In Early in 1963 a group of lacrosse enthusiasts in New Westminster decided that, because of the Royal City’s historical background in the National Sport, New Westminster would be an appropriate location for the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. With the blessing of the City Council, the interested parties applied to the Canadian Lacrosse Association for a charter.
Induction of new members is made on a annual basis to preserve the memory of stars of yesteryear but the Hall is more than a repository of names and photos of our greatest players, builders and teams; it is also the keeper of our national summer sport’s history.
Our new Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame will honour the tradition of lacrosse from its very roots, with displays honouring the First Nations who created the game and exhibits showing aspects of the game from past to present.
The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame was chartered in 1964 by the Canadian Lacrosse Association.
Early in 1963, a group of lacrosse enthusiasts in New Westminster decided that, because of the Royal City’s historical background in the National Sport, New Westminster would be an appropriate location for the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. With the blessing of the City Council, the interested parties applied to the Canadian Lacrosse Association for a charter.
Their interest was rewarded after an aggressive campaign. The charter was awarded in November 1964, and the Hall of Fame was incorporated under the Societies Act in 1965. Selection committees were appointed in both the East and West to name the charter members. The committees met in Montreal on January 19, 1966, and 48 founding members were inducted.
On May 17, 1967, Tom Gordon, then President of the Canadian Lacrosse Association, officially opened the Hall of Fame premises, located in New Westminster’s Centennial Community Centre. Prior the opening of the new premises in 1967, the hall’s museum had been located at the New Westminster Museum & Archives on Royal Avenue. The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame was incorporated in November 1970. Since then, a steady flow of historical and championship pictures, famous lacrosse player’s sticks, sweaters, plaques, medals and trophies have been donated for display.
In the early weeks of January 1980, the hall fell victim to a series of museum break-ins that occurred in Vancouver and New Westminster. The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Irving House Museum, the New Westminster Museum & Archives, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and some other locations, all suffered break-ins which resulted in the theft of around 20 irreplaceable and priceless gold-metal items from the hall premises. None of the items stolen in 1980 have ever been located or recovered – and most likely all were melted down for their gold content. However the thieves, obviously professionals based on their co-ordination and timing, nevertheless left the Mann Cup and Minto Cup unharmed during their break-in.
In the wake of the break-in, extensive alterations and additions were made to the Hall of Fame to allow for better security and presentation of the items on display and of Canada’s National Sport. The museum is the home of both the Minto Cup and the Mann Cup, Canada’s top lacrosse trophies.
In the spring of 2014, the museum was closed to the public in preparation for its relocation to the Anvil Centre complex in downtown New Westminster. On September 13, 2014, the new location – still under some construction – was opened to the public for the first time. Meanwhile, the old location at the community centre was vacated on October 4, 2014. The official opening of the new Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame location took place during the 2014 induction dinner on November 8, 2014.
Induction of new members is made on an annual basis. To the usual three categories – field players, box players and builders – a veteran category was added in 1997 to preserve the memory of stars of yesteryear, and in 1988, an outstanding team category was also added.
The Board of Governors would like to invite you to visit the hall and walk down memory lane with the lacrosse greats.
The purposes of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, a not for profit corporation of Canada, are to:
– Foster and promote the game of lacrosse and to stimulate the public interest of the game in Canada.
– Promote and develop community spirit by the encouragement of athletics, and in particular the game of lacrosse.
– Honour the tradition of lacrosse from its very roots, with displays honouring the Creator’s game, First Nations, and the sport of modern life.
This segment represents our List of Honoured Members and all aspects of the celebration and remembrance of their achievements and lasting impact on Canada’s National Summer Sport and its importance to our culture… Our Game. Our Heritage.
It includes the Wall of Fame, the Induction Banquet and Ceremony, the video recording of the proceedings and creation of a working partnership with our Honoured Members.
This segment represents all embodiments of our museum – both our home at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster but also the growing importance in having a footprint across Canada through travelling displays at major lacrosse events and also in other public venues including other sports halls of fame, municipal facilities including places of play and civic centres and even public malls or exhibitions where warranted.
Our archive will be accessible to the public and will include digitial copies documents and phots to make it accessible throughout Canada , Accessibility is not sthe only goal however, while it will be an archive “for the rest of us”, it will also be designed to include details such as provenance, accession and other archival metadata in a format readily accessible to researchers yet presented in a way that does not intrude on the satisfaction of the lacrosse enthusiast.
The above will be achieved through a CLHOF unique (in content and presentation) web site developed in house – Powers’ Bible of Lacrosse, Powered by the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Traditional Web Site
Our website, at clhof.org, Includes a virtual Hall of Fame, pictorial tours of the Museum, located in Anvil Centre in New westminster, BC. It;s main purpose is to showcase the Honoured Members of the Hall of Fame and principle artefacts of the Physical Museum.
