Monday , 23 May 2022

Lakeland Lacrosse looking forward to 2022

As the seasons change, so do the seasons of sport. With many fall and winter activities coming to a close over the next couple of weeks, the momentum gains for sports like lacrosse.

Registrations are open for the Lakeland Lacrosse Association, from ages 3 to 21.

There are big things on the horizon for the group after health restrictions slowed down the past two seasons.

This summer, the area will play host to Provincials from July 6-10 from novice to midget age groups. It was supposed to happen in 2021, but it just didn’t work out. But the group was able to keep their bid and are hopeful for a successful tournament in 2022.

President Mike Groves said it’s a big undertaking, but it’s great news for the players, and the area overall.

“Honestly, that’s super exciting for the whole entire region, right? It’s an economic boost. The summer is busy, and then a couple of weeks later it’s the Cold Lake Air Show,” said Groves. 

Practices are slated to start at the beginning of April in Cold Lake to scheduling reasons, but the season will really kick off in about a month’s time.

The Lakeland Heat Junior B squad will be gearing up a little sooner as well.

Groves encourages those who’ve never tried the game to give it a go.

“I’d say it’s probably the fastest game on two feet. And it’s the best crossover sport for hockey. Many, many of the greats have played it. And many of the future greats have played it, including the 2021 NHL first overall draft pick [Owen Power],” said Groves. 

To register, go to the Lakeland Lacrosse website.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.