Welcome to another episode of Lacrosse History. Today, we’re talking about the Presidents Cup.
My name is Justin Skaggs and I’m a wood lacrosse stick maker here in Philadelphia. Part of being a good lacrosse stick maker is understanding the history of this game. So, I decided to do this project as part of my research into the understanding of lacrosse history, and I wanted to bring that to you guys so that you could learn it along with me.
A lot of people in the United States don’t know about box lacrosse in general, let alone the four major cups. If you guys would like a general overview, we do have another video. Make sure you check that out. Today, we’re going to focus on Senior B Lacrosse, which is the Presidents Cup.
As explained in other videos, Senior A and Senior B both have a lot of talent. There are professional NLL players playing in Senior B, which may be counter-intuitive to what you may assume, where you might think that Senior B has a lesser quality of player.
That’s not the case. Although there are more general teams of amateurs in Senior B that you won’t find in Senior A. But it is a mixed bag and there is a lot of talent playing for the Presidents Cup.
There are eight separate leagues that fight over the Presidents Cup. They are as follows:
- Can-Am Senior B Lacrosse League (Can-Am)
- OLA Senior B Lacrosse League (OSBLL)
- Prairie Gold Lacrosse League (PGLL)
- Quebec Senior Lacrosse League (QSLL)
- Nova Scotia Senior Lacrosse League (NSSLL)
- Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL)
- Three Nations Senior Lacrosse League (TNSLL)
- West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association (WCSLA)
There are actually three separate Presidents Cups trophies because there were multiple iterations over the years. We’ll go over all of those now:
The first one was in 1964, when this was actually for all senior teams. That got split up with the Mann Cup, which is actually our older episode that we just released on this subject. You guys can go check that out. But there was a time when they realized that they needed to split these two awards and two tournaments into two separate games. The original trophy was called the Castor Oil Presidents Cup, and that went from 1964 to 1971. In 1971, it was donated to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and we got our second trophy.
The second trophy went from 1972 to 1995 when it also was retired. Now, while the first trophy was put in a museum, the second trophy was put in storage and forgotten about until 2016 when the CLA made a phone call to locate the whereabouts of the trophy, and it was found and put on display.
The third and most current trophy was actually donated by the Iroquois Lacrosse Association with a very kind inscription for Frank Roundpoint. The Presidents Cup offers an amazing final tournament, in the sense that all these leagues need to come and play for the Presidents Cup. August 21st to September 1st, the Kahnawake Mohawks are going to host the 2019 tournament. You can follow this awesome tournament on LaxAllStars.com, which, in all likelihood, is where you’re watching this video in the first place.
I hope you enjoyed this episode of Lacrosse History. We’re going to cover the final two major cups of the Canadian Lacrosse Association next.
As always, I’m Justin Skaggs, take care. Keep Laxin’.