Lacrosse

Growing up in a legendary lacrosse family, Mark has carried on a tradition that spans some 70 years.  He has a remarkable record that is hard to beat.  He played on four consecutive Minto Cup Championship teams 1972-75.  He started his coaching career as an assistant coach in 1977 and went on to coach Peterborough…

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Ernie Wasson of Warsaw began his lengthy hockey career in Peterborough in 1895. He would be the goaltender on three provincial championship teams (1895, 1902 and 1906) and starred in lacrosse, soccer and cycling as well. In 1896, the “Great Bicycle Race” was the highlight of the summer cycling season. Thirty top local riders started…

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Walter Phelan was one of the original seven players on Peterborough’s first official hockey team in 1891. From then until 1898 he was a slick centre in both hockey and lacrosse specializing in face-offs and playmaking. Phelan was considered by the then team president, Dr. Kenner, as “ a truly unselfish player and Peterborough’s most…

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Born in Lindsay, Jack came to Peterborough at the age of 4. The family settled in Ashburnham where Jack lived his whole life. In 1894, at the age of 16, Jack McCabe began his junior field lacrosse career in Peterborough (box lacrosse was not yet started). He had the size, speed and uncanny ability required…

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Local George Street clothier Harry LeBrun, was the pioneer lacrosse builder who organized and managed Peterborough field lacrosse teams for two decades from 1870s to the late 1880’s. During this era, lacrosse was the most popular sport in Ontario and Peterborough was consistently one of the top teams. The Guildersleeve Cup was the major lacrosse…

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From 1887 to 1906 Rollie Glover would star locally in both hockey and lacrosse. He captained the Peterborough Intermediate team that won the OHA title in 1902. Along with Ernie Wasson, Fred Whitcroft (C) and Chris Graham, he was one of the eight players who won the OHA Intermediate Crown in 1906. Glover served as…

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Born in Port Hope in 1859, William Henry Dayman was an outstanding, versatile local athlete through the 1880’s. In 1883 he became the captain and pitcher of the Peterborough Silver Star Baseball Team. In 1885 Dayman was the baseball representative on the newly formed PAAA (Peterborough Amateur Athletic Association) which included cricket, baseball, football, boating,…

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Born in Ireland December 2, 1882, Fred Whitcroft came to Peterborough from Port Perry in 1891 at the age of 9. He played for the Peterborough junior lacrosse and baseball teams and later managed the Excelsiors baseball team of the city league, but his big sport was hockey. He joined the Peterborough Colts junior team…

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Growing up in Peterborough, Larry Floyd was one of the most talented athletes of his generation. A standout in both hockey and lacrosse, he was Rookie of the Year, Top Scorer and MVP with the 1978-79 Peterborough OHA Junior Bees, posting 118 points in 43 games; was a member of the 78-79 Memorial Cup Champion…

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Peterborough born, Jamie Batley was an all-round good athlete, excelling in every sport that he played. He played football, basketball, and lacrosse at Kenner Collegiate, winning several COSSA lacrosse titles. He played all-star hockey from pee-wee to major midget; was drafted by the Sault Greyhounds and played a few games with the Peterborough Petes. It…

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Henry Calcutt was involved in virtually every Peterborough sporting activity in the last half of the 19th century. He was a prominent local cricketeer in the 1860’s who believed in “the intrinsic value of sports in character building”. He was president of the Peterborough Turf Club in 1863 and Peterborough Baseball Club in 1885; first…

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Clinton (Jan) Magee

As a youth Jan Magee was an all-round good athlete. He played Church League Hockey pee-wee to midget; Peterborough Minor Baseball winning the 1965 Ontario Pee-Wee Baseball Championship; was on the swimming and diving team at the YMCA; played minor lacrosse for Bridgenorth and Peterborough and five years of basketball and football at PCVS.  Lacrosse…

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Robert Batley

From a 1948 King Edward Public School Outstanding Athlete Award, Rock Batley went on to spend four decades dedicating himself to sports. He played softball, baseball, hockey, lacrosse and two years with the Orfuns Football Club. The highlight of his minor lacrosse career was a Minto Cup Championship with the Mimico Mounties in 1951. In…

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Tim Barrie

Born in Peterborough, Tim took up the game of lacrosse early in life. In his novice year the team lacked a goalie and brother Don, the coach, determined that the 8 year old would fill the role. Tim turned this opportunity into a successful career. He won four Ontario junior lacrosse titles; three Minto Cup…

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Lee Vitarelli

The Vitarelli name in Peterborough is synonymous with lacrosse. So it is natural that when Lee was born September 13, 1949, it helped extend the family legacy in the sport to more than 60 years. His father Lou and uncles, Ned and Dootch were outstanding players who were known throughout the local sports community. It…

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Len Powers

Len (Smokey) Powers was a great all-round athlete who excelled in football, hockey and lacrosse. In 1969 he played for the Thomas A. Stewart football team, capturing the COSSA championship. In lacrosse, Len was captain of the Peterborough PCO’s who won the Minto Cup in 1972 where he received the Best Defenceman Award. In 1973,…

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Bill Armour

City native, Bill Armour was a skilled hockey and lacrosse player who excelled at local, provincial and professional levels. Bill was on three Minto Cup Championship Teams and was a member of the Peterborough Pepsi Pete’s that won the Mann Cup in 1966. In OLA lacrosse, Bill won three League MVP honours, 1964 and 1965…

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John Grant

Lanky John Grant’s wizardry with a lacrosse stick propelled him to one Minto Cup Championship, three Mann Cup Championships and a World Field Lacrosse Championship. John grew up in Peterborough, playing hockey and lacrosse. He was with the Peterborough PCO team that won the Canadian Junior Championship in 1972 when John was chosen MVP in…

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Ken Ruttan

Ken’s lacrosse career began in Peterborough in 1952 and from 1954 to 1956 he was on three minor Ontario championship teams and one Junior “B”. In 1957, at age 16, his Junior “A” lacrosse club were Eastern Canadian Finalists. The following years, from 1958 to 1960, he played for the Peterborough Senior “A” lacrosse team…

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Joe Todd

Possessor of a booming shot and extraordinary skill at face-offs, Joey Todd was consistently among league scoring leaders in junior, senior and professional lacrosse. Born in Peterborough into a family with a long history of lacrosse, Joe was on several city teams that won Ontario Minor Lacrosse championships before graduating to star on the 1961…

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