In the ninety-seventh edition of “Legends of the Game” we look at the life and career of Dwight Maetche.
From the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame…
Dwight Maetche started his lacrosse journey as a youth in Edmonton.
Recruited to play goal for the BC Junior A League Burnaby Cablevision, Maetche made an instant impact and was named a two-time All-Star in 1980 and 1981.
Drafted by the storied Vancouver Burrards, Dwight quickly took the reigns as their top goaltender. Maetche played in 24 WLA seasons from 1982 to 2007 with Vancouver, North Shore/Okanagan, Victoria, ending his career back with the Burrards. This seven-time All-Star was the league top goaltender on five occasions and League MVP in 1988. In 378 league and playoff games, he faced 15,238 shots, allowed 3215 goals for a WLA career save average of 78.9%.
He was active in the transition game netting a single goal and 318 points. In his 20th season, Maetche won his first Mann Cup with Victoria and followed it up with a second with the Shamrocks in 2005.
Dwight also had six stops in pro lacrosse in Philadelphia, Charlotte, New York, Vancouver, Portland and Edmonton winning one title in 1990 with the Philadelphia Wings.
Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2013.
Don’t forget to check out Gary and his co-host Candid Frank Stanisci’s weekly Lacrosse talk show…”NLL Lacrosse Talk”
This past week their guest was Hall of Famer, and Women’s Chair from World Lacrosse, Michelle Bowyer
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.