams. He played for the U19 Canadian Men’s Field Lacrosse Team in 1988, and was a four-time member of Iroquois Nationals team. He finished his playing career in the summer of 2006 at the World Championship in London with Team Iroquois. Cam continues his involvement with the sport through lectures and clinics.
Cap Bomberry - Six Nations
Cap has been involved in lacrosse for over 60 years. At his induction into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame it was said, "Cap is renowned for recruiting players for his team and well respected by his community and peers.”
Cap played for the Oshweken Warriors from 1959-1973 and won the Presidents’ Cup in 1964, 1967, and 1968. He helped out in the minor organization from 1975-88 and was a team manager/GM with the Jr. A Arrows from 1990-1992, winning the Minto Cup in Coquitlam in 1992. This was the first Indigenous team to win the Minto Cup.
He was also the GM for the SN Chiefs from 1993-1997 winning the Mann Cup in 1994, 1995, and 1996. Cap was president and GM of the Six Nations Rivermen from 2013-2019, winning the Presidents’ Cup in 2015 and 2019.
Cap has received many accolades including induction into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 in the builder category. He went into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2001 as a builder and became an Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) life member in 2006 and was presented with the OLA President's Award.
Carl White - Akwesasne
Carl White played minor lacrosse on Cornwall Island, and then Jr. B for the St. Regis Braves from 1967 to 1971. The Braves were the Junior B Quebec Champions in 1967 and 1968. They also were Junior B OLA Champions in 1970 and 1971.
He then left Akwesasne and Cornwall for Brooklin and Peterborough. White played senior lacrosse for the Brooklin Redmen in 1972. In 1973, he played for the Peterborough Lakers where they went on to become Mann Cup Champions that year.
Carl White joined the Akwesasne Warriors from 1976 to 1985 and was a First Team All-Star in the 1978 Presidents’ Cup Championship Tournament.
He went on to coach after his distinguished playing career. He was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1999.
Dave Durante - British Columbia
Dave “The Dude” Durante was a first-round draft pick of the Coquitlam Adanacs in 1973 and was named rookie of the year. In 1974 he won the WLA scoring race and the Maitland Trophy for sportsmanship. Durante played professional with the Quebec Caribous in 1975, scoring 89 goals with 117 assists for 206 points in 48 games on the way to an NLL Nations Cup victory. Durante rejoined the Adanacs from 1976 to 1979 and was traded to the Salmonbellies in 1980. He played 12 seasons with the Salmonbellies and was instrumental in the team capturing Mann Cup titles ‘81, ‘86, ‘89 and ‘91.
As a pick-up player he also helped the Salmonbellies win a Mann Cup in 1976 and was the MVP of that series. Durante was a WLA all-star in 1974, ‘76, ‘82, ‘83 and ‘84. In total Durante played 600 Senior ‘A’ and pro games with Coquitlam, Quebec and New Westminster, scoring 698 goals and 1,017 assists for 1,715 points—an average of 2.85 points a game. He joins a select group of Salmonbellies whose sweaters have been retired.
Dean McLeod - Ontario
Dean McLeod has a long list of accomplishments involving Brampton and both the Mann Cup and Minto Cup. He has also been involved at both the national and international levels on behalf of Canada. Perhaps his greatest contributions have come through serving as Commissioner for Ontario’s Junior A League.
“Dean has contributed 38 years of experience to the OJALL and over 50 years to the Ontario Lacrosse Association, and his achievements will leave a lasting legacy on the sport. He has held leadership roles across a broad range of the sport, and his devotion, work ethic and focus to Ontario Lacrosse have been exemplary,” said Stan Cockerton, Ontario Lacrosse Association Executive Director.
Dean McLeod has provided a lifetime of service to lacrosse as builder of the game. His personal awards include: Ontario Lacrosse Association, Mr. Lacrosse Award (1985); Brampton Excelsior, Life Membership (1989); Ontario Lacrosse Association, Presidents Award (1990); Canadian Lacrosse Association, Presidents Award (1991); Named Ontario Jr A Playoff-MVP Award, Dean McLeod Award in 1997; Inducted, Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Builder (1998); Inducted, Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Builder (1999); and was a Recipient, Queen Elizabeth II, Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012.
