The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame is proud to announce its 2019 class of inductees, which includes players Duane “Dewey” Jacobs, Dan “Teeter” Teat, Kevin Brunsch and John Wilson, veteran Dave Wilfong, builders Chuck Miller, George “Potsy” Burrows and Paul Dal Monte, along with the 1984-85 Whitby Warriors Junior A Lacrosse Club.
These new inductees bring the total number honored in lacrosse’s national shrine to 536 – 158 Builders, 324 Players and 54 Veterans (those who played in 1980 or before). There are also 22 teams inducted under the Team category.
The formal induction banquet and ceremonies will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the ANVIL Centre in New Westminster, British Columbia.
The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame’s class of 2019 includes the Players, Veteran, Builders and Team honorees below.
Canadian Lacrosse Hall Of Fame 2019 Inductees
Honored in the player category:
Duane “Dewey” Jacobs
Duane Jacobs was the assistant captain of the Ontario Lacrosse Association Major Series Six Nations Chiefs when the team won 3 Mann Cup championships in a row in 1994, 1995 and 1996. As a member of the National Lacrosse League’s Rochester Nighthawks he won the Champions Cup in 1997. The 6’1” 205-lb. left handed shooter tallied 591 total points in 194 regular season Senior A, Major and professional games, and 185 points in 78 playoff games.
Dan “Teeter” Teat
Dan Teat was a formidable Minor, Junior and Senior lacrosse player in the Brampton, Ontario system. A great playmaker and perennial top-ten scorer, Teat was a member of the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors in 1993, 1998, 2002, 2008 and 2009. In 2011 he added a sixth Mann Cup as an assistant coach. In the winter Teat played 14 seasons in the National Lacrosse League and won the Champions Cup with the Rochester Nighthawks in 1997. In 297 Major Series league and playoff games from 1993 to 2009 he tallied 1,241 total points. He scored 52 total points in 35 Mann Cup games and in 211 NLL games he counted 670 total points.
Kevin Brunsch was an outstanding two-way player with the Coquitlam Adanacs from 1993 to 2003. A two-time Western Lacrosse Association 1st team all-star, Brunsch led the Adanacs to three Mann Cup finals, ultimately winning the championship in 2001. In 207 regular season Senior A games he scored 658 total points, and in 97 playoff games he tallied 160 points.
In 15 seasons in the Western Lacrosse Association with the Burnaby Lakers and Coquitlam Adanacs, John Wilson tallied 992 points in 394 games. A perennial top-ten scorer, Wilson played on his first Mann Cup winning team as a New Westminster Salmonbellies call up in 1989. He won another Mann Cup in 2001 with the Coquitlam Adanacs. In 1994 Wilson played for Team Canada at the World Cup in London, England and at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC.
Honored in the Veteran category:
Dave Wilfong experienced his first pro championship as a Jr. A pick up with the 1969 Peterborough Lakers. He won a President’s Cup with the Brampton Excelsiors in 1972, a Nations Cup with the Rochester Griffins in 1974, and a Mann Cup with New Westminster in 1976. Wilfong also played field with the Canadian national team at the World Championships in Australia in 1974. In his best season he scored 93 goals and had 62 assists with the pro Long Island team in 1975. In 228 Major, Senior and professional games he tallied 653 points.
Honored in the builder category:
Chuck Miller was active in Guelph Minor Lacrosse as a coach, referee, tournament convener and fundraiser from 1972 to 2000. In addition, in the 1980s through 2001, he founded the Royal City Regals Lacrosse Association, a Guelph Junior team, and operated a women’s under 20 lacrosse program. Simultaneously, Miller was, first, the OLA’s Vice-President of coaching and then VP of officiating. From 1994 to 2003 he served as both a Director of the Canadian Lacrosse Association and President of the Ontario Lacrosse Association. In 2003 he chaired the Minto Cup and in 2005 Miller was awarded the Lester B. Pearson Award for his contribution to lacrosse and the development of young Canadians.
George “Potsy” Burrows
George Burrows’s lacrosse playing days spanned the field and box eras. Born in 1918, Burrows, a goaltender, played his first lacrosse game in Brampton, Ontario in 1926 and his last game for the Senior Brampton Excelsiors in 1947. Between the end of WWII, in which he served in the RCAF, and 1965 he helped launch the Lakeshore Minor League and served as a Minor and OLA referee. A life member of the Brampton Excelsior Lacrosse Club, Burrows has been honoured for his dedication to lacrosse by the City of Brampton, the NLL’s Toronto Rock, the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Paul Dal Monte
As a lacrosse player Paul Dal Monte was on 3 Minto Cup winning Burnaby Cablevision teams and 3 Mann Cup winning New Westminster Salmonbellies teams. As a coach Dal Monte’s Burnaby Lakers Junior teams won 8 consecutive B.C. championships and competed in 8 Minto Cup championships, winning three. As head coach of the National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Ravens he took the expansion team to the playoffs twice in 3 years. In 2002 he served as an assistant coach for Team Canada at the Heritage Cup and in 2003 at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. After coaching teams, he took on coaching coaches for the B.C. Lacrosse Association. In 2017 he was appointed Commissioner of the Western Lacrosse Association.
Honored in the team category:
1984-85 Whitby Warriors Junior A Lacrosse Club
The Whitby Warriors won the 1984 Minto Cup and repeated the feat in 1985. The 1984 team, led by Joe Nieuwendyk and John Fusco, was 22-2 in the regular season, 12-1 in the Ontario playoffs, and defeated the Ben Hieltjes led New Westminster Salmonbellies in a one game Minto Cup final. In 1985 the team was 19-5 in the regular season, 8-0 in the Ontario playoffs, and in 7 games beat the Gary and Paul Gait led Esquimalt Legion to capture a second straight Minto Cup.
For additional information on the inductees or the induction banquet, please visit the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame website at www.clhof.org.