Vancouver Burrards

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Vancouver Burrards has been the name of several lacrosse teams in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Vancouver Burrards (WLA) 1937-1993[edit]

Former Senior 'A' team which joined the Inter-City Lacrosse League in 1937. The team played in the Western Lacrosse Association until 1993 when the team was transferred to Surrey. Two years later the Surrey Burrards moved to their current home in Maple Ridge.

During the team's existence in Vancouver, it underwent numerous name changes to reflect sponsorship and merging with other teams.

  • 1937-1937 Vancouver Burrard Olympics
  • 1938-1949 Vancouver Burrards
  • 1950-1950 Vancouver Burrard Westerns
  • 1951-1951 Vancouver Combines
  • 1952-1958 Vancouver Pilseners
  • 1959-1969 Vancouver Carlings
  • 1970-1993 Vancouver Burrards

In the early days, the Vancouver Forum on the PNE grounds was used as the home arena until Kerrisdale Arena was built on the west side of the city in 1949. In May 1990, the Burrards left Kerrisdale Arena and moved to the PNE Agridome, playing there until departing for Surrey four seasons later.

HISTORY - UNDER CONSTRUCTION

The Burrard Olympics were founded in 1937 by Les Dickinson, Bill Calder, and Ed Bayley of the Burrard Liberal Association – however the team almost never got out of the starting gate due to a player signing dispute between the Richmond Farmers, Vancouver Home Gas and the newly formed Burrards. Three days before their Inter-City Lacrosse League season opener on May 1, 1937, a solution was found which saw the Richmond Farmers and Vancouver Home Gas teams merged into one combined squad.

The Burrard Olympics finished their inaugural season in last place and were renamed the Vancouver Burrards the following season, although in those early days the nickname Burrard Bombers or Blue Bombers was often heard and seen in the press. The Burrards improved to finish in third-place in the 5-team league with a winning record but then fell to the New Westminster Salmonbellies 15-11 and 12-10 in the first round of playoffs.

1939 saw the Burrards took first place during the regular season by 2 points but then lose again in the first-round of playoffs, this time 20-4 in game seven to the New Westminster Adanacs.

Vancouver Burrards won the Inter-City Lacrosse League regular season for the second year in a row in 1940. This time for the post-season, they secured a bye to the league finals and then swept the New Westminster Adanacs in four games. The Burrards then brushed aside the Rossland Red Men in two games to win the Kilmarnock Cup, symbolic of the senior champion of British Columbia. Vancouver then travelled eastwards to meet the Cornwall Braves in the Dominion semi-finals, easily handling their opposition in 2 lopsided games. Making their first Mann Cup appearance, the Burrards won the opening game 14-9 versus the St. Catharines Athletics before losing the next three games 15-5, 17-10, and 18-5.