Don Barrie - Ontario
Don started playing as a nine-year-old in 1949 in Peterborough. He played minor lacrosse in Peterborough and went on to play senior lacrosse in Brooklyn, Peterborough, Sorel, Montreal, Quebec City and Hastings.
He started coaching in the Peterborough minor system in 1960, winning 10 Ontario titles and went on to coach Junior A lacrosse in Peterborough in 1970, 1971 and 1977. He advanced to coach the Major A Lakers in 1998 where he was named MSL Coach of the Year. At the professional level, he was assistant coach with the NLL Philadelphia Wings in 1974 and head coach of the Maryland Arrows in 1975.
At the international level, Don was an assistant coach of the Canadian Field Lacrosse Team in 1978, again in 1982, and was convener of the team in 1990.
Don started writing a weekly sports column in the Peterborough Examiner in 1995, and continues to do so today. In 2008, he wrote a 600-page history of lacrosse in Peterborough: “Lacrosse: The Peterborough Way”. He went on to write two novels on lacrosse, Moon and Me (2009) and Stickman (2012).
Dwight Maetche - British Columbia
Dwight Maetche was born in Edmonton and was recruited to play goal for the BC Jr. League Burnaby Cablevision. He was a Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) all-star in 1980 and ’81. Maetche played 24 WLA seasons from 1982 to 2007 with the Vancouver Burrards, North Shore/Okanagan, and Victoria. He is a seven-time WLA all-star, the WLA’s top goaltender five times, and was MVP in 1988. In 378 league and playoff games he faced 15,238 shots, allowing 3,215 goals for a career save average of 78.9% Maetche was an offensively minded goalie, scoring one goal and adding 317 assists. He won Mann Cups with the Victoria Shamrocks in 2003 and 2005. Between 1992 and 2007, Maetche played 55 NLL games with the Philadelphia Wings, Charlotte Cobras, New York Saints, Vancouver Ravens, Edmonton Rush and Portland LumberJax. During this time, he compiled 24 wins and 31 losses with a goals-against-average of 13.37.
Ernie Mitchell - Akwesasne
Ernie Mitchell had numerous career playing highlights before he turned to coaching. He was the starting goalie for the NLL Montreal Les Quebecois in 1974-1975. In 1980 in Vancouver, Mitchell and an Iroquois Nations team won silver at the World Box Lacrosse Championship, an event at which he was accorded all-star honours.
Mitchell would go on to play for the Akwesasne Warriors Senior B team in the Quebec league in the mid-eighties. In 1990, he ran the Old Sticks loop and his team captured the national crown in B.C.
Mitchell's coaching career flourished in the mid-nineties, when the Akwesasne Thunder senior B club he had established in 1993 won two Presidents’ Cup in 1995 and 1997.
Mitchell would be the first coach of the Thunder when the club, under owner Fabian Hart, went to the senior A level, and he would come back for a second Thunder coaching stint in 2004.
Mitchell was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2007.
George “Jeep” Woolley - Manitoba
George “Jeep” Woolley started playing lacrosse with the Deer Lodge Hornets under the direction of Tom O’Brien. After capturing numerous minor league titles, Jeep went on to play Junior for the Winnipeg Wellingtons.
Based upon his playing with the Wellingtons, Jeep was selected to play for Manitoba All Stars against the B.C. All Stars for the Western Canadian championship. After winning the opener by a 12 to 8 score, the Manitobans dropped a close 8 to 9 decision in game two. Manitoba rallied to defeat B.C. 10 to 9 in the hard-fought third and deciding game.
The team made history, carrying Manitoba’s colours into the Dominion lacrosse final for the first time where the All-Stars met the Eastern representative, the Mimico Mountaineers, for the Minto Cup.
Jeep went on to play Senior in the heydays of senior lacrosse in Winnipeg. He was a steady team player who was able to chip a goal or two when needed. Jeep tangled with some of the best lacrosse players Winnipeg produced in the 1940s and 1950s.
