Chilliwack Mustangs Lacrosse Team, 1938-1939.
Front row: Andy Prest, Don Curwen.
Middle row, left to right: Buck Berry, Ralph Ballam, Lloyd Chadsey, Bud Hatch, Gar Taylor, Pat Theal.
Back row, left to right: Bob Caldwell, Oliver Ballam, Dick Trott, Guy Curwen, George Fogg, Russ (Skinner Squirel) McKee, Ken Edmonds, and Rolly Nosworthy
The History of the Chilliwack Mustangs
In 1912, green and yellow were chosen by the junior team for the Chilliwack colours. That year saw the first meeting between a Chilliwack team and a New Westminster team. Travelling to the Royal City, the juniors expected to be facing the New Westminster East End juniors but instead the schoolboys arrived to face a combined squad of intermediates, juniors, and even senior players. The result never in doubt, the Chilliwack team tried its best in a 15-0 losing effort.
It would take many years to see lacrosse revived again in Chilliwack. While Harry Fogg was the driving force in the 1930s, the post-war revival of the sport in Chilliwack would come from Albert Frey and support from the local Elks Lodge. A new lacrosse box was built in 1949, made from 6000 feet of two inch planking and 60 old telephone poles, and the Mustangs found themselves accepted back into the British Columbia Lacrosse Association.
On June 26, 1949, Mustangs Juvenile B’s played the first game by any Chilliwack team since before the Second World War, losing 24-8 in Cloverdale. While the Mustangs may have lost all their games, they won off the floor by gaining an amazingly large following of fans and enough new players to line-up fully equipped juvenile, bantam, and peewee teams heading into the 1950 season.
The current club known as Chilliwack Minor Lacrosse Association took roots in 1994 and has steadily grown year after year. 2019 marked the first all female team in Chilliwack's history.
Mustang Lacrosse players in uniform from the 1939 team at the lacrosse box on Wellington.
From left to right: Bob Cadwell, Oliver Ballam, Russ McKee, Dick Britton, and Ken "Gawk" Edmonds.
Peewee B Provincial Champions 2016
Back left to right: Coach Simon Traskey, Coach Mike Ortutay, Brock Lamotte, Gage O'Neill, Danny Ortutay, Austin Charlton, Kyle Bonato, Nathaniel Leroux, Hayden Nerbus, Myles Durflinger, Layne Young, Zereno Pierini, Coach Sarah Paradis, Coach Nick Kojima
Middle row left to right: Joshua Rideout, Emi Powers, Olivia White
Front row left to right: Ryder Wootten, Jeremiah Gibbs, Noah Choi, Nicholas Traskey, Matty Ortutay, Isaac Rychtowski
Coach Pat McGuire
July 9, 1955 - November 28, 2004
Pat will be remembered for his hard work and his kind and gentle nature, his years of coaching minor hockey and lacrosse, his 23 years of installing floors through Pioneer Buildall, his love of life, love of family, love of friends and love of community will be with us always when we gather together and share stories and fond memories of Pat.
First CMLA all female team - Novice 2019
Christel Blesch - Silver medalist 2011
Ashley Heisler - Tyke 2003
Ashley - Silver medalist 2011
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