The Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to partner with the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation / Canadian Lacrosse Association to bring you interviews the Foundation has done of Peterborough area lacrosse greats.
This week we are pleased to bring you the CLF’s interview with John Grant Sr. and Jimmy Wasson. We hope you enjoy watching this interview and stay tuned for more information coming from the Hall.
To watch the interview please click on either of the links provided below…..
John Grant Sr. https://pdshof.com/inductees/john-grant/
John Grant Sr. and Jim Wasson are the definition of teammates. They played together on various teams from Minor Lacrosse to Senior Lacrosse and as Team Canada members and also for the Philadelphia Wings in the early version of the NLL.
John Grant Sr. excelled in Box and Field Lacrosse. He played in Peterborough and was on the 1972 Minto Cup Champion as the MVP of the series, and 3 Mann Cup winners in 1973, 1982 and 1984 where he was MVP as a Peterborough Laker. Grant won a World Field Lacrosse Championship in 1978 and enjoyed 2 years of Pro Lacrosse in Philadelphia. In 1974 he finished fourth in league scoring and in 1975 finished sixth and set an NLL record for assists with 134.
In 2007 he received the Merv Mackenzie award from the OLA, presented to the person who has done the most for the promotion of lacrosse in Ontario.
John Grant Sr. is recognized as a member by the following Halls of Fame: Peterborough Hall of Fame, Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame, Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Between 1971 and 1986 a span of 15 years, Jim appeared in 10 national championships winning 6 and losing 4. Jim made 8 Mann Cup appearances winning the coveted trophy 5 times. He captained the Lakers from 1978 -1982. He led his team in Mann Cup scoring in 1973, 1980 & 1982 and was awarded the “Mike Kelly Award” as Mann Cup MVP in 1982. Jim recorded 1,431 points in his career to rank 11th overall amongst the top 50 scorers ever in Canadian Major/Senior box lacrosse. A highlight being in one game scoring 11 goals and adding 6 assists in 1979. A Lakers Major Series Lacrosse record that is still held after 40 years. Jim played professional lacrosse with the Philadelphia Wings in 1974 and 1975. In 1978 Jim was a member of Canada’s World Field Lacrosse championship team and scored the tying goal in the championship game to force overtime. He played on the national team from 1978-1982.
Jim Wasson is recognized as a member by the following Halls of Fame: Peterborough Hall of Fame, Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
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