"From August 12 to 18, we will welcome the finest midget box lacrosse players from around the country to Calgary,” said Darrel Knight, chair of the host organizing committee.
The hosting of this event comes after last year’s historic national championship title. Alberta defeated perennial powerhouse Ontario, twice, including 5-4 in the gold medal game, to claim their first ever midget title. It was a huge victory for lacrosse in the province, showing that the competitive gap that has existed between Ontario, British Columbia and the rest of Canada for so many years is closing.
“Midget Nationals are the pinnacle of a box lacrosse players minor career,” added Knight. “The 2017 championship was won by Team Alberta, and it will be exciting to see our defending champions welcome the rest of the country to Calgary!"
The remainder of the minor box lacrosse national championships will return to their 2017 host cities again this year.
The peewee boys will play alongside the Ontario Lacrosse Festival in Whitby, Ont., from August 4 to 12, while the bantam boys will compete in Saskatoon, Sask., from August 9 to 14. Meanwhile, beautiful Halifax, N.S. will host the bantam, midget and junior girls divisions for the second consecutive year, from July 21 to 25.
“We are looking forward to an exciting national championship season,” said AJ Jomha, director of national championships with the Canadian Lacrosse Association. “Our Member Associations and the local host organizing committees always do a great job creating a memorable event for the athletes and their families, and this year will be no different.”
Additional information on these event will be posted online in the coming months. We invite you to visit www.lacrosse.ca
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About the Canadian Lacrosse Association
Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 85,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA's mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners - New Balance Athletics, Warrior Sports, NormaTec Recovery Systems, Westjet, and Baron Rings - as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at www.lacrosse.ca
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