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Last edited by Dave Showers Jul 11, 2014 BriefHistoryOfLacrosseInBritishColumbia

 

Down Memory Lane  by Stan Shillington
          History of Lacrosse in BC       
 

British Columbia Lacrosse History

   Year
Events
Additional Resouces
? -  ? Ball and Stick game played by Nations of the interior of British Columbia

Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers

1872

First mention of the game in the Press in British Columbia:

 

The editor of the Mainland Guardian, on return from a trip to the east wrote:

"Toronto is vivacious, racy fast.  Th game of La Crosse has almost superseded the old English favorite and every lad of 5 with strength enough is now master of his La Crosse 'pitchs' and 'flies'.  You are nobody unless you run like an Indian and get your optics discoloured and framework battered."


1883

Lacrosse in Victoria, B.C.

 Lacrosse Team in Victoria is recorded in photo available from the BC Archives. (dated Feb. 19. 1883;  Photographer Spencer and Hastings)

 

Players shown in the photo are:  W. Wadhams, A. Cameron, A.D. Crease, W. and R. McDonald, M. Walker (Captain), R. Finlayson, H. Smith, T. Bryden, H. Beaven, William Beaven, R. Harvey.  The Photo shows Christ Church Cathedral in the background.

1886
Despite the 1883 picture cited above, most sources suggest that the  first recorded game in British Columbia was played at Beacon Hill Park in Victoria between teams from Victoria and Vancouver

 

1888
Lacrosse play had been sporadic until this point, but with triangular competition established with the formation of a New Westminster club the game gained a sound footing.


The first lacrosse tournament was held in Kamloops with Victoria beating Vancouver in the Final game.

1989

Alhambra Cup, emblematic of British Columbia Lacrosse supremacy first played for.

The game between the Vancouver and New Westminster clubs ended in a 2-2 draw.


1890

British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association

incorporated on March 22, 1890 with three teams:

Victoria, Vancouver and New Westminster 

Constitution and Rules  British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association

adopted March 22nd, 1890, revise April 8th 1899

 

Victoria = Provincial Champion 

 

1891 

Vancouver = Provincial Champion 

 

1892 

Vancouver = Provincial Champion 

 

1893 

New Westminster = Provincial Champions 

 

1894

New Westminster = Provincial Champions

 

1895 

New Westminster = Provincial Champions

 

1896


Constitution and by-laws of the Capital Lacrosse Club

Victoria (adopted May 15, 1896) 

(note first image is the cover but you can scroll through the entire book) 

 

Vancouver = Provincial Champion

 

1897

New Westminster = Provincial Champions

 

1898 

Founded on May 12th, the New Westminster Salmonbellies would play as a field lacrosse team until 1931.

 

 

New Westminster = Provincial Champions

 

1899 

New Westminster = Provincial Champions

 

~ 1890s
Nass River, O.M.S. Kincolith Lacrosse Team

A photo showing an early Indian team can be found in the BC Archives  here  

1900 

New Westminster = Provincial Champions

 

1901 

New Westminster = Provincial Champions

 

 

First recorded lacrosse game was played in the Okanagan Valley. Vernon hosted Kelowna to a 2 - 2 tie.

 

The first interior league included Vernon, Kelowna, Kamloops and Revelstoke, joined later by Armstrong.

 

1902 

New Westminster = Provincial Champions

 

1903 Kamloops Star Lacrosse Team

Kamloops Star lacrosse team (photo in British Columbia Archives)  

 


 A photo in the British Columbia Archives shows a 1904 Kamloops youth lacrosse team  

 

 New Westminster  wins its first Minto Cup (then given to the top senior team in Canada)

Photo of the New Westminster Salmonbellies "Champions of the World" is available on the BC Archives here  

 

  ?

 

Photograph
Squamish Lacrosse Team 1910-1930, 20th century

1905 

The senior lacrosse league of the British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association consists of four clubs:

(D S-C)

 

1906 

British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association Senior League makeup has changed to:

(D S-C)

 

!906 

In  September, through the efforts of Victoria Lacrosse Club, the Kilmarnock Cup (trophy for the provincial senior Championship)was donated on behalf of scotch distillers John Walker & Sons and brought over from Britain. 

