July 4, 2013, New Westminster, BC (ISN) – Eleven new members and one team have been named for induction into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
The new inductees include: Builders Ron Crosato (Delta, BC) and Ron Winterbottom, Sr. (St. Catharines, ON); Box Lacrosse Players Dallas Eliuk (Portland, OR), Dwight Maetche (Coquitlam, BC), Bill Gerrie (Burlington, ON) and Randy Mearns (East Amherst, NY); Veteran Players Larry Henry (Tsawwassen, BC), Bill Armour (Bailieboro, ON) and John “Joey” Todd (Cobourg, ON); Field Players Doug Deschner (Kelowna, BC) and Keith “Mac” McLennan (Winnipeg, MB) and the 1958-59 & 1962 New Westminster Salmonbellies in the Team Category.
The new inductees will bring the number of those honoured in lacrosse’s national shrine to 487 -144 Builders, 214 Box Players, 84 Field Players and 45 Veterans (those who played prior to 1975). There are 17 teams inducted in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame Team Category.
The formal induction banquet and ceremonies will be held November 9, 2013 at the Firefighter’s Club in Burnaby, British Columbia. For additional information please visit the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame website at canadianlacrossehalloffame.org or contact Tony Glavin, Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame Chair, at Cell: (604) 833-7717 or E-mail at email@example.com.
Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductee Bios
Ron Crosato (Delta, BC) – Ron began as an Intermediate and Junior lacrosse referee in 1976. Over the next 30 plus years, Crosato officiated in eleven Mann Cup and eight Minto Cup series; as one of two referees selected for the lacrosse demonstration at the 1978 Commonwealth Games; and officiated in the final game at the Nations ’80 World Box Lacrosse championships. Crosato’s refereeing was not restricted to the Western Lacrosse Association. He spent 15 to 20 nights a month every season officiating Senior, Junior and Intermediate Box Lacrosse games in addition to Under 17, Under 19, and Senior Men’s Field Lacrosse. In 1995, Ron packed away his whistle to watch his son Brent compete with the powerful Burnaby Lakers Junior club from 1995 to 1999. He took over the chores of team manager and equipment manager. Near the end of his career, Crosato was hired by the professional National Lacrosse League (2001-10) as an on-floor official. This five-time Jimmy Gunn Award winner, as top Senior Lacrosse Referee, also served as Referee in Chief, Referee Allocator, Clinician and Senior Referee Evaluator. No other WLA referee has handled as many games – 408 league, 146 playoff and 26 Mann Cup contests for an incredible 580 games at the Senior ‘A’ level. Crosato is also a member of the Burnaby Sports and St. Thomas More Collegiate Sports Halls of Fame (2007).
Ron Winterbottom, Sr. (St. Catharines, ON) – This true lacrosse builder has volunteered for 60-plus years in the St. Catharines region. Ron Winterbottom assisted in the development of lacrosse at all levels in Port Dalhousie and St. Catharines in the mid-1950’s. He wore many hats growing lacrosse as a player, coach, official, manager and administrator. Winterbottom coached youth lacrosse in Port Dalhousie from 1950-1965 and at the same time officiated in St. Catharines up to 1969. He was a catalyst in the rebuild of the St. Catharines Lions Lacrosse Bowl, and a member of the steering committee that planned, fund raised and built the Burgoyne Arena. Ron was also active in other community sports including hockey, softball, soccer, boxing and rowing. This Honourary Member of the St. Catharines Old Boys Lacrosse Association, has served for the Old Boys in various positions since 1963 – he’s still active today raising funds and managing social events. In 1999, Winterbottom was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum as a builder and represented the Old Boys at the induction of the 1938 St. Catharines Athletics Mann Cup Champion team that was inducted in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005.
