Former New Westminster Salmonbellies star Craig Stevenson will be inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame along with long-time Salmonbellies junior executive Murray Lehman in the builders category.
Stevenson grew up in Ontario but the ’Bellies attracted him west in 1993 and he never went back, staying with the New Westminster squad until 2006.
He finished his career 17th in all-time Western Lacrosse Association scoring. Between the ’Bellies and the Peterborough Lakers he racked up 440 goals and 711 assists in 400 senior A games.
Stevenson also played in the National Lacrosse League for Buffalo, Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary scoring 76 points in 37 games.
Lehman first managed teams in New West’s minor system in the 1970s before becoming B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League commissioner in 1981, which he did for nine seasons. In 1992 he began an 11 season stretch on the Jr. ’Bellies board as assistant general manager, general manager and president which included the team winning the 1994 Minto Cup.
He has also been on the hall of fame’s board of governors since 1993 and is also currently in his fifth season as general manager of the Jr. B ’Bellies.
The 1928 Canadian Olympic gold medal squad, which was made up of the 1927 Mann Cup champion New Westminster Salmonbellies, will be inducted into the team category.
Lacrosse was a demonstration sport at the Games in Amsterdam, and the three countries involved—Canada, the United States and England—all ended up in a three-way tie for first. During their sojourns to and from The Netherlands, the Salmonbellies amassed an 11-2 record.
Six players, two builders and two teams will be inducted at the hall’s banquet and ceremonies to be held at the Firefighters’ Club in Burnaby on Nov. 17.