George “Potsy” Burrows - Ontario
The first interview features “Potsy” Burrows, perhaps the world’s oldest lacrosse person at 100 years of age. He has been involved in lacrosse since 1926 at the age of eight. His roles in the game have ranged from being a goaltender for Brampton in Minor Field to Senior Box, a referee for over 20 years and a long-time Director of the Brampton Excelsior Lacrosse Club. Potsy was instrumental in starting Lakeshore Lacrosse League, made an honorary member of Brampton Old Timers Association and was inducted to the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame as a Veteran in 2010. He is a treasure, having played in the last few years of the original field lacrosse leagues that dated back to the 1800s, and then making the transition to the newly invented box lacrosse game in 1932. Potsy has witnessed our current era of both box lacrosse and field lacrosse sharing our interest as a nation in participation in the game.
Gord Gimple - British Columbia
Gord Gimple played on the Minto Cup championship teams in 1954 and 1956 before graduating to senior. As one of the few players who were effective shooting from either side, he scored 540 goals and 417 assists in his 11 year career. He was the winner of the Maitland Trophy a record-breaking six times and a member of the ICLL all-star team eight times. He coached the Coquitlam and Portland Adanacs.
Harry Nightingale - Manitoba
Harry, born in 1936, started playing lacrosse in Manitoba at the Kelvin Community Club at age twelve after buying an old beat up wooden lacrosse stick from the neighbour across the lane. He fell in love with the game and spent countless hours practising to throw and catch at the club or at a nearby parking lot. He was picked up by a senior league team in 1955, and from 1955 - 1957 played in the Minto Cup play-downs for Manitoba. The 1955 team advanced to play in the Championship series against Long Branch. After returning from attending university, he helped reform the senior league and organize minor lacrosse in Manitoba. He continued to play lacrosse and was selected to several local all-star teams in the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, before retiring in 1977. He is one of the founders of, and is still involved with, the Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is inducted in that Hall as well as the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Jack Fulton Sr. - British Columbia
Jack Fulton got involved in lacrosse in 1955. For 11 years he served as team manager then as general manager for the New Westminster Salmonbellies. He served the CLA for eight years and was president for two years. Fulton and Harry McKnight founded the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame (CLHOF) in 1963. He was a member of the CLHOF’s board of governors and served as chair for seven years until his retirement in 1981. He coached minor lacrosse and was the general manager of the Canadian Field Lacrosse Team that traveled to Australia in 1974. In 1978 Fulton was presented with the Lester B. Pearson Award that is presented by the CLA for outstanding contribution to lacrosse at a national level.
Jim Brady - Ontario
Jim has been involved in lacrosse at every level since 1950’s as an organizer, referee, coach, manager, and administrator. He is a winner of numerous awards for his tireless work. Brady was the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s ‘Mr. Lacrosse’ in 1984 and has been to the Minto Cup Championships as a coach or manager on six occasions, winning four times (1980, 1990, 1991, and 1997). Brady boasted a record of over 475 wins as a coach or manager of junior teams, and his record has only improved. He was the O.L.A Jr “A” coach of the year three times (1984, 1989, and 1998). Brady also found time in 1997 and 1998 to act as the O.L.A. Major League commissioner.
Jim Burke - Alberta
In 1968 Jim Burke started playing lacrosse at the age of 18 for the North Glenora Blues Junior B team in Edmonton. The team went on to become provincial champions in 1969 and he was a member of Alberta Representative Team at the first Canada Summer Games in Halifax. In 1970, Burke played with the Rexdale Warriors Junior B team in Toronto. He moved back to Edmonton in 1971 and went on to coach the North Glenora Blues Junior B team. Burke then moved to the west coast and played with the Burnaby Colombians and the Kirby Klippers of the British Columbia Lacrosse Association’s Senior B league with Sohen Gill as his coach for five seasons.
In 1980, Burke was active in the St. Albert Lacrosse club and spent two years as president of the club. He served as the Greater Edmonton Lacrosse Association director for two years and coached almost all age groups while in St. Albert. He also started playing senior field lacrosse in Edmonton during this time.
Burke won the Jim McFall Award in 1985 for dedication and leadership to the game of lacrosse in Alberta. Burke started field lacrosse in Calgary and co-coached the 1989 U19 National Champions for field lacrosse. He was the winner of the 1991 Joe Nieuwendyk Award for dedication to the growth and development to the sport of lacrosse in Calgary. Burke then became the president of the Alberta Lacrosse Association for four years.