 

This cup would remain in competition until withdrawn at the close of the sixties.

(D S-C)

 

1907 

New Westminster defeats Mount Pleasant Maple Leafs and becomes the first Kilmarnock Cup champion. 

 

1908

Victoria rejoins the British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association senior league.

 

1908

New Westminster travels to Montreal and in a challenge match wins its first Minto Cup (then given to the top senior team in Canada)

Photo of the New Westminster Salmonbellies "Champions of the World" is available on the BC Archives here 

1909 

The British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association changes to professional play and is renamed the British Columbia Lacrosse Association.  The "league" consists only two member teams:

 

 

The British Columbia Coast Lacrosse Association is formed on May 9th to become the provincial governing body for amateur play.

 

 


The  Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association (PCALA) was formed  with four clubs but only three ended up playing:

(D S-C)

 

 

1910 

The Vancouver Maple Leafs fall by the wayside and the  Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association now consists of:

 

 

The Vancouver Athletic Club would go on to the inaugural Mann Cup Playoffs but see defeat in a semi-final match to the eventual champions the Young Torontos.

 

 

  New Westminster Salmonbellies defeated Montréal Lacrosse Club and Montréal Nationals) in Minto Cup Play for the professional championship of Canada

 

1911

Vancouver Athletic Club of Vancouver wins  the first of its 4 consecutive Mann Cup Championships

 

The Vancouver Lacrosse Club

Front row: M. Barr, N. Carter, A. Adamson, B. Fitzgerald, E. Lalonde, D. Phelan, S. Nichols, S. Sumner, B. Allen. Back row: H. Cowan, H. Woodman, B. West, G. Matheson, F. Ion, H. Godfrey, C. Jones, H. Pickering, H. Griffith, B. Clark, P. Muldoon, L. Yorke.

 

 North Vancouver Lacrosse Club applies for membership in the British Columbia Lacrosse Association (professional league) but is rejected after being soundly defeated in two test matches against the pro clubs.

 

 

 Vancouver Lacrosse Club - defeated New Westminster and Toronto Tecumsehs in Minto Cup Play for the professional championship of Canada

 

1912 

Vancouver Athletic Club of Vancouver wins  the second of its 4 consecutive Mann Cup Championships

Photograph
North Shore Lacrosse Team About 1912, 20th century

 

1912 New Westminster Salmonbellies - defeated Cornwall in Minto Cup Play for the professional championship of Canada

 



 The tranquility of a Lacrosse Match
1913
New Westminster High School  Youth lacrosse team photo on the BC Archives here

 John Robson High School 

 

The BCLA collapsed seven games into the season when, two weeks after the New Westminster Salmonbellies refused to start a game after issues with the Vancouver Lacrosse Club, the Vancouver side withdrew from the league on July 13, 1913.

 

 

Vancouver Athletic Club of Vancouver wins  the third of its 4 consecutive Mann Cup Championships

 

 

New Westminster Salmonbellies - defeated Vancouver Athletic Club in Minto Cup Play for the professional championship of Canada

 

 

1914 

The Vancouver Athletic Club turned professional and replaced the Vancouver Lacrosse Club in the British Columbia Lacrosse Association , but failed to make it to the end of the season.  They disbanded on July 8, 1914. So for a second year in a row the professional league failed to complete the season. 

 

 

The Vancouver Athletic Club defeated the Calgary Chinooks and Brampton Excelsiors in Mann Cup challenge matches, but the Mann Cup Trustees disputed the status of one of the Vancouver players and refused to recognize the Vancouver team and awarded the championship to the Chinooks. However, Vancouver refused to turn the cup over to either the trustees or the Calgary side. 

 

Several years later (After the Mann Cup was turned over to the control of the Canadian Lacrosse Association in 1926) all references to the Calgary Chinooks title were removed from the recordsand and the  opinions of the national lacrosse , amateur athletic organizations, and the BCLA bodies (that had all supported Vanocuver's position at the time of the wins )prevailed and the VAC is formally recognized as the winner of the series - their 4th consecutive Mann Cup.

