Now the Victoria, BC native who resides just outside of Baltimore continues to mold future lacrosse stars at the Friends of Baltimore school as well as with his All-Pro lacrosse camps for over a decade. You could debate for hours who’s the greatest to ever play the game, and there are many factors to each argument however when it comes to creativity and stick skills, Marechek is right at the top of everyone’s list. This week on the OTCB podcast we go one-on-one with Hollywood!
“He scored the sickest goals and more of them than anyone ever!” Simple and to the point. The words of IL Indoor’s Marty O’Neil who saw more of Marechek’s wizardry than most first hand. As a goalie, you play the angle when a player gets in tight to the net and hope he doesn’t score a lucky goal that squeaks by. But when you have #42 bearing down on you often you just close your eyes and hope. Many times when he was well beyond any normal scoring angle, often near or below the goal-line, he would wrap his stick around his body, back-hand or tommy-twist (reverse backhand) and find the smallest of holes in a goalie’s armour.
Growing up playing for the world famous and vaunted Saanich Tigers (writer’s note- I’m a life long Tiger so yes, they are the best ever minor association!) he wasn’t alone as a future great as he played along side names like Mike Simpson, Darren Reisig, Ravi Dhillon, Paul and Gary Gait, and Grant and Greg Pepper (who were even better than the Gaits during their minor days). That’s some serious talent to grow up with.
They stayed together though minor lacrosse and into their junior lacrosse days where they won the 1988 Minto Cup as Canada’s best lacrosse team, a team he calls possibly the best team he ever played on. From Victoria, to Syracuse, to Philadelphia – CLA, NCAA and NLL- titles followed him and slowly the legend grew. But imagine if the tale had a twist…
What if in 1992 he didn’t take a year off from lacrosse and instead went right from Syracuse, down I-90 and joined the Buffalo Bandits? It could have happened as Buffalo did draft him 6th overall. It wasn’t meant to be and two years later he was traded to Philadelphia where in 1994 he won the rookie of the year award as well as aiding the Wings in knocking off the Bandits to win the MILL championships 26-15.
Who’s his favorite coach? Toughest goalie to play against? Toughest defender?
What game out of all of them, would he like to play over again?
Also- if you want to go back and listen to any of the previous podcasts- head over to Inside Lacrosse and have your fill!Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.
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