Box Player Category-
Dallas Eliuk (Portland, OR) – Dallas Eliuk played his youth lacrosse in Vancouver before joining the Burnaby Cablevison Junior A program in the early 1980’s. Known for his acrobatics and quick reflexes in goal, Dallas’ ability to anticipate shooters’ next move was second to none. This two-time Junior A First Team All-Star was also voted as BC Junior A top goaltender (1983) and top graduating player (1985). Eliuk was part of the Western Lacrosse Association expansion in 1986 with the Richmond Outlaws, and played in 20 WLA seasons with the Outlaws, Burnaby Lakers and Coquitlam Adanacs.
This seven-time WLA All-Star was voted top goaltender on three occasions – in 385 league and playoff games, Eliuk faced 15,110 shots, allowed 3,056 goals for a WLA career save average of 80.2%. He netted a single goal and 162 assists and won his only Mann Cup in 2001 with the Adanacs. Dallas also toiled in 18 pro seasons for Philadelphia and Portland, winning four Championship titles in seven attempts and captured Champions Cup MVP honours in 1998 and 2001. Eliuk faced an additional 9,350 shots in 237 pro games for a 76.26% lifetime save percentage. Dallas was named to the NLL Hall of Fame in 2009 and his number 35 jersey was retired by the Philadelphia Wings in 2012.
Dwight Maetche (Coquitlam, BC) – Dwight Maetche started his lacrosse journey as a youth in Edmonton. Recruited to play goal for the BC Junior A League Burnaby Cablevision, Maetche made an instant impact and was named a two-time All-Star in 1980 and 1981. Drafted by the storied Vancouver Burrards, Dwight quickly took the reigns as their top goaltender. Maetche played in 24 WLA seasons from 1982 to 2007 with Vancouver, North Shore/Okanagan, Victoria, ending his career back with the Burrards. This seven-time All-Star was the league top goaltender on five occasions and League MVP in 1988. In 378 league and playoff games, he faced 15,238 shots, allowed 3215 goals for a WLA career save average of 78.9%. He was active in the transition game netting a single goal and 318 points. In his 20th season, Maetche won his first Mann Cup with Victoria and followed it up with a second with the Shamrocks in 2005. Dwight also had six stops in pro lacrosse in Philadelphia, Charlotte, New York, Vancouver, Portland and Edmonton winning one title in 1990 with the Philadelphia Wings.
Bill Gerrie (Burlington, ON) – Bill Gerrie is one of the most successful goaltenders of recent history from Ontario. In 1976-77, he began his Junior career with the Junior C Orangeville Lacrosse Club only to move up to Junior A for a single season with Brampton in 1978. Gerrie played his first year of Major Lacrosse with the Excelsiors in 1979 and played 8 seasons between Brampton and Fergus. A decision to play Senior B for the Orangeville Dufferin Northmen surely prepared him for future successes. In a move back to Brampton, Gerrie won two Mann Cup titles in 1992 and 1993 with the Excelsiors. Bill kept his winning ways in a Six Nations Chiefs jersey, winning three more titles in a row from 1994-96 — a handful of Mann Cup rings in as many years. In 21 Senior, Pro and Major seasons, Gerrie played in 366 regular season and playoff games scoring once and adding 200 assists for 201 points. In the early 90’s, Gerrie also played pro for the Buffalo Bandits where he won two championship titles in 1992 and 1993.
Randy Mearns (East Amherst, NY) – Randy Mearns may not have been the stereotypical burly lacrosse player, but what he seemingly lacked in size was made up with heart and incredible skill. He was a St. Catharines Junior A Athletics player for six seasons from 1985-1990. In 151 league and playoff games, Randy netted 191 goals, 348 assists for 539 points. Known as a crafty playmaker, Mearns was a top ten league scoring leader in three seasons and lead his Athletics team to a 1990 Minto Cup and Minto MVP honours in his final year of Junior. Mearns played nine seasons of Major Senior Lacrosse with Brampton, Six Nations, Niagara Falls and Buffalo winning five Mann Cup titles in a row from 1992-1996. In 234 Major Series league and playoff games, Mearns scored 173 goals, 322 assists for 495 points. He scored an additional 244 points in nine NLL seasons with Buffalo and Rochester. Mearns has been an assistant coach with Team Canada Men’s Field team since 2006 when they won the world championships and is now the new head coach. Mearns is in his fifteenth season as head coach of the Canisius College Men’s Lacrosse team.
