Jack Crosby 1941 - 2008
About Lacrosse Boxes in Burnaby
There are three outdoor lacrosse boxes in Burnaby for community use, one in the northwest sector in Confederation Park, one in the southeast sector in Cariboo Hill, and a new location in the southwest sector at Riverway Sports Complex. The City of Burnaby is currently exploring potential locations for another lacrosse box in the northeast sector of Burnaby.
During the spring and summer, the lacrosse boxes are extensively used by the Burnaby Minor Lacrosse Club during their playing season. Other uses include ball and roller hockey, rollerblading and bicycle riding for small children.
About Jack Crosby Memorial Lacrosse Box
A lacrosse box was opened for use in July 2007 at the Riverway Sports Complex in southwest Burnaby (Nelson Avenue and Marine Way). It is located between the south parking lot and the softball diamond/sports field. It has a regulation size asphalt floor, 4 feet high side boards with 12 feet high end zone boards. The lacrosse box will be officially opened and dedicated on July 26, and officially named the Jack Crosby Memorial Lacrosse Box.
About Jack Crosby
Jack spent much of his life inspiring and encouraging players of all ages to play lacrosse or get involved in community sport. In the early 1960’s the sport of lacrosse was played at outdoor boxes; however, after the Kensington and Burnaby Lake Arenas opened in 1964, lacrosse moved indoors. Jack organized and ran the Burnaby Intermediate, Juniors, Senior and coached a pee wee team for many years. As a general manager, his teams Burnaby Cablevision (1977-1979) and the Burnaby Lakers (1988-2000), both won the Minto Cup Championships three consecutive years in a row. Since 1964, Jack served as president of The Burnaby Minor Lacrosse Club and volunteered countless hours over 55 years to develop and build the sport of lacrosse both here in Burnaby and throughout BC and Canada.
Jack’s leadership in developing the sport of lacrosse has been recognized in many ways over the years. Jack was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1980, and was honoured with the Lester B. Pearson Award for outstanding achievement by the Canadian Lacrosse Association in 1981. In 1984, the BC Lacrosse Association (BCLA) established a Novice Tournament and named it after Jack, much to his chagrin. The BCLA also named Jack Crosby “Mr. Lacrosse”, and created the Jack Crosby Endowment Fund. Jack Crosby was also an inaugural inductee to the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame.