Category: Down Memory Lane

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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Doug Hayes

Doug Hayes has often been called “Truck,” and sometimes “Ira,” even “Groucho” – nickname not withstanding, call him “Great.” Whether killing penalties with incredible agility, making bull-like dashes down floor, or staking out territorial claims in front of the opponent’s goal despite violent attention by frustrated defenders, Hayes always made his presence felt in the wonderful world of lacrosse. In hockey, he would be called a power forward; in boxla, he was the dominator.

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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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Team Canada 1978 World Lacrosse Championship

The newspaper headlines lamented “Canada’s Field Lacrosse Team” Suffers Humiliation from U.S.” and “Americans Massacre Canadians”.
There was little doubt that the 28-4 drubbing was potentially a grave looking to be filled. But, just one week later, the media exulted in one of the greatest comebacks ever in international lacrosse competition – Canada had captured the 1978 World Championship with a 17-16 double overtime victory over a stunned U.S. team.

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