This Thursday as the Salmonbellies play the second home game of 2019 and head into Queens Park with a 2-0 start, we will also remember and celebrate the 1968 World Champion Salmonbellies. This team, who eventually had 14 players head into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame which include such legends as Wayne Goss, Paul Parnell and player/coach Cliff Sepka to name a few.
In 1968, New Westminster finished the league standing in third place behind Portland and Vancouver. New Westminster beat Vancouver in a hard fought semi-final and then went on to beat Portland in six games to represent the West ion the finals. The NLA Championship was played in New Westminster against the heavily favored Detroit Olympics, coached by the legendary Jim Bishop. The Salmonbellies won the World Championship in six games.
This 1968 team has been inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and now a week ago in the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
Please be sure to come out this Thursday and watch the 2019 Salmonbellies play the visiting Maple Ridge Burrards and have the opportunity to meet these lacrosse icons.