On May 19 at 4:15 p.m., three lacrosse players from Sooke — Jack Kendall, Teagan Knowles and Dallas Brooks — will be playing in the first-ever Stars of the Past versus Stars of the Future lacrosse game. Their JdF Midget A team is in the running for a BC championship, taking on the star-studded All Star Shamrock Alumni team.
The Shamrocks Alumni team filled their roster with legendary players including another Sooke resident Noah Talbot. Talbot played pro for the Minnesota Swarm, played for team Canada winning the silver medal in 1999 world championship field lacrosse and played many seasons for the Rocks including the 2005 Mann Cup championship team. He will be joined by old team mates Darren Reisig, Chris McKay, and brothers Ted and Fred Jenner.
Reisig played for the Rocks from 1983 to 2003 with three Mann Cup Championships and also played in the NLL pro league for Vancouver, Portland and San Jose and represented Canada in International World Field Lacrosse championships. McKay was a former pro player for the Colorado Mammoth and Edmonton Rush and team captain for the Rocks in their 2005 Mann Cup Victory. Jenner played pro for Rochester, Anaheim, Minnesota and Edmonton along with brother Fred who both played many seasons with the Rocks. Dave Bremner, former GM and coach of Calgary Roughnecks and former Shamrocks player, is stepping on the bench for the Alumni.
The old time Rocks are dusting off their gear and strapping on the gear for what will be a very fun time playing these boys.
The JdF Midget A team is coached by one of Victoria Shamrocks all time favourite stars Tyson Leies, who was moved out West after two Junior A Minto Cups in ‘90 and ‘91 with St. Catherine’s. Leies was known for his flamboyant offensive abilities; he was a talented scorer, playing 13 seasons for the Shamrocks. Leies was selected as an all-star five consecutive seasons, from 1994 to 1997, taking WLA MVP honours in 1996. Tyson played in four Mann Cups, winning three rings in 1997, 1999 and 2003. In 336 WLA regular-season and playoff games, Leies scored 442 goals and 429 assists for 871 points with 1,021 penalty minutes. He also played pro for several teams including a NLL championship with Calgary Roughnecks.
The Victoria Day game starts at 4:15 in the afternoon at the Q Centre. Tickets are $10 for adults; children, students and seniors get in for $5. Tickets are sold at Sooke’s Shoppers Drug Mart. All proceeds will go to the JdF Midget A Lacrosse team.
Submitted by David Kendall