Nightingale receives National Honour
On November 9, 2014 Harry Nightingale was inducted to Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New Westminster, British Columbia. Harry was selected as a Builder for his over fifty years of work in Manitoba.
Many have described Harry as the “Godfather of lacrosse in Manitoba”. This is certainly true as Harry has left his “finger prints” as coach, referee, and executive. From the 1950’s to the present Harry has worked tireless to bring the game of lacrosse to as many people as possible. As a coach Harry coached at the club, provincial, and national level. Harry was also a reluctant referee filling in at numerous games where the officials did not show up. As an executive Harry worked at the club level as an organizer and at the provincial level as president of the Manitoba Lacrosse Association.
Harry’s contribution to the game tend to over shadow Harry’s performance as a player. In the Senior League, Harry won the scoring race twice and was selected MVP on two occasions. Harry was as key component of the 1955 Manitoba Junior All Star team that won the Western Canadian Minto Cup play downs.
When asked why was he so involved with lacrosse- Harry replied: “I just love playing lacrosse”
It a great honour for Harry and the Province of Manitoba that his hard work and dedication was recognized by his induction to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
From all Manitobans- “Thanks, Harry”.