Veteran Player Category-
Larry Henry (Tsawwassen, BC) – In a game known for its brutality, it takes real toughness to last, but Larry Henry’s career showed that durability is a matter of will and not size. At 5 foot 9, and just 155 pounds, his opponents could have been forgiven for underestimating him. Larry was a late bloomer by today’s standards, picking up the game in high school. He was a relentless checker and a talented offensive threat, excelling at both ends of the floor. By 1962, as a Junior ‘Bellie, he tallied 115 points in three years, nearly three points per game. And there was no doubting that he bloomed brightly, showing that he was made for the game. Over his 11 seasons with the Senior A New Westminster Salmonbellies, he potted 313 goals and 294 assists, for a 1.67 points per game average. Henry was a part of 5 national championships – 1 Minto and 4 Mann Cups – from 1965 to 1974. He was also a professional player with the 1968 Salmonbellies team that beat the Detroit Olympics for the NLA championship in 1968. Henry was a member of the 1968 – 72 Salmonbellies team that was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame team category in 2004.
Bill Armour (Bailieboro, ON) – Bill Armour was a standout professional hockey player, but he shone even brighter when the ice was out. Bill grew up playing lacrosse in Peterborough and played his Junior lacrosse for the Hastings Legionnaires. He first achieved greatness as a pick-up for the Oshawa Green Gaels, helping them win three Minto Cups from 1963- 65. As a Junior call-up for the Brooklin Redmen in 1964, Armour helped win his first Mann Cup – 4 national titles before he was even a Senior player. In 1964 and 65, he was a call-up with his hometown Pepsi Petes, but he was a regular player in 1966 when they too won the Mann Cup. He remained a Peterborough laxer until 1972. In 261 Major Senior regular season and playoff games, Armour scored 276 goals and 460 assists for 736 points, an average of 2.9 points per game. Between 1964- 71, he was a top 10 scorer six times, and was first overall in scoring in his final Junior year of 1965, tallying 143 points in just 19 games, more than 7.5 points per game.
Armour suited up for Canada as a member of the bronze medal winning Canadian team at the first-ever World Field Lacrosse Championships in 1967. He was inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the Green Gaels teams in 1992, and earned his spot in the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
John “Joey” Todd (Cobourg, ON) – Joey Todd was known as a great face-off man, and, he had a way of making his opponents pay once he possessed the ball. Known for his booming shot, Todd was a key member of Peterborough’s Minto and Mann Cup winners. He was consistently among the scoring leaders at every level of lacrosse. Todd was born to a lacrosse family in a lacrosse town, winning provincial championships in Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget. He was on the Hastings Legionnaires club that won the Minto Cup in 1961, then joined the Senior team as they went on to win the Mann Cup in 1966. For the trifecta, Todd helped the then-pro Lakers win a championship in 1969. He scored 14 goals and 10 assists over seven games, making him the MVP and top scorer, and putting him ahead of current Hall of Famers Paul Parnell and Wayne Goss in that series. Todd also represented Canada — earning top scorer honours in the first ever World Field Lacrosse Championships in 1967 and helped Canada earn a bronze medal. In 338 Major Senior regular season and playoff games, he notched 373 goals, 425 assists in 338 games, even scoring 10 goals in one game! He was a difference maker, and the success of many Peterborough teams bears witness. On the long list of Peterborough’s best ever scorers, Todd is 12th. He was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and into the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.
