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Big day for Salmonbellies as Robinson and 1980’s dynasty team inducted into Hall of Fame.
New Westminster, BC – It was a great day for New Westminster on Tuesday as the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame announced the addition of Lyle Robinson into the Player Category and the 1980-89 Salmonbellies in the Team Category.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled with these additions,” said Bellies President, Paul Horn. “Those 80’s teams were true powerhouses, and one of the keys to their success was Lyle. Seeing him enter the hall at the same time as his teammates is something special.”
Derek Malawsky, who played with the Bellies from 95-97, will also be inducted, joining his brother Curt (inducted in 2015).
The CLHoF will also induct players Eric Perroni and Bob Watson, veteran Chuck Li, builders Pierre Filion and Steve Govett in their class of 2021.
The Hall will host its induction ceremony in November, officially adding both the 2021 and the 2020 inductees at that time.
Lyle Robinson – Lyle played his Junior career with the Burnaby Cablevision Junior Team. He won a Minto Cup in 1978 and 1979. He was the Captain for the Junior Team in 1980.
He was the #1 Draft pick for the New Westminster Salmonbellies in 1980. They were looking for an all round player, and they got that in Lyle. The team management liked his size, his very aggressive attitude towards the game – especially his enthusiasm for defence. At this aspect of the game he excelled. He was also more than capable at the other end, scoring many clutch goals for the winning team. His ability to spring others in to the clear through intelligent blocks and pursuit of loose balls are what made Lyle an offensive force.
He played with the Senior Salmonbellies from 1981 to 1989 and was the Assistant Captain from 1986 to 1989, when he retired.
He participated in 6 Mann Cups appearances in 9 seasons, with 3 Mann Cup wins in 1981, 1986 and 1989.
He was a member of the last Salmonbellies team to win the Mann Cup back East, against Brooklin.
After his retirement from playing Senior Lacrosse, he coached the Junior Salmonbellies along with his old teammates, Shawn Quinlan, Bob Johnson, and Geordie Dean, continuing to give back to the sport.
1980 – 1989 Senior Salmonbellies Team
In the ten-year period of 1980 -1989 the Salmonbellies competed in 7 Mann Cup Championships, winning the Canadian Championship 3 times (1981, 1986, 1989). Above all else, the Salmonbellies had an outstanding cohort of players, the core of which were with the team during much of this 10 year stretch. In fact, 11 of the players who are in the 1980 team picture are in the 1989 team picture and 18 members of these teams have been Inducted as Honoured Members of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Consistent and elite level commitment at the Club Executive Level filtered down to the coaching staff and players and from these teams 10 members went on to coach at the minor level and 18 members coached at the elite level after their playing careers. With the recent announcement that Lyle Robinson will be inducted in to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, there will now be 19 members from this era in the Hall of Fame.
The Mike Kelly Memorial Medal has been awarded to a New Westminster Salmonbellie Player four time in this time -
1981 – Wayne Goss
1986 – Geordie Dean
1987- Eric Cowieson
1989 – Ben Hietljes
There are 11 Salmonbellies from this time who are listed on the “All Time Mann Cup Individual Statistics & Records” top 100.
Wayne Goss is in the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame as a player, and a member of the 1968 Salmonbellies Team. He is also an honoured member of the CLHoF,
Eric Cowieson has been inducted into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame, as well as being an honoured member of the CLHoF.
He also has the record to Most Mann Cup Games (62), Most Mann Cup Series (11)
Paul Dal Monte is a member of the CLHoF and the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame.
18 of the team members are in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
10 members have coached at the minor lacrosse level.
18 members have coached at the elite level after their playing careers.
Consistent and elite level commitment at the executive level filtered down to the coaching staff and players.
Four players from this time have had their numbers retired and banners hang in their honour in Queen's Park Arena. - Geordie Dean #5, Eric Cowieson #6, Dave Durante #10, Wayne Goss #13