Burke served as the Alberta representative to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Lacrosse Association for two years. This grew to becoming a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Lacrosse Association for three years and Men’s Field Sector Chair of the Canadian Lacrosse Association for one year. Burke served as the Prairie Director of the Canadian Senior Men’s National team for two years and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation in 1996.
Jim Burke became Canadian Lacrosse Association President from 1999 - 2003, and from 2003 to 2019 he served as past-president of the Canadian Lacrosse Association. Burke attended many national championships, including the Mann Cup, Minto Cup and field lacrosse championships, as the CLA representative and convener of the events.
In 2006, Burke was presented with the Lester B Pearson Award and in 2009 was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a builder. In 2007, Jim Burke was elected as the chairman of the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation where he currently serves.
Joanne Stanga - Ontario
Joanne Stanga is one of the important women who helped to build women’s field lacrosse in Canada. She was the head coach and assistant coach of the senior women and U19 women’s field lacrosse national teams for a 10-year period going back to 1993. She coached the Ontario senior and junior teams beginning in 1990 through 2005 and coached locally in Orillia.
Joanne shared her knowledge of the game as a master course conductor until 2016. As a player, she competed for Canada and Ontario and played as a rep player from 1978-2010.
Along with coaching and playing, Joanne served at all levels as a builder of the game through her administrative acumen. This stretched through all levels—locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. She worked on developing the high school leagues and Summer Games.
All of this work brought her many accolades. She received Orillia’s Piper Bain Award and was named a Life Member there, collected the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s Mr. Lacrosse Award, the CLA’s Lester B. Pearson Award, the IWFLA Recognition Award, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
To top things off, Orillia created the Joanne T. Stanga Award to honour her contributions.
Johnny Davis - Ontario
Johnny Davis is the most prolific scorer in the past 60 years of box lacrosse. In his rookie year with Peterborough, Ontario in 1966 he scored 51 goals and had 69 assists. He capped it off with a Mann Cup and a Mike Kelly MVP medal as the Rookie of the Year. Davis won four Minto Cups in his junior years of lacrosse. For eight seasons John dominated the Ontario Lacrosse Association in scoring and was an eight-time All Star. He ended his career with Montreal of the Professional League in 1975 and scored 91 points. He played Sr. B in Montreal in 1976 and 1977. Johnny Davis ended up with two Mann Cups and two Mike Kelly Awards.
John Grant Sr. and Jim Wasson - Ontario
John Grant Sr. Biography
John Grant Sr. excelled in box and field lacrosse. He played in Peterborough and was on the 1972 Minto Cup Champion as the MVP of the series. He won three Mann Cups with the Peterborough Lakers in 1973, 1982 and 1984 where he was also named MVP. With the Canadian Men’s Field Lacrosse Team, Grant won the World Championship in 1978. He also enjoyed two years of professional lacrosse in Philadelphia. In 1974 he finished fourth in league scoring and in 1975 finished sixth and set an NLL record for assists with 134.
He helped resurrect Peterborough Minor Lacrosse (PMLA) from 67 kids in 1979 to 1100 kids 10 years later, acting within the PMLA as president, VP, house league VP etc. He coached at the minor, senior and pro levels. This included co-coaching Guelph to an NLL title in 1991 and helping guide the Peterborough senior teams for eight seasons.
Grant was transferred to Sudbury, Ontario and started up minor lacrosse there. The first registration resulted in 500 kids signing up to play. That resulted in the Greater Sudbury Lacrosse Association. John was president and coaching director, where he coached at all levels. He was also the representative to the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) for Sudbury and was on the OLA Grassroots committee.
In 2007 he received the Merv Mackenzie award from the OLA, presented to the person who has done the most for the promotion of lacrosse in Ontario.
John Grant Sr. is recognized as a member by the following Halls of Fame: Peterborough Hall of Fame, Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame, Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Jim Wasson Biography
Jim Wasson was an outstanding athlete where his spirit and desire enabled him to rise to superstar status in clutch situations. He was an incredible loose ball man and short man specialist as well as a clutch play-off performer. In three years of junior A lacrosse Jim won the team rookie of the year in 1970 and the team scoring championship in 1971. During his tenure in junior A, his P.C.O. team appeared in two Minto Cups winning the championship in 1972. Jim was an assistant captain all three years and led his team in goals during his two Minto Cup appearances with 18 goals in 11 games. Jim Wasson of Peterborough, Ont., was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Peterborough Sports & District Hall of Fames.
