Category: Down Memory Lane

1991 Mann Cup

For Dave Durante, it was an incredible high to end his 18-year, WLA career which saw the Dude score 609 goals and 900 assists for 1,509 points in 552 games.

And, for the New Westminster Salmonbellies, it was the fourteenth box lacrosse national championship, five more than any other team.

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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.

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Brian Tasker

It’s becoming an annual ritual – another Tasker enters the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Brian, at 46 (the youngest of the four siblings), will be inducted on November 6, 1999, joining brother Dave who entered the Hall last year.

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Lacrosse Balls or Horse Buns

The evolution of lacrosse has provided an interesting chapter in Canadian sports history. Baggataway transformed into field lacrosse which, in turn, morphed into the indoor, seven-man box game. Later, the rover position was eliminated and today’s six-man version of box lacrosse was established. But, wait — what about lacrosse on horseback?

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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.

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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.

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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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Jim Meredith

Gentleman Jim Meredith has always embraced a fundemental philosophy:

“The person who said winning isn’t everything, never won anything in his life. The only thing at question should be by what means did you win.” A simple observation of how to live and play, indeed, but one that has carried him through a lifetime of team and individual glory in his chosen sport — lacrosse.

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