BY DALLAS SMITH
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The 1954 and 1955 Manitoba All-Stars will be inducted in the Team category for the sport of lacrosse on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Club Regent Event Center. Manitoba sent all-star teams to the Minto Cup championships (Junior A Box Lacrosse national title) in 1954 and again in 1955.
The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame & Museum highlights the 1954 and 1955 teams in their March Media Release. The media release states, “Perennial powerhouses Ontario and BC have met in the Minto Cup final every year since 1937 save three occasions: 1951 when Manitoba defeated BC in the west final best of 3 and again three years later in 1954 and 1955. Manitoba’s talent pool is minuscule in comparison to both Ontario and BC but the Long Branch Monarchs (ON) lost the deciding game of the best of 3 by a 7-6 score. MB faced the Vancouver PNE Indians in the final and lost in BC. In 1955 Manitoba got its revenge on the BC squad by defeating them in the best of 3 and went on to face Long Branch (ON) in the final. The Monarchs swept the Manitoba squad to win the Minto Cup for Ontario. No Manitoba lacrosse team has been that close since.”
The Manitoba Lacrosse Association would like to recognize the following players, coaches, and trainers for their contributions to the 1954 and 1955 all-star teams.
NAME: YEAR(S): NAME: YEAR(S):
Gary ALDCORN 1954/55 John CAMPBELL 1954
Jack CARNEGIE 1954 Gordon CHEM 1954/55
Bob CURRIE 1954 Bryan DERRETT 1955
Ted DERRETT 1954/55 Ross FARGEY 1954/55
Bill FRIESEN 1954/55 Ted HARRIS 1955
Gordon HORNER 1954 Joe HUNT 1954/55
Gerry KLINE 1955 Ralph LYNDON 1954/55
Barry McQUEEN 1954/55 Len MORROW 1954/55
Garry MURRAY 1955 Don NIGHTINGALE 1954
Harry NIGHTINGALE 1955 Dick PAULLEY 1954/55
Jack SHEWCHUK 1955 Mike TYMCHYSHYN 1954
Daryl YOUNG 1954/55
John ARONDEUS 1954/55 Jim O’DOWDA 1954/55
Ken LAWSON 1954/55
Tickets may be purchased by the public at a cost of $40 each. Tickets are available for purchase online through Sport Manitoba’s website. Please go to: http://www.sportmanitoba.ca/nightofchampions to purchase tickets.
Please feel free to call our Sport Heritage Manager, Rick Brownlee at 204-925-5736 (office) or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.