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Mann Cup History

Mann Cup History

It was donated in 1910 by Sir Donald Mann; prior to then, the Minto Cup was the senior amateur championship trophy. The Mann Cup was originally a challenge trophy, but in 1925 the champion New Westminster Salmonbellies turned the trophy over to the Canadian Lacrosse Association who instituted a national playoff system.

Honoured Members
Joanne Stanga

Joanne Stanga

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.

Billy Fitzgerald

Billy Fitzgerald

Billy Fitzgerald of St. Catharines, Ontario was one of the greatest players of the field lacrosse era. He played most of his lacrosse back east in St. Catharines and Toronto but in 1911 he was enticed to the Coast by a $5,000 offer from promoter Con Jones to sign with his talent-laden Vancouver Lacrosse Club – who then went on to win the Minto Cup championship that year, in one of the few seasons they managed to out-play the Salmonbellies for the silverware.

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.

Oh My!
Akwesasne Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Akwesasne Lacrosse Hall of Fame

The Akwesasne Lacrosse Hall of Fame Board was established as a result of an agreement between the CLA First Nations Director (Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell) and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame

1968 Box Lacrosse First Pro Championship

1968 Box Lacrosse First Pro Championship. The delirious crowd gave Sepka a five-minute standing ovation and, wouldn’t you know it, the goal was the nineteenth of the game – the number Sepka had worn since he turned senior 14 years earlier.

It was Cliff’s finest hour – a time to hang up his pads and go happily into retirement, the first pro boxla title in his pocket, the MVP medal around his neck and the roar of the crowd ringing in his ears.

Video

2022 Sixes World Championship Banquet Special Presentation

2022 Sixes World Championship Banquet Special Presentation
Celebrating Both Women and Men Team Canada Gold Medal performances at the 2022 World Games in the new Sixes Discipline.
Opening scenes of the oldest video of lacrosse we are aware of- 1911 Men’s Field Lacrosse.

Joanne Stanga

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.

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.

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