Vintage Lax – Lakers and Salmonbellies

With the Mann Cup in full swing, we decided to show some Vintage Lax shots of Peterborough and New Westminster

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Lakers Pat Baker in net as Johnny Davis back checks

Lakers Jim Wasson in on Goal

New West’s Mac Tyler scores

New West’s Wayne Goss pump fakes from side of net

The Grants collage – John Jr (left) and Senior (right)


Vintage Lax Update

The latest Vintage Lax updates. I recognize some kids in here. Do you? If you do, tell them about it!

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More Vintage Lax Shots

It is just a great thing that Tim Prothero is doing, reviving much of the history of  lacrosse here in Ontario.  Tim has agreed to supply some great pics here for LITG.  So I will be posting them regularly in the column to the right, as well as in posts.  The posts will allow me to explain who is in each photo.

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Brian Jones (Adam’s dad) in on Tim Barrie – Owen Sound vs. Peterborough – 1981 Major

Jim Branton – 1977 Minto Cup – Whitby vs. Burnaby

1970 Etobicoke PCO’s vs. Lakeshore Maple Leafs the eventual Minto Champions

’69 or 70 – Bob Hanna behind Gaels bench

The Grants collage – John Jr (left) and Senior (right)

Ahhhh, Those Were The Days!

With a little break in the NLL action because of the All-Star game, I decided to get a little self indulgent. I remembered that Ron had sent me a couple of pictures of him playing in the 70’s. Of course, I had just recently received an old newspaper from my cousin. My dear aunt who passed away last year had kept it from our 1985 Minto Cup Championship. So I decided to put up a few pics from both. If you click on any of the images, you can see a full screen picture.

The first is of Messer showing his prowess as a natural goal scorer. I don’t know about you, but it looks to me like he will land in the crease! And back in the day, he would have been in the crease. Therefore Messer….NO GOAL! Of course these are the days of wooden sticks and chin straps / mouth guards. Boy, oh boy……

In the second one I just figured out why all the kids are afraid of him. He looks like an angry beast. And look at the poor goalie. Try to take one off of the top of the foot with those pads and you have no hope! Of course Mess would tell everyone he is not hitting the goalie’s foot, he is putting it in the back of the net….

Okay, fast forward to 1985, and because I am so much younger than Messer these pics should not look as old ( 🙂 ), and here is a pic of us from the local newspaper the day after our game 7 Minto Cup win against the Gait brothers and the Esquimault Legion. This was on the floor at Iroquois Park Arena in Whitby. A much thinner me, I am pictured with Dave Sachko, and Steve Skene, both who still live in the area. Thinking about that last picture, Sach used to have more tape holding his gear together than any other goalie I ever saw. I still speak to both of these guys fairly often. Lacrosse teammates don’t ever lose touch with one another.

Last and certainly not least, here is the presentation of the Minto Cup to our captains from that year, Ross Tabor, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Eric Perroni. What a team that was, and what a year that was. Without a doubt, the best lacrosse team I was ever fortunate enough to be a part of.

Ahhh, the memories. Has it really been that long?

1979 Minto Cup Final – Game Video

I am extremely pleased that I have been able to obtain a copy of the complete 1979 Minto Cup Final game; the Burnaby Lakers vs. the Peterborough Centurions (although I knew them as the Century 21’s). The game that year was played at Max Bell Arena in Calgary, Alberta, and was a Round Robin format.  A third team from Alberta won only one game, ironically against Burnaby.  The Final game was broadcast on CBC with Don Wittman and Morely Kells calling the action.

The two team lists are below, and were provided by the Wamper (Larry Power). Larry has the program from this final game.

  Peterborough   Burnaby
1 Shawn Quinlan 1 Greg Pryde
2 Dan Sabadash 2 Barry Mawinney
3 Brian Cowie 4 Steve Laleune
4 Dave Jamieson 5 Gord Roberts
5 Steve Smith 6 Wayne Hinada
7 Larry Floyd 7 Lyle Robinson
8 Warren Ferguson 8 John Purdon
9 Dave Kayser 9 Mike O’Reilly
11 Frank Kylie 10 Loyd Simons
12 Todd Batley 11 Gary Purdon
14 Mark Evans 12 Guy Prentice
15 Dan Floyd 14 Paul Dalmonte
16 Mark Armitage 15 John Swan
17 Paul McDougall 16 Murray McRitchie
18 Blair Larock 17 Doug Pringle
19 Bernie Downer 19 Bruce Turris
20 Steve Hardill 20 Paolo Brunoro
21 John Munroe 21 Dan McLenaghen
22 Gerrard Cowie 30 Jim Bebbyck
30 Dave Baker 35 Rod Banister
  Bob Clevely   Chris Cowie
  Wayne Batley   Derek Milani
Coach Mark Vitarelli   Doug Deschner
Manager Ken Pappas Coach Dan Mattinson
Trainer Lee Vitarelli Trainer Wally Russel
    Trainer Dal Martin
    Manager Jack Crosby
    Asst Mgr Ben Backman
    Equipment Mike Krgovich

I had to break these files up due to the size. I was able to get the entire first period in one file upload, but the second and third periods are both two files.


Period 1

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Period 2 (Part 1)

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Period 2 (Part 2)

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Period 3 (Part 1)

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Period 3 (Part 2)

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1988 Mann Cup Brooklin vs. Coquitlam

I am absolutely ecstatic to be able to present this to you.  With the permisison of Larry Power (Wamper’s Bible Of Lacrosse), I am extremely pleased to offer you this complete game 6 of the 1988 Mann Cup Championship from Iroquois Park in Whitby, Ontario.  It is 20 years ago this summer that these two teams played this series.  I had to reduce the size to be able to upload it (and therefore a little of the quality), but you can still see it and hear the commentary, which Wamper does along with Brian Lunney.  I was at this game, and it was electric for those in the stands that were Brooklin fans.

Please, if anyone out there chooses to embed this video on their site, ACKNOWLEDGE that you got it from Wamper’s BIBLE of Lacrosse.  While I am not looking to be recognized for Larry’s work, be respectful enough to the man that has done the work getting this for all to see

Bottom line, if you take anything from this site, regardless of who it came from give credit to who it belongs to.  A simple email request (as I always do with Larry), would also be appreciated! 

You might recognize a few names in here like:

Brooklin:  Derek Keenan, Terry Bullen, Wayne Colley, Ted Sawicki, Gil Nieuwendyk, Kevin van Sickle, John Fusco, Jim Meredith, Eric and Andy Perroni

Coquitlam: Barry Powless, Jim Veltman, Troy Cordingley, Bill Thomas (Mann Cup MVP) and Paul St. John. 

A very big thank you to Larry for allowing us to offer this video here.  Just click the link and you will be taken to Wamp’s site to view all 3 periods. Enjoy…..

1931 Pro Lacrosse Montreal vs. Toronto

Another video provided by Wamper and his Bible Of Lacrosse. This video shows a Pro game played between Montreal and Toronto. A few points to note about the game then:

1) First the crease and net go right to the end boards so that there is no room for anyone to go behind the net.
2) Notice near the end of the video, even though the players are not wearing helmets, when emotions start to run high they have no problem swinging their sticks at each others heads, and
3) The ref is wearing a tie and it looks like dress pants.

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Note: If you would like to use this video on your site, please first obtain consent from me and / or the Wamper.

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