YEAR BY YEAR OF WESTERN LACROSSE ASSOCIATION SENIOR A AND I.C.L.L. STATS
The year was 1975 when I moved to New Brunswick and began
saving old O.L.A. Stats and Record books and getting the two
keypunch girls keying the stats only old on system 3 computer
cards. Although I had saved lacrosse stats from newspaper
clippings from as far back as 1963 I peg the year that I started
mailing letters back and forth with Stan Shillington in 1978 as
the year I started doing serious lacrosse research. It would have
been the summer of 1978 that Stan and I started mailing newspaper
clippings and stat books back and forth across the country.
Even back in 1978 Stan had already spent 20 years recording all
the stats for senior A lacrosse in the West, and had been inducted
into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a builder and considered
the unofficial historian of lacrosse for all of Canada.
This BIBLE of lacrosse wouldn't be nearly as filled with the
statistical history of lacrosse if it were not for Stan Shillington.
It was Stan who not only provided me with all the information on
west coast senior A, senior B and junior A, as well as Mann Cup,
President's Cup and Minto Cup but Stan was the one who co-ordinated
putting together the research Bobby Grainger, Paul Whiteside and I
did on putting together all the stats on OLA senior A and major
lacrosse throughout the history of box lacrosse.
To this day it is Stan, with his trusty Underwood typewriter who
edits all the stats that I type into the BIBLE.
I consider Stan Shillington the guru of all lacrosse statisticians
and historians and, through the years I have grown to consider Stan
a very close friend, It was his groundwork and inspiration, that has
pushed me to continue in his footsteps to recreate everything to do
with lacrosse which otherwise would have been lost forever.