When you ask people for the names of their top five athletes of all time, many will give you a laundry list of the who’s who in sports, the creme-de-la-creme and for the most part, while it’s fairly predictable, it’s still pretty subjective to their own personal memories and ideals. Well when NBA All-Star and 2-time MVP Steve Nash was asked during half time of an NBA game who his top five faves were, he threw almost everyone for a loop.
This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast, we go one-on-one with one of the greatest players you may never have heard of and that’s not a slap in the face to Kevin Alexander, it’s just that in the two years he played in Buffalo during the old MILL days, he was on a team full of Eastern all-stars, hall of famers in their own right and one guy who’s actually still playing, if you can believe it. But for Alexander, who’s already in the Canadian Lacrosse and Victoria Sports Hall of Fames, his most recent induction could be one of the most memorable.
Straight from Victoria, B.C., arguably, one of the greatest Canadian lacrosse players of all time and a legend of the game. It’s an intimate, in-depth and off-the-cuff chat with Alexander the Great, Kevin Alexander.
Growing up in Victoria, B.C., Steve Nash was able to watch some of the sporting world’s best talent grow in what has always been a very pro-amateur sports city. But he was a worldly sports guy that had a passion for not just basketball, as evident now by his unbridled support for soccer/football both in Vancouver and in Tottenham. It was his 5th all-time favorite athlete though that caught many people off guard about five years back. He listed off four very high-profile names; Michael Jordan (naturally), Diego Maradona (obviously) Glen Hoddle (makes sense), Wayne Gretzky (well duh) and Kevin Alexander. The latter sent the producers and sports world running to Google to find out who this anomaly was.
Well, north of the border, lacrosse fans know of him all too well. He was leader of the new school back in the early late 80s and early 90s. He was the next big thing from the island and his style of play left fans jaws dropped with his flash and dash.
He’s played for his club and his country. He’s won from here to there and back again and played with the game’s great and against even more.
The boys from the older era have some of the most amazing stories- if you happened to catch this past week’s Off the Crossebar Radio show, we spoke about the 125-year history of the New Westminster Salmonbellies — a lifetime and more of history. Well, Kevy has so many stories you often have to take a breather from his tales cause they are so vast and with his comedic way of telling them, you’re often sore from laughing.
He coached in the NLL for Syracuse, Portland, Calgary and now he’s with the Washington Stealth alongside former teammates and lifelong friends Chris Hall and Art Webster.
In just five minutes of speaking with him, you’ll realize he’s your friend too.
From his induction into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame (that’s ALL sports, not just lacrosse), to what’s wrong with the game today and even why he would love to see spandex back in the NLL, this is a fantastic chat with a legend of the game, on the Off the Crossebar Podcast
Enjoy lacrosse fan.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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