Why Lacrosse?


Lacrosse allows players to develop:

  • helps prevent sport burn-out by playing a new, fast-paced sport

  • increases hand-eye coordination

  • stick handling creativity

  • builds up strength and endurance

  • teaches players to play with their head up and to be more aware of their surroundings

  • reinforces the importance of quickness and agility around the net

  • builds self esteem, respect, integrity and fairness

  • teaches leadership skills

  • learn to play both offensive and defensive positions and make a quick transition from defense to offence and vice versa

  • scoring skills are honed by shooting at smaller targets and picking corners

  • teaches the creativity of fakes, back passes and shots

  • develop the use of both hands

  • friendships

Hockey and lacrosse are very similar, many of the current and past NHL players played lacrosse in their off seasons, see the list below

Connor McDavid

Jordan Eberle

Wayne Gretzky

Darnell Nurse

Paul Coffey

Gary Roberts

Paul Kariya

Sam Gagne

Brendan Shanahan 

David Bolland 

Brendan Smith 

Reilly Smith 

Max Domi 

Nick Paul 

Connor Brown 

John Tavares

Steven Stamkos

Ryan Getzlaf

Sean Monahan

Ben Eager

Ryan Strome

Brett Ritchie

Nick Ritchie

Gordie Howe

Bobby Orr

Jason York

Joe Nieuwendyk

Joe Sakic

Doug Gilmour

Rick Dudley

Darren Pang

Shawn Simpson

Mark Stone

Cliff Ronning

Gary Roberts

Jack Bionda

 Dave Andreychuk

Kyle Quincey

Kyle Turris

Mike Ridley

Doug Evans

Brian Bellows

John Maclean

Bob Probert

Adrian Aucoin

Devin Shore

Dustin Brown

John Barrett

Marc Savard

Matt Barnaby

Ron Meighen

Seth Griffith

 Adam Oates

Jonathan Toews

Matt Moulson

Cody Hodgson

Jason Ward

Gerry Cheevers

Doug Favell

Lionel Conacher

John Ferguson

Dan Ellis

Riley Nash

Codi Ceci

Mike Gartner

 

 

 

 

"One of the worst things to happen to the game, in my opinion, has been year-round hockey and, in particular, summer hockey. All it does for kids, as far as I can tell, is keep them out of sports they should be doing in the warmer weather. I could hardly wait to get my lacrosse stick out and start throwing the ball against the walls and working on our moves as we played the lacrosse equivalent to road hockey. All the good hockey players seemed to play lacrosse in those days and everyone of them learned something from the game to carry over to the other - things athletes can only learn by mixing up the games they play when they are young."  —  Wayne Gretzky

 "Lacrosse is a great game that I enjoyed playing when I was growing up.”Paul Kariya

"It’s lacrosse that helped teach me to spin off checks, take shots and protect the puck under pressure. My stick skills, the way to read the play quickly comes from lacrosse. The hand-eye coordination, is just one of the little things that helps you in hockey." — John Tavares

"There is no question that lacrosse helped me become a better all round athlete but more important to me are the memories. Small town rinks, competing for my community, summer fun at tournaments, teammates and family. These are some of my fondest memories of my Mimico Lacrosse days." —  Brendan Shanahan

 

 "Lacrosse was a big thing for us growing up and it’s a sport that really helped me develop as a hockey player.” — Dave Bolland

 

 For more insight, visit some of the links below.

Why play lacrosse? - 10 reasons to play lacrosse

Why lacrosse is the sport of choice of today’s youth

7 Things Every Parent Should Know About Lacrosse

Why Hockey Players Should Play Lacrosse

Why Lacrosse?

 

 

 

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