 

 

New Westminster Salmonbellies - won Minto Cup by default

 

1915
New Westminster Salmonbellies win the first of 3 consecutive Mann Cup Championships (after a two year break they would win another 6 in a row from 1920-1925 and then win once more in 1927 before going on a decade long drought)

 

 

A new pro league, the Western Lacrosse Association, was formed in 1915, but after the initlal announcement of the newly formed league consisting of teams in Vancouver and Victoria, no further mention of it is to be found.

 

 

New Westminster and Vancouver resumed play with the British Columbia Lacrosse Association  professional league

 

 

The British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association was formed in May 1915 so now there were several bodies in the amateur ranks:

 

 

New Westminster Salmonbellies - defeated Vancouver Lacrosse Club in Minto Cup Play for the professional championship of Canada

 

 

1916 - 1917

Organized lacrosse essentially was suspended for the duration of the First World War. 

There was no competition for the Minto Cup these two years 

 

 

1918 

With the British Columbia Lacrosse Association inactive, the Mainland Lacrosse Association was formed with New Westminster Salmonbellies and Vancouver Green Shirts pro teams. 

 

Vancouver won the eight game series and claimed to be the Minto Cup Champions.

 

 

The Vancouver Amateur Lacrosse Association resumed operation with two senior clubs:


In the junior ranks, the first use of the name Adanacs was made in lacrosse with the Vancouver Adanacs finishing second in the four team city junior league

 

 

1919 

The Minto Cup Trustees and the British Columbia Lacrosse Association refused to recognize the results of the Mainland Lacrosse Association  series, with New Westminster claiming that their club did not actually operate in 1918.

 

 

The British Columbia Lacrosse Association professional circuit resumed play with two teams:

 

 

The senior amateur Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association resumed play with three teams:

 

 

The other senior league, the Vancouver Amateur Lacrosse Association saw competition between these teams:

 

 

Victoria Foundation Shipyards wins the Mann Cup 

 

 

Victoria = Provincial Champion 

 


New Westminster Salmonbellies - defeated Vancouver Terminals in Minto Cup Play for the professional championship of Canada

 

1920 

Victoria withdrew from the Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association in mid-season 

 

 

The Vancouver Amateur Lacrosse Association senior league consisted of these teams:

 

 

 Vancouver Terminals - defeated New Westminster Salmonbellies in Minto Cup Play for the professional championship of Canada

 

 

1921 

A second professional league, the Pacific Coast Lacrosse Association (not associated with the Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association)  was started consisting of two teams:

Just five games into the season, on June 13, 1921  the league disbanded.

 

 

The Richmond Farmers, in addition to maintaining their Vancouver Amateur Lacrosse Association team,  entered a club in the Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association

 

 

New Westminster Salmonbellies defeated Vancouver Terminals in Minto Cup Play for the professional championship of Canada

 

 

1922 

A league under the British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association  consisted of these senior teams:

 

 

 In the Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association the teams consisted of the following:

 

 

The Vancouver Lacrosse Club briefly held the Mann Cup in 1922.

 

As control of the Mann Cup had been retained by the British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association (after the New Westminster Salmonbellies left that league to join the Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association),  when the Vancouver Lacrosse Club won their schedule they were awarded the Mann Cup,

 

 

About a week after the Vancouver Lacrosse Club was awarded the Mann Cup a match between them, as champions of the British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association, and the New Westminster Salmonbellies, as champions of the  Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association was held.  The two teams met in a three game total goals series to determine who would take home both the Kilmarnock Cup and the Mann Cup

 

The New Westminster Salmonbellies won when the Vancouver Lacrosse Club defaulted on the third game (with the Vancouver side up by the score of 7-6 after game two and a score of 1-1 in the third game) by refusing to  return to the field after a brawl broke out.

 

 

New Westminster Salmonbellies defeated Vancouver Terminals in Minto Cup Play for the professional championship of Canada

 

 

1923 

The five team British Columbia Coast Lacrosse Association replaced the Pacific Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association and British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association leagues.   Play was set up in two Divisions:

 

 

The Mann Cup was turned over to the jurisdiction of the British Columbia Coast Lacrosse Association. 

 

 

Under the auspices of the British Columbia Amateur Athletic Union, the British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association formed on July 20, 1923. 

(D S-C) 

 

 

1924 

On June 3rd, the Vancouver Terminals withdrew from the two team professional British Columbia Lacrosse Association.

