In the twentieth edition of “Legends of the Game”…this week we look at the Commissioner of the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) Paul Dal Monte.
This was an article from 2019 By Ian McNaughton for the WLA website (www.wlalacrosse.ca) just after the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame announced it’s 2019 inductees.
Here is the article…
Paul Dal Monte can now add three-time Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee to his resume. The Hall announced yesterday it’s class of 2019 which included the current Commissioner of the Western Lacrosse Association as a Builder.
As a player, Dal Monte won three consecutive Minto Cups as a member of the 1977 – 1979 Burnaby Cablevision squad who were inducted into the Hall under the Team category in 2009. In Senior A, Dal Monte played more than twelve years with the New Westminster Salmonbellies, earning three Mann Cups in 1981, 1989, and 1991.
Dal Monte then went on to coach the Burnaby Junior A Lakers in 1995, where he co-coached the team to a BC Championship every year between 1996 and 2003, winning Minto Cup titles in 1998, 2000, and 2002. The Burnaby Junior A Lakers 1996 – 2007 team was inducted into the Hall under the Team category in 2018. He then went on to an assistant coach role with Team Canada in the Heritage Cup in 2002 and a world championship title in 2003. He was also Head Coach and Director of Lacrosse Operations for the Vancouver Ravens of the NLL from 2002 – 2004.
“Being inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame is truly humbling,” said Dal Monte. “I was very fortunate to have been surrounded by so many great players and coaches over the years, all of whom have contributed greatly to this prestigious honour.”
Named as the Commissioner of the WLA in 2016, and called to the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, the Western Lacrosse Association congratulates Paul Dal Monte on his call to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.