In this week’s “Legends of the Game” we look at the career of James Douglas
From the BC Sports Hall of Fame:
INDUCTED IN 1967
Jim Douglas was an active player in his hometown of New Westminster when interest in lacrosse was high, due in part to an intense rivalry that existed between two New Westminster teams, the Salmonbellies and the Adanacs. It is interesting to note that throughout the course of his playing career, Douglas played for both of these teams. He was considered one of the best box players of his era and is a charter member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
From 1935-41 and 1945-46, Douglas played on the New Westminster Adanacs (Intercity Lacrosse League). In 1939 he led the Adanacs to the Mann Cup, and received the Maitland Trophy for “Most Valuable Player” during the 1939 Mann Cup final.
Between 1943-45, Douglas played for the New Westminster Salmonbellies (the Adanacs were defunct during the war) including on their 1943 Mann Cup winning team.
During his eleven-year career, he scored 466 goals and 182 assists in only 218 games, and was on five BC championship teams.
On June 1, 1939, he set two standing records: most points ever in a Senior A game in BC (twelve goals, four assists, totaling sixteen points) and most goals in a single game (twelve).
From the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame:
Inducted in 1965
Jim Douglas was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, and played all of his lacrosse there. Playing for a total of eleven years, eight with the New West Adanacs, and three with the Salmonbellies.
A fierce competitor, he scored 466 goals and had 182 assists. He was the winner of the Maitland Trophy, for outstanding play, sportsmanship, and contributing to the game in 1939 when the Adanacs won the Mann Cup. He was also with the Canadian Championship Salmonbellies in 1943.
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.