 

 

Senior play continued in the four team British Columbia Coast Amateur Lacrosse Association with Victoria Garrison replacing the Victoria Capitals, and the Indians renaming their club the North Shore Athletics.

 

 

The senior league of the Vancouver Amateur Lacrosse Association abandoned its schedule after just two games when it merged with the New Westminster Intermediate League

 

 

New Westminster Salmonbellies - win the Minto Cup by default

 

 

1925 

Senior A play consists of just two clubs in the Britsh Columbia Coast Lacrosse Association senior league:

 

 

The Vancouver Native Sons and some remnants of the previous season's Intermediate League made up the Senior "B' League. 

 

 

From 1925 to 1936 there was no competition for the Minto Cup which was placed in storage by the Minto Cup Trustees . (The  New Westminster Salmonbellies claim  the titles for these years of non-competition)

 


Women started playing the game in BC in an organized fashion

 

1926 

The British Columbia Coast Lacrosse Association disbanded as its members merged with the British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association on May 12th.

 

The BCALA was now the sole umbrella organization for the province.

 

 

The Mann Cup was turned over to the control of the Canadian Amateur Lacrosse Association which abandoned the challenge format in favour of an East-West battle. 

 

 

A team from Ocean Falls, the Ocean Falls Amateur Athletic Association, consisting of many former players of the New Westminster Salmonbelliess who had gone to work in the local mill dfeated the senior league champion Richmond Farmers (9-7 over two games) to take the provincial championship. 

 

The Ocean Falls side lost by just one goal to Winnipeg in the two game total point series to determine the Western Canada final.

 

 

1927 

The New Westminster Salmonbellies took the league Championship over competition from the Vancouver Province Bluebirds and the Richmond Farmers before defeating the Toronto Westons in two games and taking the Mann Cup. 

 

1928

Lacrosse was a demonstration sport at the Olympics in 1928 in Amsterdam.  The New Westmisnter Field Lacrosse Club represented Canada with the  result being a three-way, one win-one loss tie with each of the three competing teams having scored 12 goals. The U.S. suggested a three-way playoff to decide a single victor; Canada agreed but England refused. The Olympic committee then declared all three teams gold medal winners.

 

The New Westminster Salmonbellies Olympic Team toured Holland, France, Germany, Belgium, England, Scotland and the Eastern United States.

(from Down Memory Lane  Article - 1928 Olympic Gold by Stan Shillington  available on the BCLA web site here

 

Profile on Ab Brown, member of the  New Westminster Salmonbellies

 

1929 

New Westminster Salmonbellies and the Vancouver Waterfront Workers team began competition for the provincial championship, but the Vancouver side defaulted the final game on August 3rd. 

 


Four team womans league consists of:

  • Richmond Milkmaids
  • Vancouver Pirates
  • Burnaby Cougars
  • New Westminster
They played their games at Larwill Park, Central Park and Brighouse.

The mayor of Richmond, Rudy Grauer, coached the Milkmaids.

 

The women's league lasted fro 15 years and made the transition from field to box lacrosse in the early 30's but folded after the Second World War broke out.


1930 

North Shore Athletics Lacrosse Team

Photograph
About 1930, 20th century
Gift of Squamish Indian Band Office

 

Photograph Lacrosse team with trophy
1930-1950, 20th century
Gift of Squamish Band Office

 

The Vancouver Lacrosse Club provided the competition to the New Westminster Salmonbellies for the Kilmarnock Cup

 

1931
Although its origins are somewhat shrouded, Box Lacrosse was first played about this time.  Some maintain that the game just naturally evolved around 1929 0r 1930 in Ontario when some lacrosse players in Ontario noticed hockey rinks sitting empty in the summer an moved in just to shoot the ball around.  However according to  Cleeve Dheenshaw  Lacrosse 100: One Hundred Years of Lacrosse in B.C. 1990. Victoria: Orca Book Publishers)  some sources give the credit to a British Columbian, Jim McConaghy:

 

"...[Jim McConaghy] apparently read a newspaper account of lacrosse being played in Australia with just seven men a side instead of the twelve men used in Canada, and that the Australians were playing the game in an enclosed indoor box instead of outdoors.  Strangely enough, the story turned out to have no shred of truth in it whatsoever, but some old-timers insist it gave McConaghy the idea to go to the Canadian Amateur Lacrosse Association in 1931 with the idea for box lacrosse,

 

The first box lacrosse games in BC were played at the PNE (in the old Horse Show Building) and at Queens Park Arena.

