Throwback Thursday #tbt
This week’s Throwback Thursday player is
Curt “Mouse” Malawsky
Malawsky is a former box lacrosse player and currently the Assistant General Manager and Head Coach of the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League. Malawsky played for eleven seasons in the NLL and appeared in five Champion’s Cup finals, three with Rochester, one with Arizona, and finally winning the title with Calgary in his final season in 2009. He was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a box player in 2015.
Malawsky was also the coach of the Coquitlam Adanacs Jr. A lacrosse team. He led the Adanacs to the BC Junior A Lacrosse League title and won the Minto Cup national championship in 2010, for which he was named the British Columbia Lacrosse Association’s Coach of the year.
From the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame:
Malawsky grew up playing lacrosse in Coquitlam’s Smith Box. He played all of his Minor, Intermediate and Junior lacrosse with the Adanacs. This two-time Junior league All-Star was the 1991 BCJALL league Top Scorer. In 82 Junior A regular season and playoff games, Malawsky scored 102 goals and 184 assists for 286 points. Curt was a top draft pick of the Salmonbellies in 1992. His 13-year WLA career has stops in New West, North Shore and Coquitlam. This six-time WLA All-Star also captured the WLA’s Maitland Trophy for sportsmanship, ability and commitment to minor lacrosse (2000, 2001, 2002 & 2007).
In 227 regular season games, he scored 326 goals and 390 assists for 716 points. In playoff action, he netted 179 goals and 231 assists in 137 games. Malawsky won the 2001 Mann Cup with Coquitlam in seven games over Brampton. He played 12 seasons in the NLL with stops in Calgary, Arizona, San Jose, Vancouver and Rochester. In 177 games, he scored 287 goals and 294 assists for 581 points winning one NLL title with Calgary (2009). As a coach, Malawsky’s Junior A teams won three Minto Cups – two with the Burnaby Lakers (2004 & 2005) and one with the Coquitlam Adanacs (2010). Curt currently coaches the NLL Calgary Roughnecks.
1998-03 Rochester Knighthawks
2004 Vancouver Ravens
2005-06 San Jose Stealth
2006-07 Arizona Sting
2008-09 Calgary Roughnecks
Regular Season Statistics:
GP 177, G 287, A 294, Pts. 581, LB 574, PM 103
GP 18, G 27, A 17, Pts. 44, LB 63, PM, 16
WLA Regular Season Statistics:
GP 227, G 326, A 390, Pts. 716
WLA Playoff Statistics:
GP 137, G 179, A 231, Pts. 410
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.