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Last edited by David Soul Dec 14, 2008 SkipChapman

Skip Chapman

Awards & Honours


  • 1999 : inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • 1968 : Leon Nicholson Memorial Trophy - Inter-city / WLA Most Valuable Goalkeeper
  • 1967 : Max McDonald Memorial Trophy (WLA - Most Valuable Player in the League Playoffs)
  • 1964 : Commission Trophy (WLA - Most Valuable Player in the Regular Season)


  • Vancouver Carlings



Down Memory Lane - Skip Chapman
Down Memory Lane Articles - by Stan Shillington


He has been called the "Jolly Green Giant" but the description hardly fits the character. True, he is jolly; he has worn the green during his career but certainly not of the envy variety, and, at five-foot-eight, he's hardly a giant.

Perhaps a more apt nomenclature would be a cuddly Teddy Bear - eager to spread happiness, never wishing ill will.

Yes, that's Skip Chapman, a 1999 inductee into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Skip was born George Frank Chapman in Penticton on November 20, 1941, but moved early in life to B.C.'s Lower Mainland where he became a product of the New Westminster minor lacrosse system. Whether it was lacrosse, box hockey or hockey, his position was always goal.

"It beats running around", he once explained.

Chipper Skipper moved into the Major Junior lacrosse level in 1959 for a three-year term with New Westminster Pastimes and an additional season with the Junior Salmonbellies. He managed a 75% shot-saved average over 56 games but it was a two-minute stint with the Senior 'Bellies that highlighted his early years. Going into the national finals, the parent 'Bellies needed a back-up for Les Norman and called upon Skip to fill the bill. He played just two minutes in the first game, made two saves, and collected a Mann Cup medal.

Chapman graduated to senior lacrosse in 1963 but, with Norman firmly entrenched in the New Westminster nets, the future in the Royal City was bleak, and so it was off to Victoria in 1964 to seek fame and fortune by lifting the Shamrocks into the win column.

Victoria's 1963 record was 10 wins, 19 losses and a tie. Skip immediately turned the fortunes of the boys in green around with an 18-13-1 record, a feat that earned him the Commission Trophy as the league's most valuable player and a spot on the first All-Star Team.

He played a second season with Victoria and then transferred to the Vancouver Carlings (Burrards) for three years (1966 to 1968), helping the blue crew to two Mann Cup challenges and the national title in 1967.

Personal reasons kept him inactive between 1969 and 1971 when he again ventured to Victoria, this time for a five-year stay sharing the goaltending chores with close buddy George Grover.

At the age of 35, he retired following the 1976 season. In 293 games, Skip blocked 7,498 of the 9,976 shots fired at him for a better than 75% average. Known also for his floor-length passes, he also earned 164 assists.

In addition to the 1964 MVP honours, the Skipper won the league playoff MVP in 1967, the top goalie award in 1968 and was named to the All-Star Team in eight of his ten seasons.



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