 

1931 

The New Westminster Salmonbellies faced a club sponsored by Home Oil in competition for the Kilmarnock Cup

 

1932 

Box lacrosse was adopted by the British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association on May 4th.

 

1933
Interest in the final game of the Mann Cup championship was so high that the final game (won by the eastern champion Hamilton Tigers) had to be moved by the Host New Westminster Salmonbellies to the Denman Arena of Frank Patrick where 11,000 fans took in the boxla match.  The display of talent in this series is said to have cemented the position of Box Lacrosse in British Columbia.

 

 

1934  

Formation of the Inter-City Lacrosse League  which was active through 1966 (predecessor of the current Western Lacrosse Association) represented the highest level of play in the province.

 

1936 

North Shore Aboriginals lacrosse team 

Photograph
North Shore Aboriginals lacrosse team 1936, 20th century

 

 

Pamphlet
Official Box-LaProgram -  Inter City League Hastings Park Vancouver
20 July 1937, 20th century

1937 

Vancouver Burrard Olympics (predecessor of the current Maple Ridge Burrards) are founded by by Les Dickinson, Bill Calder, and Ed Bayley of the Burrard Liberal Association

 

 

Trail Senior Lacrosse Team are the West Kootenay Lacrosse Champions

photo

1938 

Vancouver drops the word "Olympics" and play as the Vancouver Burrards from 1938-1949  

 

1939 

The New Westminster Adanacs win the Mann Cup 

 

In what has been called the "fieriest victory celebration in B.C. Sports History," they staged their Fiery Celebration on the main street in town; setting fire to four cords of wood (about 8 of today's full sized pickup trucks with wood tossed in till the pile is even to the top of the cab) that they had dumped into  the middle of Columbia Street,  they partied along with supporters until nothing but warm ashes remained.

 

1941 

The Trail Golden Bears won the second game of the best of three series but still fell to the Richmond Farmers in competition for the Kilmarnock Cup

 

1942

1942 Mann Cup 
1944

 1944 Mann Cup Mixup

1945 

The Vancouver Burrards win the Mann Cup 

 

1947 

The New Westminster Adanacs win the Mann Cup

 

 

In competition for the Kilmarnock Cup the Rossland Redmen fell to the New Westminster Adanacs 

 

1948

 1948 Mann Cup 

1949 

The Vancouver Burrards win the Mann Cup

 

1950 

Vancouver becomes the Vancouver Burrard Westerns 

 

A Victoria Senior team joined the Inter-City Lacrosse League and played under the name Victoria Shamrocks  (1950 - 1982) 

 

The Richmond Farmers move to Kerrisdale and are dubbed the Richmond-Kerrisdale Arkays

 

1951 

The merger of the New Westminster Senior Team results in the formation of the New Westminster Commandos

 

The merger of the two Vancouver Senior Team results in the formation of the Vancouver Combines

 



Mann Cup Follies

1952 

The New Westminster Commandos team is renamed and plays as the New Westminster Salmonacs for 1952-53

 

Vancouver Combines Team, to reflect their new sponsorship, play as the Vancouver Pilseners for 1952 - 1958 seasons

 

 

 

 1952 Minto Cup

1954 

New Westminster Salmonacs are renamed and play as the New Westminster Royals

 

1955 

New Westminster Royals team returns to the New Westminster Salmonbellies name

 

The PNE Indians were renamed the Mount Pleasant Indians

 

The Nanaimo Native Sons were renamed the Nanaimo Timbermen 

 

 

The Victoria Shamrocks win the Mann Cup 

 

1956 

The Nanaimo Timbermen win the Mann Cup 

1956 Mann Cup 

1957 

The Victoria Shamrocks win the Mann Cup

1957 Mann Cup Fiasco 

1958 

The New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup 

 

1959 

New Westminster Salmonbellies Team plays as the New Westminster O’Keefes for 1959 - 1966

 

Vancouver Pilsners Team plays as the Vancouver Carlings for 1959-1969

 

The Nanaimo Timberman play as the Nanaimo Labatts

 

The Inter-City Lacrosse League thus consisted of the following teams:

 

  The New Westminster O'Keefes   win the Mann Cup 1959 Mann Cup 

1961 

The Vancouver Burrards win the Mann Cup 

1961 Minto Cup

1962 

The Burnaby Norburns moved up from junior level to the senior level and the Inter-City Lacrosse League played for one year with five teams.

