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Geordie Dean

The New Westminster Salmonbellies is one of the proudest names in the long history of Canadian sports. High in the dusty rafters of the venerable Queens Park Arena flutters the many banners honouring the Mann and Minto Cups’ champions of the past. To this exhibition of excellence hang five retired sweaters that had been worn by ‘Bellies’ superstars of years gone by. On July 26, 2007, a sixth number was set aside to celebrate the greatness of a player who wore the Red and Blue of the Royal City team — the Number 5 of Geordie Dean.

Willis Patchell

Willis Patchell

Wilson Douglas Patchell was a reluctant hero, shrugging off accolades or deflecting them to his comrades. It did not matter if the venue of life was a war-torn battlefield or and athletic field of dreams – superlatives such as “brilliant, spectacular, courageous” seem to follow his deeds. Indeed, the man known as Willis was exceptional – a lacrosse player, a sprinter, a fireman, a soldier.

Jim Aitchison

Jim Aitchison

Long hair flowing over his collar, a scruffy beard and moustache patching over parts of his face, Jim’s style and lack of grace gave the distinct impression that he was the game’s most unorthodox participant. His ungainly stride gave him an awkward appearance; he shot and passed the ball cross-handed; he charged, and often overran, after loose balls; he made many mistakes. But his hustle was endless, his desire to learn unbounded, ingratiated Jim to Adanac fans.

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Remembering Harry Woolley an Interview with Erica Woolley

Remembering Harry Woolley an Interview with Erica Woolley

Stories of Harry abound but here Erica tells of one about her father she only learned recently.

Harry’s efforts on behalf of the sport were recognised twice with BCLA’s Tom Gordon Shield for outstanding service and the Hugh Gifford Merit Award for accomplishments of instilling sportsmanship in players, their leadership and contribution toward improving the image of lacrosse. In 2004 he was Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

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Remembering Harry Woolley an Interview with Erica Woolley

Stories of Harry abound but here Erica tells of one about her father she only learned recently.

Harry’s efforts on behalf of the sport were recognised twice with BCLA’s Tom Gordon Shield for outstanding service and the Hugh Gifford Merit Award for accomplishments of instilling sportsmanship in players, their leadership and contribution toward improving the image of lacrosse. In 2004 he was Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Notable People

Barb Boyes – Profile

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.

James Richard “Pee Wee” Bradshaw

He was a star shining brilliantly in the world of box lacrosse. Then, in one tragic moment in 1959, that brilliance was snuffed out. Jim “Peewee” Bradshaw was returned to Victoria from a May game in Nanaimo, asleep on the back seat of a car driven by a Shamrocks teammate, when the vehicle suddenly careered off the Malahat Highway. Peewee was killed.

Royal City Regal Trio

Royal City Regal Trio – One was blonde and cocky, another was dark and nimble, while the third quietly went about becoming one of the greatest players in box lacrosse history. All quite different, proving the theory that opposites can attract. They began as the Newton Nuts and matured into adulthood as the Regal Trio of the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

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