The sixteenth 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, and the Georgia Swarm Website.
From the ’93 Legends magazine…
Ed Comeau, a graduate of Hamilton Minor Lacrosse, has played Box Lacrosse at Junior with the Bay Area Bengals and Etobicoke Eclipse, Senior with Brooklin Redmen and the Fergus Thistles, and Pro with the Brantford Warriors. Ed has also played Field Lacrosse with McMaster and Mimico.
Comeau is most noted for his soft hands and keen sense of crease play around the oppositions net. He has been a 3-time member of The Presidents Cup Canadian Champion Fergus Thistles and has been selected to the Canadian Championship All-star team.
Ed believes in giving back to the game what the game has given him. He’s been active in coaching Box Lacrosse with the Burlington Hawks Intermediates, Burlington Chiefs Junior “A” and “B” teams as well as working clinics for minor lacrosse players in the Burlington and Hamilton area. Comeau also coaches McMaster University and the Junior Burlington Chiefs Field Lacrosse teams.
Ed Comeau is an individual who deserves to be acknowledged as a Legend of Our Game.
From the Georgia Swarm Website…
Comeau, 55, has spent 18 years coaching in the NLL, which is highlighted by six Champion’s Cup titles, most recently with the Swarm in 2017. After leading the Swarm to a league-best 13-5 regular season record in 2017, Comeau was named the recipient of the prestigious Les Bartley Award, which recognizes the NLL’s Head Coach of the Year.
The Hamilton, Ontario native started his NLL coaching career an assistant with the Toronto Rock and worked alongside the great Les Bartley, where he won four Champion’s Cups (99,00,02,03). As Rochester’s head coach in “07,Comeau led the Knighthawks to a league best 14-2 regular season record while capturing a Champion’s Cup title and Head Coach of the Year honors. Comeau was also a recipient of the GM of the Year Award in ’09 when he coached and managed the New York Titans to a 10-6 regular season record and runner-up finish in the postseason. Prior to his time with the Swarm, Comeau most recently served as an assistant coach for the Colorado Mammoth in 14.
Comeau is also the General Manager of Team Canada’s men’s indoor team for the 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Langley, B.C. He served as the head coach of Team Canada’s indoor team that won the Gold Medal at the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Syracuse, N.Y.
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.