 

 

The New Westminster O'Keefes  win the Mann Cup

 

1963 

The Vancouver Carlings win the Mann Cup 

 

1964 The Vancouver Carlings win the Mann Cup  

1965

The Nanaimo Labatts  take a leave of absence from the Inter-City Lacrosse League and later disband

 

A new club, the Coquitlam Adanacs,  joins the senior lacrosse ranks, so the league now consists of four teams:

  • xxx
  • xxx
  • xxx
  • xxx

 

 

The New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup 

 

1967 

The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame was the brain child of Tom Gordon.  He was ably supported by Jack Fulton, Harry McKnight, Art Daoust, and Bill Ellison.  

 

It was first proposed in 1963 at a CLA Annual Meeting, and adopted at the next CLA AGM. It was registered with the BC Societies Act in 1965.  At the CLA AGM in Montreal on January 19, 1966, forty-eight first members were inducted to the Hall. 

 

As a result of continued effort by Jack Fulton, supported by Harry McKnight and Don Benson,  the official opening of the Hall as part of New Westminster Parks Board, took place on May 17, 1967.

 

 

Don Benson took the first Bantam touring team to Ontario and Quebec ending at Expo 67.

 

 

New Westminster O'Keefes Senior Team, the  returns to the New Westminster Salmonbellies name 

 

  The Vancouver Carlings win the Mann Cup  

1968 

Formation of the National Lacrosse Association (Western Division) (professional predecessor to the Western Lacrosse Association)

 

Coquitlam Adanacs team moves to Oregon and becomes the Portland Adanacs

 



Box Lacrosse First Pro Championship

1969 

Formation of the present day Western Lacrosse Association (and return to amateur status after the brief foray into professional play for the senior teams)

 

Portland Adanacs team returns to BC and resumes play as the Coquitlam Adanacs

 

1970 

Vancouver Carlings Senior Team returns to the Vancouver Burrards name for 1970-1993

 

 

New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup 

 

1972 

New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup

 

1974 

New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup

 

1975 Vancouver Burrards win the Mann Cup  
1976 New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup  
1977 Vancouver Burrards win the Mann Cup  
1978

 Canada, 1978 Champions
1979  Victoria Shamrocks win the Mann Cup  
1980

First World Box Lacrosse Championship - 'Nations in 80 held in Vancouver

Nations in '80 

1981 New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup  

1983 

Victoria Senior Team plays under the name Victoria Payless  (1983-1993) and wins the Mann Cup

 

1986 

Richmond Outlaws join in Western Lacrosse Association play 

 

 

New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup 

 

1989 New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup  

1990 

Richmond Outlaws move and become the Burnaby Lakers Senior A team 

 

1991 New Westminster Salmonbellies win the Mann Cup 1991 Mann Cup 

1993 

Burrards move and become the Surrey Burrards (1994-1995) 

 

1994

Field Lacrosse was the demonstration sport at the Commonwealth Games (held in Victoria)

 

1994 

Victoria Senior Team returns to the Victoria Shamrocks name

North Shore Indians join the Western Lacrosse Association 

 

1995 

Surrey Burrards move and become the Maple Ridge Burrards

 

1997 Victoria Shamrocks win the Mann Cup  
1999 Victoria Shamrocks win the Mann Cup  

2000 

North Shore Indians move to Kelowna and become the Okanagan Thunder (2000 - 2001)

 

2001 Coquitlam Adanacs win the Mann Cup  


 Draft, 2001
2002

Okanagan Thunder return to North Vancouver as the North Shore Thunder (2002 - 2003)

 


 Draft, 2002
2003 North Shore Thunder relocate and become the Langley Thunder  

 

Victoria Shamrocks win the Mann Cup

 

2005 Nanaimo Timbermen join the Western Lacrosse Association  
  Victoria Shamrocks win the Mann Cup  

 

 


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