Between 1971 and 1986, a span of 15 years, Jim appeared in 10 national championships winning six of them. Jim made eight Mann Cup appearances, winning the coveted trophy five times. He captained the Lakers from 1978 -1982. He led his team in Mann Cup scoring in 1973, 1980 & 1982 and was awarded the Mike Kelly Award as Mann Cup MVP in 1982. Jim recorded 1,431 points in his career to rank 11th overall amongst the top 50 scorers ever in Canadian major/senior box lacrosse. One highlight was scoring 11 goals and having 6 assists during one game in 1979; this is a Lakers Major Series Lacrosse record that is still held after 40 years. Jim played professional lacrosse with the Philadelphia Wings in 1974 and 1975. In 1978 Jim was a member of the Canadian Men’s Field Lacrosse Team. He scored the tying goal in the championship game to force overtime that led to Canada’s victory. He played on the national team from 1978-1982.
Jim still maintains a keen interest in sports. After his playing career ended, he helped form the Kawartha Lacrosse Girls Field Lacrosse Club and he coached the senior A Lakers from 1994-1996 and then coached the junior A Lakers in 1997-1998. In addition, Jim coached high school boys and girls field lacrosse.
Jim Wasson is recognized as a member by the following Halls of Fame: Peterborough Hall of Fame, Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Kevin Alexander - British Columbia
Kevin Alexander has been called the Wayne Gretzky of lacrosse because of his stick prowess and scoring ability. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1991 after retiring from box lacrosse in 1986. In the last year of his junior career - 1976 - he led Victoria to win the Minto Cup and was named MVP of the tournament.
A fun fact, Alexander actually played his first senior lacrosse game at age 13 when Victoria was short players one night.
He won the Senior WLA Scoring Championship six times from 1980-1985. Alexander was named WLA Outstanding Rookie in 1977. In 1986, he was ranked fourth in all-time scoring, despite a shorter career than those ahead of him.
On the international front, Alexander represented Canada four times, winning All World Team and Best Midfielder honours in 1986.
He returned to play two seasons with the NLL Buffalo Bandits in 1992-1993 and helped the team to the League Championship both years.
Michelle Bowyer - British Columbia
Michelle Bowyer captained 11 consecutive B.C. Selects women’s field lacrosse championship teams between 1983 and 1992. She got her start in box lacrosse in Port Coquitlam in 1972 and went on to win league championships, B.C. provincial championships and Canadian national championships with Burnaby’s Kirby’s Klipettes between 1976 and 1981. Possibly the best field lacrosse midfielder Canada has ever produced, captain Bowyer and her Team Canada teammates won bronze at the World Championships in England in 1982. Bowyer and Team Canada finished a strong fourth in 1986 and 1989 at the World Championships in Philadelphia and Perth, respectively. In 2009, Bowyer was recognized by the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse for her outstanding participation and achievement in World Cup competition as a player, assistant coach and head coach for the Canadian Women’s Field Lacrosse Team.
Morley Kells (Builder) - Ontario
Morley Kells played lacrosse from 1954-1961, where he won the 1955 Minto Cup with the Canadian Junior Lacrosse Long Branch team. In the 1960s he began to coach and in 1974 he co-founded the National Lacrosse League. The league started with six teams in Canada and the United States. Kells led Rochester to the championships in the first year of the league. He is also a Lester B. Pearson Award winner and was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1976.
Paul Parnell - British Columbia
Paul Parnell began playing lacrosse in Peterborough and played two seasons of Senior for Peterborough in 1958 and 1959. In 1960 he joined the Victoria Shamrocks for one season. In 1961 he joined the Salmonbellies and won five Mann Cups. He was selected to the ICLL/WLA all-star team in 14 of his 15 years with New Westminster, and retired in 1975 holding 23 WLA records and three Mann Cup records.
