Nanaimo Timbermen Senior A Lacrosse
Photos courtesy of Todd Ross Photography
After a hiatus of over 20 years, the Nanaimo Senior A Timbermen returned to the Western Lacrosse Association in 2005. The 7 team WLA features teams from Victoria, New Westminster, Langley, Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Maple Ridge along with Nanaimo. Teams play an 18-game regular season followed by playoffs for the right to represent the West and compete for the most coveted trophy in lacrosse: the Mann Cup National Championship.
Nanaimo has a history rich in lacrosse, winning their one and only Mann Cup title in 1956. Many of lacrosse's all-time great players have worn Timbermen colors throughout the team's history. These include greats like Bobby Allan, Harry Wipper, Don Ashbee, Jack Bionda Kevin Alexander, Barney Evans and Mac Maude. While Timbermen players once called historic Civic Arena in downtown Nanaimo home, the current edition of the TMen now play out of Frank Crane Arena at Beban Park.
2014 is the second season for Head Coach Kaleb Toth, and the upcoming campaign is an opportunity for a young and upcoming group, including NLL players like Zak Boychuk, Chris O'Dougherty and Cody Bremner to continue to improve and earn a spot in the WLA playoffs.