Year Description Notes Video VidEmbed Threads
Video One: George “Potsy” Burrows

The first interview features “Potsy” Burrows, perhaps the world’s oldest lacrosse person at 100 years of age. He has been involved in lacrosse since 1926 at the age of eight. His roles in the game have ranged from being a goaltender for Brampton in Minor Field to Senior Box, a referee for over 20 years and a longtime Director of the Brampton Excelsior Lacrosse Club. Potsy was instrumental in starting Lakeshore Lacrosse League, made an honorary member of Brampton Old Timers Association and was inducted to the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame as a Veteran in 2010. He is a treasure, having played in the last few years of the original field lacrosse leagues that dated back to the 1800s, and then making the transition to the newly invented box lacrosse game in 1932. Potsy has witnessed our current era of both box lacrosse and field lacrosse sharing our interest as a nation in participation in the game.

2019 Video Two: Harry Nightingale Harry, born in 1936, started playing lacrosse in Manitoba at the Kelvin Community Club at age twelve after buying an old beat up wooden lacrosse stick from the neighbour across the lane. He fell in love with the game and spent countless hours practising to throw and catch at the club or at a nearby parking lot. He was picked up by a senior league team in 1955, and from 1955 - 1957 played in the Minto Cup play-downs for Manitoba. The 1955 team advanced to play in the Championship series against Long Branch. After returning from attending university, he helped reform the senior league and organize minor lacrosse in Manitoba. He continued to play lacrosse and was selected to several local all star teams in the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, before retiring in 1977. He is one of the founders of, and is still involved with, the Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He is inducted in that Hall as well as the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

2019 Bruce MacDonald and David Stewart-Candy

Join two of Canada’s top lacrosse historians––Bruce MacDonald and David Stewart-Candy—for a walk-through of lacrosse history in the latest Canadian Lacrosse Foundation’s Lacrosse Talks presentation. MacDonald is the author of . Both gentlemen are official historians for Canada’s Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum in New Westminster, B.C

2019 Robert Hanna

Robert Hanna was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997 as a player for Toronto and Jim Bishop. He won the Merv McKenzie MVP Trophy in the 1967 senior “A” series and was a member of Pro Lacrosse Detroit in 1968. Hanna was also a Mann Cup finalist for three of four consecutive years between 1964 and 1967. 


2019 Dwight Maetche

Dwight Maetche was born in Edmonton and was recruited to play goal for the BC Jr. League Burnaby Cablevision. He was a Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) all-star in 1980 and ’81. Maetche played 24 WLA seasons from 1982 to 2007 with the Vancouver Burrards, North Shore/Okanagan, and Victoria. He is a seven-time WLA all-star, the WLA’s top goaltender five times, and was MVP in 1988. In 378 league and playoff games he faced 15,238 shots, allowing 3,215 goals for a career save average of 78.9% Maetche was an offensively minded goalie, scoring one goal and adding 317 assists. He won Mann Cups with the Victoria Shamrocks in 2003 and 2005. Between 1992 and 2007, Maetche played 55 NLL games with the Philadelphia Wings, Charlotte Cobras, New York Saints, Vancouver Ravens, Edmonton Rush and Portland LumberJax. During this time, he compiled 24 wins and 31 losses with a goals-against-average of 13.37.

2019 Jim Brady

Jim has been involved in lacrosse at every level since 1950’s as an organizer, referee, coach, manager, and administrator. He is a winner of numerous awards for his tireless work. Brady was the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s ‘Mr. Lacrosse’ in 1984 and has been to the Minto Cup Championships as a coach or manager on six occasions, winning four times (1980, 1990, 1991, and 1997). Brady boasted a record of over 475 wins as a coach or manager of junior teams, and his record has only improved. He was the O.L.A Jr “A” coach of the year three times (1984,1989, and 1998). Brady also found time in 1997 and 1998 to act as the O.L.A. Major League commissioner.

2019 Dave Durante

Dave “The Dude” Durante was a first-round draft pick of the Coquitlam Adanacs in 1973 and was named rookie of the year. In 1974 he won the WLA scoring race and the Maitland Trophy for sportsmanship. Durante played professional with the Quebec Caribous in 1975, scoring 89 goals with 117 assists for 206 points in 48 games on the way to an NLL Nations Cup victory. Durante rejoined the Adanacs from 1976 to 1979 and was traded to the Salmonbellies in 1980. He played 12 seasons with the Salmonbellies and was instrumental in the team capturing Mann Cup titles ‘81, ‘86, ‘89 and ‘91.

As a pick-up player he also helped the Salmonbellies win a Mann Cup in 1976 and was the MVP of that series. Durante was a WLA all-star in 1974, ‘76, ‘82, ‘83 and ‘84. In total Durante played 600 Senior ‘A’ and pro games with Coquitlam, Quebec and New Westminster, scoring 698 goals and 1,017 assists for 1,715 points—an average of 2.85 points a game. He joins a select group of Salmonbellies whose sweaters have been retired.

thread: Dave Durante
2019 Tom Parker

Tom captured four Winnipeg Senior Box Lacrosse League Championships while coaching in 1974 and 1975 with the St. Boniface Clubs, and in 1978 and 1983 with the Elmwood Clubs. He won the Canadian Division II Field Lacrosse Championship in 1985 and repeated as champions again in 1986 while coaching the Manitoba Senior Men’s Field Lacrosse Team. Tom initiated the high school field lacrosse competition in the mid-1980s, organized a Summer Field Lacrosse League, and conducted lacrosse workshops for other physical education supervisors and their school divisions, women’s lacrosse groups, Manitoba’s universities, rural communities and First Nations’ reserves. As an administrator, Tom served a lengthy term as president of the Manitoba Lacrosse Association and simultaneously sat on the Board of the Canadian Lacrosse Association until 1992. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation in 1996-1998. Tom has been duly recognized with several awards, most notably the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012 and the Canada 125 Medal in 1994. Tom is an original member of the Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame and currently serves as president of the organization.


2019 Gord Gimple

Gord Gimple played on the Minto Cup championship teams in 1954 and 1956 before graduating to senior. As one of the few players who was effective shooting from either side, he scored 540 goals and 417 assists in his 11 year career. He was the winner of the Maitland Trophy a record-breaking six times and a member of the ICLL all-star team eight times. He coached the Coquitlam and Portland Adanacs

2019 Morely Kells

Morely Kells played lacrosse from 1954-1961, where he won the 1955 Minto Cup with the Canadian Junior Lacrosse Long Branch team. In the 1960s he began to coach and in 1974 he co-founded the National Lacrosse League. The league started with six teams in Canada and the United States. Kells led Rochester to the championships in the first year of the league. He is also a Lester B. Pearson Award winner and was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1976.

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