Troy Cordingley Induction Video

Troy Cordingley was at the top of the game throughout his distinguished career. He was a top scorer in 5 years of Jr A and 12 years in Major/Sr A and with multiple Mann Cup and NLL Championship teams. During this span he was Assistant Captain for many teams and a team leader.

In his Junior A lacrosse career in1985 & 87 he was 3rd in OLA Jr A scoring, in 1988 top scorer & MVP BCLA Jr A and in1992 & 93 2nd in OLA MSL scoring. In 1995 he was the top scorer in OLA MSL (Bucko McDonald Memorial Trophy). In 1988, playing for the Coquitlam Adanacs of the BCLA Jr A Series, he won the Bill Dickson Trophy as top scorer, the Most Valuable Player in and was 1st Team All Star.

He played 12 seasons for MSL/ WLA for Brampton Six nations & Coquitlam.

With the Major Brampton Excelsiors 1989-90;92-94; and 99-2000 he was with the winning Mann Cup team 1992-93. He was also with the Major Six Nations Chiefs 1995-97 a team winning Mann Cup Champions 1995-96 and with the Coquitlam Adanacs in 1991 & 1998 with the team being Mann Cup Finalists in 1998.

In total he was with Mann Cup Champion 6 times – 4x player (92,93,95,96) and 2x coach (2009 & 2011) while in professional close he was with NLL Champion teams 4 times – 2 x player (93,95) and 2 x coach (2009 & 2011).

In professional lacrosse, Troy played 8 NLL seasons for Buffalo, Albany, and Rochester and while with the Buffalo Bandits NLL from 1993-99 during the team were Champion Cup Champions in 1993 & 1996.

Troy was honoured to play Team Canada Men’s Field 1994, the World Championship Bronze Medalist.

What did you first think about and feel when hearing the news of your induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame?

I was totally caught off guard to be honest. When Matt called me to give me the good news, I was shocked at first. I was speechless for a little bit, and really didn’t know what to say. I eventually caught wind and remember saying to Matt “wow, this is unreal”.

Then for the next minute I couldn’t thank Matt enough for letting me know. Once things settled in, all I could think about was when I first began playing lacrosse and how I spent a lot of hours with my dad driving me to my games. It definitely brought back a lot of memories.

What are one or two special or memorable moments or achievements that you feel were special highlights in your lacrosse career?

The special highlights in my career were winning championships. I was very lucky to be on some very good teams that were successful. The thing I am most proud of is the work and sacrifices that it took for my teammates and I to be successful to win.

But my most memorable moment in the game of lacrosse was when my oldest daughter Aurora and her Team Canada U19 teammates won the World Championship in 2015. It was such an incredible moment watching those young women do what most people thought was impossible and beat Team USA in the finals. I can’t tell you how proud I was of my daughter and her teammates, as well as being a Canadian that day. It was a reminder, that nothing beats hard work, commitment and determination.

Were there any critical decisions that changed your path?

I don’t think it as a critical decision, but my wife and daughters encouraging me to get more involved with the women’s box lacrosse game. It has been an eye opener in the most positive way. I’ve gained such a greater appreciation for the game of lacrosse, and it’s opened up a whole new perspective, conversations and insights from high compete female athletes and coaches. I look forward to continuing this journey.

Are there special individuals whose support or influence made a difference in your journey?

First and foremost, my mom and dad. My dad pushed me to be the best teammate I could be. He taught me there is no substitute for hard work, and to respect the game and its past as much as I could. My mom was my biggest fan who was there for me when things didn’t go as planned.

All my coaches, that were patient with me and took the time out of their lives to help me succeed and keep me going in the right direction. My teammates, for trusting me, believing in me and making my playing career so enjoyable.

My wife for all her support and encouragement, especially as my playing career was winding down. My 4 children, Aurora, Bryce, Cade and Dacia for carrying on the lacrosse tradition in our family and for listening to my old stories, even if they heard them a few times.

Finally, my mentor, Terry Sanderson. For teaching me more about the game and life than I could ever imagine.

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