Across the country, Canadians who follow the sport of lacrosse would likely be aware of the success achieved by players, coaches, and teams from the Town of Whitby. From the local level to the international stage, at both the amateur and professional ranks, representatives from Whitby and Brooklin have often been centre-stage when various leagues or organizing committees have recognized individual talent and awarded their championship hardware.
At the Junior A level, Whitby teams have appeared in nine national championships since 1977, capturing the Minto Cup seven times, including recent wins by the Whitby Warriors in 2011 and 2013. Prior to joining the Junior A ranks in 1975, Whitby celebrated two national Junior B titles by the B&R Transporters in 1970 and 1974. Furthermore, teams representing Brooklin have reached the national senior finals on 13 occasions since 1964, with a record seven consecutive appearances by the Brooklin Redmen from 1985 to 1991, and winning Mann Cup titles seven times in their history as well.
This history of success has been recognized by the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame through the induction of the following teams, representative of the first Canadian championships for the Whitby-Brooklin area within their respective competitive levels:
- 1999 – Brooklin Redmen 1968 National Senior Men’s Champions (Mann Cup)
- 2004 – B&R Transporters 1970 National Junior B Champions (Castrol Cup)
- 2006 – Whitby CBC Builders 1980 National Junior A Champions (Minto Cup)
Many players who began their lacrosse careers in Whitby-Brooklin and honed their skills at the local level have advanced to enjoy success on the highest stages of the sport, including:
- Collegiate Field Lacrosse – NCAA Division I
- National and World Junior and Senior Championships
- Professional Field Lacrosse – MLL (Major League Lacrosse)
- Professional Indoor Lacrosse – NLL (National Lacrosse League)
- Commonwealth Games and International Friendship Games
Those recognized by the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame for their playing careers and personal accomplishments in the sport of lacrosse are the following inductees: Wayne Colley (2005), Dan Ladouceur (2011), Anne Windover (2012), John Fusco (2013), and Gavin Prout (2016).
In addition to the teams and the individual athletes representing lacrosse among the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame’s inductees, there are several others who have been recognized for their influence on the sport at a local, provincial, or national level. Through their substantial contributions as coaches, officials, team executives, or league commissioners, thousands of young players in Whitby-Brooklin and beyond have enjoyed countless hours of participation on lacrosse floors/fields. Those honoured by the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame in the Builder category for lacrosse are: Elmer Tran (2003), Peter Vipond (2003), Mike Gray (2004), Lloyd Gibson (2008), Luther Vipond (2011), Jim Brady (2013), and Matt Millar (2014).
With more than 90 inductees, the sport of lacrosse is indeed well-represented in the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame. Individual biographies for each of the Hall’s 230+ inductees may be viewed by visiting www.whitbysportshalloffame.com.