Field Player Category-
Doug Deschner (Kelowna, BC) – Doug Deschner began playing lacrosse with the Norburn Association in 1970. From an early age he knew he wanted to play NCAA lacrosse in the US, but BC Field Lacrosse was in the development stage in the late 1970’s. He was recruited and offered a Division 1 lacrosse scholarship by the University of Baltimore in 1981. He was a pivotal contributor at Baltimore and was one of the BC pioneers to complete his degree while playing NCAA Division 1 lacrosse. Doug continued to play Field Lacrosse after graduation – a journey that had him play with teams in BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. In 1984, Deschner competed with the College Place Club from New Westminster where he lead his team in scoring and a National Championships silver medal. That same year, he moved to Edmonton where he played and coached his club Field Lacrosse team. In 1985, his College Place team again took silver in the Ross Cup Championships and the next year, Doug was transferred to Winnipeg, where he played on Team Manitoba and won the Victory Cup and All-Canadian honours. In 1988, he was on the move to Ontario where he won a Mann Cup with the Brooklin Redmen in Box Lacrosse, won an Ontario Field Championship and Ross Cup silver medal with the Oshawa Blue Knights field squad. In 1989, Deschner was back in BC and won another Mann Cup with the New Westminster Salmonbellies.
He was also selected to the 1990 Canadian National Men’s Field Lacrosse team that won silver at the World Championships in Australia. Doug has served in numerous executive positions and currently a director of the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation.
Keith “Mac” McLennan (Winnipeg, MB) –Keith McLennan started his lacrosse career as a boxla player at the age of 8 years old playing for the Kelvin Terriers Pee Wee team. McLennan’s love for the game – and his drive to succeed – was cemented, with Manitoba being the beneficiary. McLennan represented his province at the Canadian National Lacrosse Championships 23 times over his illustrious career (6 as a box player and 17 on the field). Keith’s impressive run on his provincial team spanned from 1983-1999 as he helped lead Team Manitoba to 3 gold medals, 4 silvers and 1 bronze in that time.
This attackman was named to the All-Canadian all-star team on 13 of his National Field Lacrosse outings, and was the division MVP three times, in 1985, 1986 and 1995. He was the Division 2 scoring leader eight times in field lacrosse and the top box lacrosse scorer in 1990, 1992 and 1996. In 1975, McLennan received National Honours from Manitoba for the sport of Field Lacrosse. In both 1985 and 1986, he was the recipient of the Order of Sport Excellence Achievement Award. But, like all the greats, McLennan is not in the sport for personal accolades. Now that he has completed his playing career, he continues to give back to the game. Mac has coached since he was 16 years old, even helping his old Canadian National Field team out from behind the bench in 2000 and 2001. McLennan’s contributions to the gamehave spanned 35 years.
The 1958-1959 & 1962 Salmonbellies Team – The 1958 Salmonbellies team finished first in the Inter City Lacrosse League (ICLL) standings with a record of 17 wins, 11 losses and 2 ties. They went on to defeat the Nanaimo Timbermen in a tough seven game series to advance and win the league title. The Salmonbellies swept the Welland Crowland Switsons four games straight for their 3rd Mann Cup Box Lacrosse title. In 1959, the Royal City club again took first place with a 20 win and 10 loss record , then went on to defeat Victoria 4 games to 1 in the ICLL finals. New Westminster met a talented Peterborough Timbermen team in the 1959 Mann Cup and defeated the T-men in four games. In 1962,
New Westminster finished second to Vancouver in the regular season with a 22-10 record, only to go on and defeat the Carlings 4 games to 3 in the finals, winning the final game in overtime. For the third time in five years, New Westminster swept their eastern opponents, this time, the Brampton Excelsiors fell 4 games to none, a feat that has never been duplicated in over 80 years. The New Westminster Salmonbellies won three Mann Cups in five years and won twelve straight Mann Cup games. There are fifteen players, from the three Mann Cup teams, that are presently in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.