In the nineteenth edition of legends of the game, we look at the career of Ziggy Musial, courtesy of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
German born Ziggy Musial learned his lacrosse in Brampton, Ontario in the early 1960s.
After four years of Jr. A with Brampton, he played pro lacrosse with the Toronto Maple Leafs, three seasons of Sr. A with Brampton, Aurora and Brantford. In 1974 played with the Toronto Tomahawks, and in 1975 played with the Philadelphia Wings of the short-lived National Lacrosse League.
The 1980s and ’90s saw him coaching outstanding teams in the Brampton Minor and Jr. A system for which he was awarded the OLA President’s Award in 1995. Promoting lacrosse throughout Ontario and beyond has been an obsession for Musial. His accomplishments are numerous and include media co-ordination for Minto and Mann Cups, setting up an information hot line for Jr. And Sr. Excelsior games, and commissioning a series of limited edition prints titled ‘For the love of the game’.
He is a life Member of the Brampton Excelsiors.
Inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1999.
Inducted in the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame 2012.
Inducted in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame 2016.
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 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob had 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).
Mr. Groob 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.