Western Lacrosse Association

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The Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) is an amateur league of men's Senior A box lacrosse sanctioned by the Canadian Lacrosse Association. It consists of seven teams, based in cities throughout southwestern British Columbia. Each year, the playoff teams battle for the right to compete against the Major Series Lacrosse champion for the Mann Cup every September. The championship is hosted alternately between Ontario and British Columbia every year.

The calibre of lacrosse in the WLA is very high, as the majority of its players also play in the National Lacrosse League during the winter months, while the WLA schedule runs from mid-May to August.

The teams

The league consists of the following teams:

League history

  • box lacrosse adopted by British Columbia Amateur Lacrosse Association on May 4, 1932
  • 1932-1933 Senior Box Lacrosse League (under BCALA umbrella)
  • 1934-1967 Inter-City Lacrosse League (ICLL)
  • 1968 National Lacrosse Association (Western Division)
  • 1969–present Western Lacrosse Association

Current team history

New Westminster Salmonbellies
  • 1888-1931 founded on May 12, 1888; played as field lacrosse club
  • 1932-1950 New Westminster Salmonbellies (merged with New Westminster Adanacs)
  • 1951-1951 New Westminster Commandos
  • 1952-1953 New Westminster Salmonacs
  • 1954-1954 New Westminster Royals
  • 1955-1958 New Westminster Salmonbellies
  • 1959-1966 New Westminster O’Keefes
  • 1967–present New Westminster Salmonbellies

Maple Ridge Burrards
  • 1937-1937......
  • ...

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