Over 400 lacrosse players celebrated opening day for NDLA

By Dan Marshall
April 9, 2018 - 11:17am

The floor at the Nanaimo Ice Centre was filled with minor lacrosse players Saturday afternoon as the 2018 season beginsDan Marshall

NANAIMO — All of the players registered for minor lacrosse were on the floor at the Nanaimo Ice Centre on Saturday for an event to kick off the 2018 campaign.

NDLA Opening Day is an annual event to mark the start of Canada's official summer sport.

O'Canada was sung by players and parents alike at Opening Day in Nanaimo:

Festivities included a First Nations blessing, a hardest shot contest, goalie clinic, and recognition for the Female Bantam B team for their 2017 provincial championship.

 

There are 430 kids registered to play lacrosse this spring and summer, spread over 23 teams. 

The players range between the ages of five and 19, with five of the squads being dedicated girls teams.

One of the season highlights will be the 38th Tim White Memorial Bantam Tournament.

All of the Nanaimo bantam teams will team part at the event from May 25 to May 27 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

The local junior and senior teams aren't quite underway yet. 

The BCJALL, WCSLA, and WLA schedules don't begin until May.
 
 
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