Keenan among Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductees tonight

New Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Famer Derek Keenan.
New Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Famer Derek Keenan.

Edmonton Rush coach Derek Keenan will be one of eight individuals, along with a pair of teams, to be inducted tonight into Canada’s Lacrosse Hall of Fame. “It was nice. In the end, you just don’t expect those kinds of things, especially when you’re still really involved in the game,” Keenan told the Edmonton Sun. “I didn’t think about the potential of it happening. So it was certainly a nice surprise and an honour, too.” The Oshawa native also coaches the OLA Jr A Whitby Warriors, who won the Minto Cup in 2011 and hosted the tournament this past summer. Keenan is joined in this year’s group of inductees by builders Murray Lehman (Surrey, BC) and Mike Gray (Whitby, ON); box players Tom Marechek (Baltimore, MD), Craig Stevenson (Surrey, BC) and Tom “Slick” Wreggitt (Oshawa, ON); veteran players Ron Jay (Victoria, BC) and Bob Curtis (Peterborough, ON); the 1928 Canadian Olympic Gold Medal Team and the 1956-59 Brampton ABC’s Junior Excelsiors squads.

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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