Peter Black - British Columbia
Peter Black led the powerful Vancouver, British Columbia, Burrards to the Mann Cup finals five times and four times his mates came away victorious. During his eleven-year playing career, Black participated in 399 games, scoring 443 goals and 320 assists for 763 points. He also shared the rookie-of-the-year award and was on five all-star teams.
Whenever Vancouver would play New Westminster, the boys in blue would stick Black on superstar Jack Bionda. Bionda would be in for the time of his life trying to free himself from Black's tenacity. Black wasn't overly strong, but he was tough and very dogged, making him a nightmare to play against. Players knew they were not going to have an easy shift if Black was on the floor against them.
After his playing days were over, Peter coached the Burrards for five years, coached the New Westminster juniors for two years, coached minor lacrosse in Coquitlam, and sat on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Robert Hanna - Ontario
Robert Hanna was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 as a player for Toronto and Jim Bishop. He won the Merv McKenzie MVP Trophy in the 1967 senior “A” series and was a member of Pro Lacrosse Detroit in 1968. Hanna was also a Mann Cup finalist for three of four consecutive years between 1964 and 1967.
Ruby Lang and Barb Cormier - Ontario
Barb Cormier donated over 25 years to Mimico Minor Lacrosse, where she shared her love for the game and benefitted countless children of Etobicoke. She acted as main administrator and fundraiser along with Ruby Lang (also featured). Cormier helped create a new House League program and served on many boards and committees. She is also the recipient of the OLA Presidents Award.
Ruby Lang served for over 30 years as guardian of the 110-year-old Mimico Lacrosse Club. She is a winner of the Provincial Merv McKenzie Award (Top Promoter of Lacrosse in Ontario), a winner of the “Tip” Teather Memorial Award (Outstanding Service to the Sport), and a life member of the Ontario Lacrosse Association. Lang is recognized both locally and provincially for her positive, community-based approach to ensure opportunity of the sport for all children.
Russ Heard - British Columbia
Russ Heard’s lacrosse career spanned over 20 years in Jr. A, Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) and the National Lacrosse League (NLL). In the WLA, Heard scored more than 1,000 points, was a three time WLA scoring leader, and was twice selected as league MVP. In 1993 he set five WLA playoff scoring records including scoring six goals in one period. In 2000, he won an NLL Champions Cup with the Toronto Rock. In 2013 the Burnaby Lakers retired his jersey—the first Laker to be so honoured. Heard was a head coach in the WLA for seven seasons and is an assistant coach with the Salmonbellies.
Russ Sheppard — Saskatchewan
Russ was introduced to lacrosse in Saskatchewan through master coach Al Luciuk. He played some senior men’s lacrosse and began coaching youth in 1995. He moved to Nunavut as a teacher in 1998 and began the Kugluktuk Grizzlies lacrosse program in 1999. Soon after, he formed Nunavut Lacrosse. The journey of his program and the amazing impact the game had on the disenfranchised youth of the region has been captured in the recent release of the full-length motion picture “The Grizzlies.”
This Lacrosse Talk will tell the story behind the initiative and the movie and will be of great interest to all who love this game.
His involvement with the game did not end with the Grizzlies. Russ moved to Edmonton in 2005 and helped found the Edmonton Razorbacks. He coached the Midget A Warriors, the Sherwood Park Titans Junior B, Team Alberta Box Midget and Bantam, and Team Alberta U16 and U19.
He signed a life rights movie deal in 2006 for the Grizzlies program and helped start and build the Vimy Ridge Lacrosse Academy. Russ moved to Toronto in 2008 to become the dean of students and the assistant lacrosse coach for the Hill Academy. In 2009, he coached the Sherwood Park Titans and attended law school in Edmonton.
In 2012, he moved to Cranbrook, B.C. where he started the Badgers Field Lacrosse Program and assisted in growing Cranbrook Box Lacrosse.
As an administrator, Russ was a board member of the Canadian Lacrosse Association for six years and the B.C. Coaches Chair since 2014. Russ has worked with over 30 athletes who went on to play lacrosse in college in Canada or the NCAA. He was a master learning facilitator for box and field lacrosse, a writer of both box and field lacrosse manuals, and has worked with the CLA coaching committee for many years. Overall, he has helped to train thousands of coaches across Canada.
