Bernie Puchalski of the St. Catharines Standard crafted a very touching tribute to the great Ron Roy, who will be a posthumous induction into the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony tonight. Anyone who has followed St. Catharines lacrosse over the years knows of Roy and what he meant to the game as a player and coach. “He was very shifty,” Whitey Frick told Puchalski. “Goaltenders today can’t move very fast and he would have got twice as many points today as he did back then.” Roy won 2 Mann Cups and was named Player of the Decade for the 1950s for St. Catharines. After his playing days, he coached and spent time in the National Lacrosse League, working with the Buffalo Bandits and Columbus Landsharks until he resigned that position in 2002. It was Roy who drafted current Bandits transition star Mark Steenhuis to Columbus. “Ron had the purest heart I ever met in lacrosse,” Steenhuis said. Roy died in 2007 of leukemia at the age of 71.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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