Category Archives: Lacrosse

Cy Lemon 1930-2008

Originally published in the Owen Sound Sun Times, October 27, 2008.

Cy Lemon will be fondly remembered by many people for the 35 years he spent as a school teacher in Owen Sound and Meaford.

His competitive lacrosse career spanned about the same length of time, and he’ll be equally remembered for his love of that and many other sports.

Mr. Lemon, a member of the Owen Sound Sports Hall of Fame and of the Ontario and Canadian Lacrosse Halls of Fame, died on Friday at the Owen Sound hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 78.

“He was a lot of fun, and he taught a lot of life lessons as a teacher and as a coach,” his son Brian said in an interview. “He had his own personality and his own style of how he would do things, and he treated everyone fairly.” Continue reading

Bob Hamley enters Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Originally published in the Owen Sound Sun Times, July 24, 2008.

Owen Sound native Bob Hamley will be inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame this year.

The news hasn’t been released yet by the hall and officials there would not confirm the report, but Hamley, who lives in Edmonton, said it’s true and he’s delighted with the recognition.

“I was surprised and shocked,” Hamley, the head coach and general manager of the National Lacrosse League’s Edmonton Rush, said in an interview.

“It’s something you really don’t think about until they call, but it’s quite an honour. There’s a lot of great names in the hall of fame.”

The induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 18 in St. Catharines.

Hamley, 42, played 17 summer seasons in the Ontario Lacrosse Association. Only four of those campaigns were spent with teams in his birthplace of Owen Sound, but they book-ended his career. Continue reading

Brian Lemon – lacrosse star turned executive

Originally published in the Owen Sound Sun Times, May 13, 2005.

Brian Lemon no longer longs to be out on the floor. Watching National Lacrosse League games from an executive suite is just fine with him.

The league’s vice-president of lacrosse operations said in a recent interview he doesn’t really miss playing – at least he doesn’t miss it as much as he used to.

“It was difficult when my career was first over, nine or 10 years ago,” said the 39-year-old Owen Sound native. “Those were the tough years, but you just resort to the fact that you’re not there any more and you can’t dwell on the past.

“It’s just a fact of life. When your career is done, it’s over and you do other things. That’s how I’ve handled it. But you can feel for the players when they’re out there. You know what they’re going through, which is kind of neat.” Continue reading

Couture’s life in lacrosse

Originally published in the Owen Sound Sun Times, December 27, 2004.

When it comes to lacrosse, Chet Couture wasn’t just a late bloomer, he was a late starter.

He was 18 years old before he ever took up the game, but he’s still active in the sport more than 25 years later. The Owen Sound native no longer plays and he doesn’t coach, but he is preparing for his eighth season as a referee in the National Lacrosse League.

The man who headed up the officiating crew at last season’s Champions Cup final in Calgary will be back on the floor for the Toronto Rock’s home opener, set for Jan. 15 at the Air Canada Centre.

“As a fan of the game, I think I have the best seat in the house, watching these athletes perform,” Couture, a former Owen Sound Signman and North Star, said in a recent interview. Continue reading

Mark Cochrane wins the Mann Cup

Originally published in the Owen Sound Sun Times, September 17, 1998. 

Mark Cochrane must be feeling like Paul Henderson.

He didn’t match Henderson by scoring three straight game-winning goals to clinch an international hockey series.

But Cochrane’s feat of two game-winning goals in two nights were good enough to give the Brampton Excelsiors the Canadian major lacrosse championship.

The Owen Sound native scored on a power-play with six minutes left to break a 5-5 tie Tuesday night in Brampton as his Excelsiors beat the Coquitlam Adanacs 7-5 to wrap up the Mann Cup. Continue reading

Dutchmen going to the dogs

Originally published in the Owen Sound Sun Times, July 23, 1998.

Jon Low will do almost anything to help his team win.

But sometimes his bull-like strength, expert ball handling and bullet shots aren’t enough to lift the Owen Sound Cash and Carry Aluminum Flying Dutchmen.

So the 20-year-old sniper turns to other forms of inspiration — like providing the Dutchmen with unofficial mascots, which he’s done twice this year.

The first one was a lobster Low brought back from Nova Scotia, where he’s attending Acadia University. The lobster was dead by the time Low arrived, but he kept it around for a week or two anyway. Continue reading