Sam Seward - Squamish
Sam Seward is from the Squamish Nation and has been involved with lacrosse for almost 60 years as a player, coach and manager. As a player he got his start with the North Shore Minor Association and played through Junior B with them. He played Junior A with the Salmonbellies, and was brought up to play with the North Shore Indians Senior B Club. He played in the first World Box event in 1980 for the Can-Am Native team. In 1985 he won the Presidents’ Cup with the North Shore Senior B team.
He transitioned to coaching both box lacrosse and field lacrosse and on numerous occasions he was named West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year. In 2006, the Aboriginal Sports Circle named him National Aboriginal Coach of the Year. He has been head coach of both box and field teams at the North American Indigenous Games. Sam Seward is one of the great contributors to the game from the Squamish Nation.
Stew Begg has officiated and administrated lacrosse officials at all amateur levels since 1962 when he started with the game in Cornwall, Ontario. Up until 1998 he had officiated at the Founders’ Cup, Presidents’ Cup and Mann Cup games as an official. After that he served as Referee-In-Chief (RIC) for the Founders’ Cup and Minto Cup, as well as the 2007 FIL World Indoor Championship (WILC) in Halifax.
From 1999 through 2008 Stew was the CLA Chair of the Nationals Officials Certification Program. He is one of four Master Course Officiating Clinicians in Canada. From 2008-2016 he was the CLA VP of International Competitions.
Over his career he has assessed more than 2,000 officials locally, nationally and internationally. Begg was RIC of the 2011 WILC in Prague. Begg also has convened national championships at all levels from 2012-2019.
Stew Begg has also coached at minor, junior and senior levels in Alberta.He has received many awards along the way. His accomplishments include the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012, the 2011 FIL Recognition Award, the CLA Lester B. Pearson Award and he was made a CLA Life Member.
Begg has also been made a Life Member of these organizations: Alberta Lacrosse Association, the Alberta Lacrosse Referees Association, and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation.
Stew Begg will go down in history as one of Canada’s greatest lacrosse officials for all the on-floor and administrative work he has provided.
Tewanee Joseph - British Columbia
Tewanee Joseph was born in North Vancouver with a unique ancestry - half Squamish Nation and half Maori from New Zealand.
Growing up on a Squamish reserve, Tewanee used his love of sports and natural athleticism to survive the rough-and-tumble challenges of reserve life. By playing lacrosse, soccer and basketball, he earned the respect of many. As a teenager, Tewanee became captain of the North Shore Indians Lacrosse Club of the West Coast Senior Lacrosse League.
He won four national championships in box and field lacrosse and had the opportunity to represent Canada on a Junior National team in 1989 and the Iroquois Nations at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria.
The North Shore Indians have a storied history in lacrosse. Tewanee had relatives on the 1936 team that made it all the way to the Mann Cup national championship final, and he followed in those same footsteps when he was growing up.
“I love lacrosse. Every Friday night I’d go out to the games and watch the North Shore Indians. That was what we did, me and my friends, and that was what we dreamed of being: North Shore Indians,” Tewanee said. “My late grand-uncle, Stan Joseph Sr., he’s in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He used to go run laps and we’d be in there as kids playing in the box, we’d gear up with what little gear we had and play lacrosse for all hours of the day. I spent a lot of time in that box.” The dream eventually came true for Tewanee, as he suited up for the North Shore Indians and helped the team win two Presidents’ Cup championships— the Canadian Lacrosse Association’s senior B national championship.
In addition to his lacrosse specific work, Tewanee is on the board of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. He was instrumental in the drive (including funding projects) and getting history and suggestions for the Hall’s award-winning Indigenous Sport Gallery. He was also a key part of the work with the 2010 Olympics and the Four Host Nations involvement in the Games.
Tom Parker - Manitoba
Tom captured four Winnipeg Senior Box Lacrosse League Championships while coaching in 1974 and 1975 with the St. Boniface Clubs, and in 1978 and 1983 with the Elmwood Clubs. He won the Canadian Division II Field Lacrosse Championship in 1985 and repeated as champions again in 1986 while coaching the Manitoba Senior Men’s Field Lacrosse Team. Tom initiated the high school field lacrosse competition in the mid-1980s, organized a Summer Field Lacrosse League, and conducted lacrosse workshops for other physical education supervisors and their school divisions, women’s lacrosse groups, Manitoba’s universities, rural communities and First Nations’ reserves. As an administrator, Tom served a lengthy term as president of the Manitoba Lacrosse Association and simultaneously sat on the Board of the Canadian Lacrosse Association until 1992. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation in 1996-1998. Tom has been duly recognized with several awards, most notably the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012 and the Canada 125 Medal in 1994. Tom is an original member of the Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame and currently serves as president of the organization.