Inter-City Lacrosse League (ICLL) 1937-1967

National Lacrosse Association (NLA) 1968

Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) 1969-1993

Team Record

Vancouver Burrards
Season Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
1937 Vancouver Burrard Olympics 28 8 20 0 355 457 16
1938 Vancouver Burrards 24 14 10 0 366 331 26
1939 Vancouver Burrards 24 19 5 0 398 276 38
1940 Vancouver Burrards 24 17 5 2 433 301 36
1941 Vancouver Burrards 24 17 7 0 362 291 34
1942 Vancouver Burrards 24 14 9 1 254 223 29
1943 Vancouver Burrards 18 10 8 0 245 216 20
1944 Vancouver Burrards 24 10 14 0 299 276 20
1945 Vancouver Burrards 24 20 4 0 404 278 40
1946 Vancouver Burrards 24 12 11 1 316 325 25
1947 Vancouver Burrards 24 15 8 1 357 315 31
1948 Vancouver Burrards 24 16 8 0 349 280 32
1949 Vancouver Burrards 16 9 7 0 217 186 18
1950 Vancouver Burrard Westerns 32 17 14 1 435 412 35
1951 Vancouver Combines 32 17 14 1 435 412 35
1952 Vancouver Pilseners 32 17 15 0 411 419 34
1953 Vancouver Pilseners 32 19 12 1 372 306 39
1954 Vancouver Pilseners 32 14 18 0 342 326 28
1955 Vancouver Pilseners 32 12 20 0 317 408 24
1956 Vancouver Pilseners 30 16 13 1 310 320 33
1957 Vancouver Pilseners 30 10 20 0 279 327 20
1958 Vancouver Pilseners 30 16 13 1 320 312 33
1959 Vancouver Carlings 30 15 14 1 309 287 31
1960 Vancouver Carlings 30 20 10 0 311 248 40
1961 Vancouver Carlings 30 19 9 2 371 266 40
1962 Vancouver Carlings 32 26 6 0 336 212 52
1963 Vancouver Carlings 30 22 7 1 326 249 45
1964 Vancouver Carlings 32 23 9 0 367 274 46
1965 Vancouver Carlings 30 20 10 0 313 261 40
1966 Vancouver Carlings 30 15 14 1 287 284 31
1967 Vancouver Carlings 30 16 12 2 291 264 34
1968 Vancouver Carlings 38 22 16 0 410 379 44
1969 Vancouver Carlings 29 9 20 0 276 369 18
1970 Vancouver Burrards 30 16 14 0 348 353 32
1971 Vancouver Burrards 31 12 18 1 355 396 25
1972 Vancouver Burrards 36 19 17 0 435 403 38
1973 Vancouver Burrards 25 17 8 0 348 283 34
1974 Vancouver Burrards 24 11 13 0 294 291 22
1975 Vancouver Burrards 24 14 10 0 322 308 28
1976 Vancouver Burrards 24 10 14 0 312 323 20
1977 Vancouver Burrards 24 16 7 1 303 303 33
1978 Vancouver Burrards 24 11 13 0 317 333 22
1979 Vancouver Burrards 30 11 19 0 373 435 22
1980 Vancouver Burrards 24 11 13 0 297 292 22
1981 Vancouver Burrards 24 12 12 0 294 286 24
1982 Vancouver Burrards 24 12 12 0 293 308 24
1983 Vancouver Burrards 24 14 10 0 276 260 28
1984 Vancouver Burrards 24 9 15 0 220 263 18
1985 Vancouver Burrards 24 11 13 0 204 238 22
1986 Vancouver Burrards 24 13 11 0 234 214 26
1987 Vancouver Burrards 24 10 14 0 258 263 20
1988 Vancouver Burrards 24 11 13 0 204 204 22
1989 Vancouver Burrards 24 9 15 0 221 241 18
1990 Vancouver Burrards 24 16 8 0 236 193 32
1991 Vancouver Burrards 24 8 16 0 187 251 16
1992 Vancouver Burrards 24 9 15 0 192 223 16
1993 Vancouver Burrards 24 4 20 0 220 312 8

Vancouver Burrards Senior Lacrosse Club[edit]

The Vancouver Burrards Senior Lacrosse Club currently consists of three member teams in Senior B, Senior C, and Intermediate B lacrosse; the Junior B team suspended operations for the 2007 season. There is no affiliation between the current Vancouver Burrards teams and the WLA Burrards now located in Maple Ridge.

Due to arena unavailabity in the City of Vancouver leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Senior B Burrards were forced out of their home arena at Killarney Community Centre after the 2006 season and moved to the Burnaby Lake arena. This resulted in the 2007 season becoming the first lacrosse season since 1928 in which no senior men's summer lacrosse was played within the City of Vancouver. Whether the 2010 Winter Olympics ends up killing summer lacrosse in the City of Vancouver waits to be seen.

The Senior B Vancouver Burrards were renamed Burnaby Burrards in 2008 to reflect their new home.

Vancouver Senior B Burrards (1999-2007)[edit]

West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association (WCSLA) franchise from 1989-2007. Team moved to Burnaby prior to the start of the 2007 season and renamed Burnaby Burrards the following year.

Governors

  • Terry Kirstiuk (2001–2007)
  • Shawn Joinson (2008–present)

Managers

  • Terry Kirstiuk (2001–2006)
  • Shawn Joinson (2007–present)

Head Coaches

  • Dan Rodrigues (2001)
  • Marc Olimpo (2002–2004)
  • Dan Rodrigues (2005)
  • Tony Delmonico (2007–present)

