HALL SALUTES 75 YEARS OF HISTORY
The Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductees 75 years of players, builders, and teams on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at the Garden City Inn.
The Tammany Tigers, the dominate senior team of the 1920's, represented Manitoba in three Mann Cup finals.
From the 1930's and '40's, Eric Abbott- star player for the West End Memorial teams, who later went on to become a key member of the Great Winnipeg Lacrosse Association who rebuilt minor lacrosse in the 1940' and '50's is being recognized. Eric, one of the province's top referee, who went on to officiate at Minto and Mann Cup playoffs. He also coached numerous teams over his 20 year career. Another player/ builder from the 1940's and '50's is Ron Henley. Ron played for Isaac Brock and later coached the game. Ron Also worked to spread the game across Winnipeg> He later became a referee, officiating at the Minto Cup level.
The Hall also recognizes the career of acrobatic goalie, Ken Williams, who played from 1943 to 1969- unofficially the longest career for a goal tender. Another long time player and coach was Charlie Sabo who played from the 1940's with Isaac Brock CC, ending his career in the 1960's as a player/ coach for the St. James.
The 1950's are well represented with numerous players from the 1950's Minto Cup finalists. Representing Manitoba in the '40's and '50's was Lionel Merrick, a young sniper from Elmwood. These teams included three juvenile aged players: Mark Flynn, Jeep Woolley, and Al Smallwood, who contributed a combination of steady defensive play and a goal scoring touch. The early teams of the '50's were sparked by the West End goal scoring brothers- Lorne and Glen Christianson, who contributed key goals in the Minto Cup play downs.
From the 1960's and '70's the Hall is admitting two long time rivals goal tender Jim Thompson from the Kelvin Terriers and Dave Stonoga, A sppedy forward, from the Boyd Park Nor'Westers. The two later became teammates and carried the Nor'Westers to their first of two senior championships. The Hall recognizes the play of Kim RIdd, who won numerous league championships in the 1970'd and '80's. Kim was selected rookie of the year in the senior league in 1974. Also from the '60's, builder Sam Simcoff is being inducted into the hall of for re-building lacrosse in the North End. Another builder of the '70's and '80's was Lovro Paulic who played, coached, officiated, and administered lacrosse in Thompson Manitoba. The game of lacrosse thrives in Thompson today on the foundation provided by Paulic.
The '80's saw the re-birth of field lacrosse in Manitoba. A key builder of the game was Terry Ross, who helped form the Winnipeg High School Lacrosse League and coached two national championship field team. The 1980's also marked the start of box referee Bruce Paton. Bruce went form officiating games at the pee wee level to become the Referee in Chief for the Canadian Lacrosse Association. Bruce is still officiating today.
From the 1990's, the Hall has selected the 1995 North American Indigenous Games gold medal winning team . The team composed of players from Sangkeeng First Nation and St. John's High School players travelled to Minnesota to bring home the gold.
BE PART OF THE CELEBRATION TO MARK THE ACHIEVEMENTS BY ATTENDING THE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2022.
TO GET TICKETS CONTACT GLEN HENKEWICH AT email@example.com. Tickets are $45.00 and includes a hot buffet lunch.
let's have a big crowd to honour our Manitoba Lacrosse legends.