The thirteenth installment of Legends of the Game is from the “Legends of our Game” magazine from 1993, put together by the Committee of OLA Jr. “A” governors.
Michael “Goalkeeper” Sammut
As one of the top netminders in the game, Michael played for Rexdale/ Etobicoke for 15 years. He took home
M.V.P. honours of both the Bantam and Midget levels, and was also a two-time high-school M.V.P. Playing for Etobicoke/Rexdale, Michael was a member of the 1983 Minto Cup finalists. Later, in 1985 he was the M.V.P. of his Junior “A” team.
Moving on to Owen Sound to play Senior lacrosse, Michael won two Ontario Championships and one President’s Cup with the North Stars.
In 1990 he was inducted into the Owen Sound Hall of Fame.
This was followed by a two year pro stint with the Detroit Turbos of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. Michael’s Turbos took the division crown twice and won the World Championship in 1991.
Michael’s contribution to the sport hasn’t stopped at the playing level. He has helped organize the local High School programme as a player, coach and referee. Currently Michael is in his second year of coaching the Junior “A” Burlington Chiefs, putting back into the game the dedication, discipline and great times he received over the years.
Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.