Team Record

Vancouver Snr 'B' Burrards
Season Team GP W L T/OL GF GA PTS
1970 Killarney
1971 South Vancouver Killarney 20 8 10 2 212 208 10
1972 Vancouver Sporting Club
1973 unknown
1974 suspended operations - - - - - - -
1975 Vancouver Mr. Sport Hotel 18 3 14 1 119 210 7
1976 unknown
1977 unknown
1978 Vancouver Disco-Sports Angels 20 5 15 0 184 275 10
1979 Vancouver Disco-Sports Angels 20 7 13 0 199 242 14
1980 Vancouver Disco-Sports Angels
1981 Vancouver Disco-Sports Angels 16 6 9 1 208 206 13
1982 Vancouver Disco-Sports Angels
1983 Vancouver Disco-Sports Angels
1984 East Vancouver 20 5 14 1 220 310 11
1985 East Vancouver Bluebirds 20 6 13 1 201 211 13
1986 Vancouver 20 4 16 0 168 211 8
1987 suspended operations - - - - - - -
1988 suspended operations - - - - - - -
1989 Vancouver 24 2 22 0 176 305 4
1990 Vancouver 21 7 14 0 14
1991 Vancouver 21 5 16 1 10
1992 Vancouver Burrards 21 2 18 1 5
1993 Vancouver-Killarney Vipers 21 6 11 4 176 207 16
1994 Vancouver Vipers 21 7 8 5 172 181 19
1995 Vancouver Vipers 18 1 16 1 110 189 3
1996 Vancouver Vipers 21 2 19 0 113 4
1997 Vancouver Vipers 21 0 21 0 117 250 0
1998 Vancouver Vipers 21 0 20 1 153 290 1
1999 Vancouver Burrards 21 2 19 0 107 276 4
2000 Vancouver Burrards 21 1 18 2 85 272 4
2001 Vancouver Burrards 21 1 18 2 141 240 4
2002 Vancouver Burrards 18 4 14 0 115 207 8
2003 Vancouver Burrards 18 7 10 1 124 171 15
2004 Vancouver Burrards 18 2 14 2 115 191 6
2005 Vancouver Burrards 18 3 14 1 96 201 7
2006 Vancouver Burrards 18 2 16 0 113 200 4
2007 Vancouver Burrards 18 3 13 2 131 197 8

Vancouver Senior C Burrards[edit]

West Central Lacrosse League (WCLL) franchise established in 2003 as the Vancouver Vipers. In October 2005 during the off-season, Vancouver's executive decided to rename the team the Burrards to keep in line with all other Vancouver box lacrosse teams from minor up through to senior level.

Team Executive

  • Terry Kirstiuk (governor / team manager) 2003-2004, 2008–present
  • Terry Kirstiuk (governor) 2005-2007
  • Dave Stewart-Candy (team manager) 2005-2007

Team Record

Vancouver Snr 'C' Burrards
Season Team GP W L T OL GF GA PTS AS PEN PIM PLACE
2003 Vancouver Vipers 12 0 12 0 0 49 141 0 - - - 4th
2004 Vancouver Vipers 12 1 11 0 0 57 143 2 69 54 168 4th
2005 Vancouver Vipers 12 5 4 2 1 84 83 13 109 56 152 3rd
2006 Vancouver Burrards 12 4 6 0 2 71 103 10 100 77 164 3rd
2007 Vancouver Burrards 12 3 8 0 1 88 118 7 106 86 202 5th

Vancouver Junior A Burrards[edit]

In 1948 Vancouver Burrards defeated the St. Catharines Athletics 3 games to 2 (13-17, 10-4, 10-9, 10-13, 12-10) for the Minto Cup, Canadian Junior National Championship

Vancouver Junior B Burrards[edit]

Team Record

Vancouver Jnr 'B' Burrards
Season Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
2001 Vancouver Burrards 20 2 15 3 108 192 7
2002 Vancouver Burrards 20 1 19 0 95 278 2
2003 suspended operations - - - - - - -
2004 Vancouver Burrards 18 7 11 0 112 188 14
2005 Vancouver Burrards 18 6 10 2 177 200 14
2006 Vancouver Burrards 16 5 9 2 146 160 12
2007 suspended operations - - - - - - -

Vancouver Intermediate B Burrards[edit]

Team Record

Vancouver Int 'B' Burrards
Season Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
2001 suspended operations - - - - - - -
2002 Vancouver Burrards 16 1 15 0 2
2003 Vancouver Burrards 21 10 11 0 20
2004 suspended operations - - - - - - -
2005 suspended operations - - - - - - -
2006 Vancouver Burrards 18 1 16 1 3
2007 Vancouver Burrards 21 0 21 0 96 254 0

Retired numbers[edit]

The following players have had their jersey numbers retired by the WLA Burrards club. The Senior B and Senior C Burrards also pay respect to these numbers and avoid using them as well.

  • 1 - Walt Lee
  • 1 - Jack Green
  • 2 - Don Hamilton
  • 5 - John Cavallin
  • 14 - Harry Buchanan
  • 18 - Bill Chisholm
  • 21 - Roy Cavallin
  • 29 - Dave Evans