Category: Honoured Members

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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Kevin Parsons

Kevin Parsons has always been a study in contradiction.Outwardly, he sported a roguish smile and a happy-go-lucky demeanor. When asked what he cherished most in life, he would quickly reply “women and parties”. For him, life was to be enjoyed to the fullest. But the façade of his bonvivant disposition masked another, more complex individual.

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John Cavallin

He is the Grand Old Man of Box Lacrosse. For 70 consecutive years, John Cavallin has remained faithful to the game he loves, first as a player, later as a coach and manager, and eventually as an executive at he team, league, Hall of Fame and alumni levels. The respect he earned as a player over a half century ago has not diminished with time. The admiration for him was most obvious at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame’s 2000 induction banquet.

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Jack Northup

The Victoria Shamrocks name has graced the jersey of many a great player of endless shapes, sizes and abilities; but undoubtedly one of the oddest shapes, particularly as he grew older, belonged to Jack Northup. One glimpse at his vast girth and you wondered if this was a bowler carrying his ball in a belly pouch or a bear taster obviously happy in his work. There was no way, observers would venture, that this person was in any way an athlete; but boy, would they be wrong.

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Joe Comeau

Joe Comeau was known as “The Quiet Man”, preferring to let his netminding dexterity do the talking. And what a statement that made: His senior career began slowly but, once it went into high gear, Joe backstopped the New Westminster Salmonbellies to four Mann Cups in five tries.

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Greg Thomas

His nickname was “T” and that is how he guarded his territory against enemy snipers — to a “T”. His journey into the world of lacrosse began as a five-year-old in his Ontario hometown, then rambled from youth into adulthood to the West Coast of Canada.

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