Powers’ Bible of Lacrosse and CLHOF Virtual Archives
The Bible of Lacrosse recognizes our aim of being the best keeper of the history of a sport and being true to our tag line of “Our Game. Our Heritage.” In addition to profiles of Honoured Members of the Hall, it includes statistics, photos, and stories, timelines and acts as a portal to our main web site, past issues of our e-newsletter “ONWARD Lacrosse,” and third party lacrosse sites including other sports halls of fame that have inducted Lacrosse people and teams.
|Initiation of concept
|Early in 1963 a group of lacrosse enthuisiasts in New Westminster decided that, because of the Royal City’s historical background in the National Sport, that New Westminster would be an appropriate location for the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
|Campaign for support
|With the blessing of the New Westminster City Council the interested parties applied to the Canadian Lacrosse Association for a Charter and an agressive campaign for support was mounted.
|CLA Awards Charter
|The Charter from the Canadian Lacrosse Association was awarded in November of 1964.
|The Hall of Fame was incorporated under the Societies Act
|Selection committees were appointed in both the East and West to name the Charter Members of the Hall
|The selection committees met in Montreal on January 19, 1966 and 48 founding members were inducted into the Hall of Fame. A List of these Charter Members may be found here or they may viewed in this Gallery
|On May 17, 1967 Tom Gordon, then President of the Canadian Lacrosse Association, officially opened the Hall of Fame premises. The premises were located in New Westminster’s Centennial Community Centre
|In 1980 extensive alterations and additions were made in the Hall of Fame to allow for better presentation and understanding of the items on display and of Canada’s National Sport.
|Addition of Veterans Category
|Induction of new members is made on an annual basis. To the intial three categores – field players, box players, and builders – a Veteran Category was added in 1967 to preserve the memory of stars of yesteryear.
|Addition of Team Category
|The Board of Governors determined that it was important to recognize the success of the great teams of the game so added an outstanding Team Category in 1998.
|A new Logo
As step before moving to our new home in 2014 the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame announces its new logo featuring our motto “Our Game. Our Heritage.”
|A New Hall
|In November of 2014 – its 50th Anniversy – the Hall of Fame moved to our new location in the Anvil Centre and is open during the centre’s business hours 7 days per week. The Board of Governorswould like to invite you to visit the Hall and walk down memory lane with the lacrosse greats. Some great pictures of the Hall and notes about its design may be found on the website of one of the exhibit and infographics designers
|Class of 2015
As of November 2015, 505 persons have been nonoured with election to the Hall of Fame – 149 Builders, 85 Field Players, 222 Box Players, and 49 Veterans. There are 19 teams inducted in the Team Category.
|Revison Of Criteria
The Board of Governors determined and initiated a motion, passed at the 2015 Annual General Meeting, that the Induction Criteria and Nomination process should be updated to both reflect changes in the nature of the game and timing needs for announcement and proper honouring of new Inductees.
The new criteria and nomination forms are effective from the 2016 Induction year forward. Henceforth, there shall be four (4) classes of Membership in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame: Player, Veteran, Builder and Team.
Nominations for election as Honoured Members shall be made in writing and must be filed with the Chairs of the Eastern or Western Selection Committees, or the Governing Board Secretary, by no later than March 1st of the current year.
|Combined Induction of Class of 2020 and 2021
|For the first time in our history the Hall of Fame inducted two classes on the same date. The 2020 Induction had been postponed due to the impact of the covid-19 pandemic and resultant restrictions on public gatherings. With the easing of restrictions in late 2021 we were able to honour the deserving members of the Class of 2021 and 2022 on the evening of November 13, 2021. A table, showing all inductees of each class may be found on the page Honoured Members.
A new logo was introduced at the November 13 CLHOF Induction Ceremony and Ban quit. The Evening Program for the Class of 2020 featured the existing logo (circa 2013- 2021) while the Evening Program for the Class of 2021 featured a new logo that to be launched effective this date forward.
|Celebrate at Six Nations
|This year our Induction Ceremony was held here for the first time – See gallery and videos capturing this special occasion. The Class of 2023
|Our 6oth Anniversary
Since the opening of the Hall a steady flow of historical and championship pictures, famous lacrosse players sticks, seaters, plaques and trophies have been donated and gratefully accepted for display.
The Board of Directors invite you to visit the hall and walk down memory lane with the lacrosse greats. Our Hall of Fame and Museum are located in the Anvil Centre in New Westminster.