Wayne Baker - British Columbia
Wayne Baker has a life and lacrosse journey that is remarkable. The North Shore Squamish player and coach comes from one of the “lacrosse royal families” on the West Coast. He tells his story of being lost through alcoholism and credits lacrosse for helping him find his way. Baker has made his mark in entertainment as an actor on both the big and small screens. Credits include: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, DaVinci’s Inquest, Pathfinder, Indian Horse, North of 60, the Canyonlands, Futureman, Blackstone and many more.
Baker tells of his love of the game and the desire to be the best player he could be in a unique, far-reaching interview that lacrosse aficionados will greatly enjoy.
Wayne Goss and Ed Goss - British Columbia
Wayne Goss excelled at all aspects of lacrosse from goal scoring and play making to penalty killing and face-offs. Between 1968 and 1981, Goss scored 812 goals, added 1,040 assists, and amassed 1,852 points in 465 games. He held 41 WLA scoring and faceoff records and shared four others. Goss was named Rookie of the Year in 1968, league MVP four times (1969-71, 1975) and playoff MVP three times (1968-69, 1976). He was named to 11 all-star teams and won five Mann Cup championships (1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, and 1981) with the Salmonbellies. He set a WLA and Canadian record in the 1981 Mann Cup series with an assist during the final seconds to amass a 98-point total and was named the series’ MVP. He played in the 1968 and 1969 National Lacrosse League championships, winning in 1968 over the Detroit Olympics. Goss also played for Canada in the 1974 world field lacrosse championships in Australia. He retired in 1981 after 14 seasons with the Salmonbellies. In 1983, his sweater was retired on “Wayne Goss Night” at Queen’s Park Arena. Goss was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1986 and the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
Wayne Goss’s younger brother Ed played hockey, soccer and basketball, but excelled at lacrosse. He played minor in New Westminster where his teams were perennial champs. Ed’s Jr. A Salmonbellies team were Minto finalists three consecutive years (1966-68). In 64 regular season junior games Ed scored 141 goals and had 133 assists for 274 points. He was Jr. A Rookie of the Year and 1st Team All-Star in 1966, he won the Bill Dickinson Trophy as league top scorer in 1967 and held the record for most goals in a game (11). He played three pro seasons with New Westminster in 1968-1969 and Maryland in 1975, winning two World Pro Championships with the ‘bellies. Goss played Sr. A for the ‘bellies over six seasons 1969-1977. In 135 Sr. A and pro regular season games he netted 163 goals and 222 assists for 385 points, and in 53 playoff games added 53 goals and 52 assists. His ‘bellies teams went to three straight Mann Cups, winning two in 1970 and 1972.
William K.C. Cook - British Columbia
“Casey” Cook built and moulded the New Westminster Salmonbellies into a dynasty between 1980 and 1995. In that time New Westminster appeared in 11 out of 15 Mann Cups, winning in 1981, 1986, 1989, and 1991. Over this period he served as either coach, GM, Vice President, or President—at times filling all positions at once. After playing junior lacrosse in Coquitlam, and senior lacrosse for Coquitlam and New Westminster, he coached in South Burnaby before moving on to the Junior B Burnaby Cables from 1974-1978. Casey also held positions in the CLA and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
William “Whitey” Frick - Ontario
William "Whitey" Frick of St. Catharines excelled at lacrosse. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1999. Frick played forward, defense as well as goalie in his career. Frick was the goaltender for the St. Catharines Athletics who won the Minto Cup (Junior Championship) in 1947 and won the Mann Cup as senior champion of Canada a year earlier. Frick served as a backup goalie for the senior Athletics, which is how he won the senior championship a year prior to winning the junior title. Frick has remained active in lacrosse with the "Old Boys Lacrosse Association" for 30 years.