There are a number of families that are synonymous with the game of lacrosse. The Thomas family is one of them.

Join Steve and Ron Thomas as they tell stories of their lacrosse careers at the local to international levels as both amateurs and professionals.

Thomas Family - Lacrosse Legends

by Steve and Ron Thomas | First Nations

Steve ‘s playing career went from 1960 -1984. He played for Akwesasne/St. Regis through Bantam,Midget, Junior and Senior. During this time he helped to organize the St. Regis Lacrosse Program. He was offered a full scholarship to Syracuse University in 1967. Steve played on championship teams with the St. Regis Jr. Braves in 1969, 70 and 71 and was a Canadian Jr. B finalist in 1971.

He was known as a “hardrock” defenseman playing for Ross Powless in 1971 and 1972 on the Rochester Iroquois in the Can-Am Pro League.

In 1974 he was drafted by Montreal in the National Lacrosse League.
Steve continued to play on many Championship teams in the Quebec Sr. League for the Akwesasne Warriors.

He was presented with the John Ferguson Best Defenseman Trophy 3 times.
After his playing days were over he continued to contribute to the game as a coach, certified referee, Indigenous Director for the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of fame and Co-founder of the Akwesasne LacrosseHall of Fame in 1998.

Ron Thomas lists renowned ancestors as those who helped mold his game. His father was Angus Thomas and grandfather was Thomas P. Thomas – both Hall of Famers. Ron played for the St. Regis Indians Lacrosse Club and the Valleyfield Braves in the 60’s.

He excelled at defense and played with Frank Benedict, Abe Thomas, and Larry Martin. He was employed as an ironworker and spent a great deal of
time and energy driving from jobs in the USA to make games on the weekends.

There are currently 17 Thomas family members in the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

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