COVID-19 Update May 2, 2020

As the situation around COVID-19 develops, the Manitoba Lacrosse Association continues to evaluate all options for programming in 2020. As of now, all MLA-sanctioned activity remains postponed until further notice. The government of Manitoba has announced the start of its reopening plan; however, this does not include the resumption of youth contact sports. Though it is clear that the season will not go on as we know it, the MLA board has not ruled out any mid-to-late-summer programming at this time, should it be deemed safe to do so.

A decision on National Championships will be coming from the Canadian Lacrosse Association by the end of May.

The MLA office will continue to be closed while staff are working remotely. Please contact MLA Executive Director Matt Mason at lacrosse@sportmanitoba.ca for any inquiries.

The MLA will continue to be in communication with its membership as the reopening process in Manitoba develops. In the meantime, continue doing your part in keeping the curve flat in hopes that we can safely resume the sport we all love in 2020.

COVID-19 Update April 1, 2020

In response to the recent developments regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the MLA has released an address updating the current state of lacrosse in Manitoba.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to MLA Executive Director Matt Mason at lacrosse@sportmanitoba.ca.

All MLA-Sanctioned Activities Postponed Until Further Notice Due To Concern Over COVID-19

Following the decision of other Provincial and National Sport Organizations, the Manitoba Lacrosse Association has made the difficult decision to postpone all MLA-sanctioned activities until further notice due to concerns over COVID-19. The health and safety of our lacrosse family is our top priority and it is with your protection in mind that the Manitoba Lacrosse Association Board of Directors has decided on taking these measures. All games, practices, programs, camps, and clinics are to be postponed until further notice, effective March 14, 2020.

The MLA recognizes the amount of work that has been put forth by our volunteers and athletes in preparation for the start of the 2020 Box and Field Lacrosse seasons, but at this time, we feel this is the necessary precaution to take in order to do our part in keeping our community safe. Though we cannot provide a timeline on when activities will resume, we assure you that any developments will be communicated with our membership.

Announcing Toba Elite 16U

We are very proud to announce a new High-Performance travel program within the MLA.

Toba elite was put together to unite all parties within the Manitoba Lacrosse Association with the common goal of a strong 16U program for our athletes. This program in 2020 is for athletes born in 2004/2005.

Toba Elite will participate in two travel tournaments:

  • CDP 16U “A” Tournament – Saskatoon, SK April 24-26
  • Canada Day Tournament – Calgary, AB June 26-29

This program will be led by Manitoba’s 2021 Canada Games Boys team/TMADP staff:

  • Cory Henkewich (Head Coach)
  • Brett Morrison (Assistant Coach)
  • Blaze Bezecki (Assistant Coach)

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Manitoba Lacrosse Association Names Henkewich Head Coach Of 2021 Canada Games Team; Announces Full Staff

The Manitoba Lacrosse Association is pleased to announce Cory Henkewich as Head Coach of Manitoba’s 2021 Canada Games boys lacrosse team. Joining Cory on the staff will be Luc Magnan, Brett Morrison, and Blaze Bezecki

Cory, who has gained a wealth of coaching experience in relatively short time over the last 10 years in both box and field lacrosse, has most recently been the head coach of the Manitoba Blizzard Jr. B lacrosse club of the RMLL for the last two seasons. 

Morrison has worked closely with Henkewich in their various coaching endeavours over the years with Team Manitoba, club box and field programs, and development programs such as True Lacrosse and most recently the Team Manitoba Athlete Development Program. Morrison and Henkewich’s names have been synonymous with player development in Manitoba for the last handful of years.

From Pine Falls, MB, Luc Magnan is the only Manitoban playing in the National Lacrosse League. Entering his fifth season in the NLL and first with the newly named Halifax Thunderbirds, Luc will be an integral part of the staff, bringing the coaching experience he has gained as a coach at the Hill Academy and the Toronto Beaches Lacrosse Club in addition to his experience as a professional lacrosse player. 

Bezecki, a 2019 graduate of the Manitoba Blizzard Jr. B Lacrosse Club, was the leading scorer in their division this year as well as team captain. Blaze brings the experience that he has gained through his years on a very successful Manitoba Blizzard team that won back-to-back RMLL championships in 2016 and 2017, as well as a coach with the Team Manitoba Athlete Development Program. 

The 2021 Canada Games will take place August 6th-21st, 2021 in Niagara, Ontario. The box lacrosse tournament will consist of players in the U17 age group which will be players born in 2005 or later. 2021 will be the first year that lacrosse will be included in the Canada Games since 1985.