Monday June 18th 2018
New Westminster, BC
New Westminster Salmonbellies Retire Dave Durante’s #10 Jersey
The New Westminster Salmonbellies Lacrosse Club announces the retirement of Dave Durante’s #10 Jersey. The ceremony will take place Thursday July 5th 7:30 p.m. at Queen’s Park Arena when the Salmonbellies face the Coquitlam Adanac’s.
Durante was a first round draft pick of the Coquitlam Adanac’s in 1973 and was named rookie of the year. In 1974 he won the Western Lacrosse Association scoring award and the Mainland Trophy for sportsmanship. Durante played professionally with the Quebec Caribous in 1975, scoring 89 goals with 117 assists for 206 points in 48 games and another 14 goals 22 assists 36 points during the playoffs on the way to an NLL Nations Cup victory. Durante rejoined the Adanacs from 1976 to 1979 and was traded to the Salmonbellies in 1980. He played 12 season with the Salmonbellies and was instrumental in the team capturing 5 Mann Cup titles. His first in 1976 as a pick-up player for the Salmonbellies of which he also was named the MVP of the series.
Then as a Salmonbellie winning four more in 1982, 86, 89 and 91 . Durante was a WLA all-star in 1974, 76, 82, 83 and 84. He is seventh on the list of all-time Salmonbellies scorers with 893 points in 380 games. In total he played 552 Senior “A” games with Coquitlam and New Westminster, scored 609 goals, and added 900 assists for 1509 points – an average of almost 3 points a game. On his retirement Durante recorded a total of 1,751 points, third all-time in WLA scoring. He joins a select group of Salmonbellies whose sweaters have been retired: #5 Geordie Dean, #6 Eric Cowieson, #13 Wayne Goss, #7 Paul Parnell, #12 Jack Bionda and #19 Cliff Sepka.
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For further information contact:
Dan Richardson John Richardson
President & General Manager Asst. General Manager
Phone: (604) 250-4509 Phone: (604) 418-2181