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The Sr B Mounties Lacrosse Club is proud to be part of Alberta Series Lacrosse (ASL) of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL), honouring Sr B lacrosse through a dedication to excellence and integrity on and off the floor.

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Mounties History

Enjoy catching up on the immortalized history of the Sr B Mounties Lacrosse Club.

The Sr B Mounties Lacrosse Club is not just one of the original members of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL), but one of the original Sr B lacrosse clubs to play in Alberta dating back to 1979. Below you will find the known highlights in the clubs history.

"History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

A brief history of time

The known history of the Calgary Mountaineers Lacrosse Club.

The Calgary Mountaineers were established in 1979 and operated in what was called Alberta Senior Lacrosse up until roughly 1989. This version of the league included 4 teams - the Calgary Shamrocks, Edmonton Miners, a Lethbridge team, and the Calgary Mountaineers. Each season the top 2 teams would compete for the provincial title and the honour of representing Alberta at the National Championship called the President's Cup. This early version of the Calgary Mountaineers represented Alberta in 7 straight President's Cups spanning 1980 - 1986.

Then, between roughly 1986 and 1998, the league went through some instability that included retraction of the Lethbridge team. As happens though, some new figures got involved in league operations both in Calgary and Edmonton, including great builders in the south like Harris Toth and Jim "JB" Burke who not only kept the league operating, but brought operational stability and growth including expansion in both the north (Edmonton Outlaws) and south (Crowchild Mohawks).

This version of the league was governed by the great Jim "JB" Burke (watch JB's Legends of Lacrosse interview), who functioned as commissioner and who also spent some time as manager for the Mounties.

Other lacrosse greats who spent time in the Mounties organization as builders, bridging the pre-RMLL era with the current RMLL era include the likes of Harris Toth, Earl Caron, Dave Bryant, Dwayne Ferguson, Wayne Sutherland, Kevin Murphy, Duane Bratt, Ray Boykiw, and more. Each of these individuals played a critical role in preserving and pushing the Mounties organization forward.

In 1998, the modern day RMLL was solidified, absorbing and becoming the governing body for all Major lacrosse in Alberta including the Sr B division which, in 2022 became Alberta Series Lacrosse (ASL) but still a league under the RMLL umbrella.

This is the modern day Sr B Mounties Lacrosse Club.

Coaching History

The head coaching history of the Mounties Lacrosse Club.

  • Wayne Sutherland (player / coach), 1979 - 1982
  • Bill Coghill, 1983
  • Wayne Sutherland (player / coach), 1984 - 1986
  • Dave Bryant, 1987 - 1989
  • Kevin Murphy, 1989 - 1995
  • Kevin Murphy, Earl Caron, Ray Boykiw, Wayne Sutherland, 1996 - 1998
  • Wayne Sutherland, 1999
  • Dave Bryant, 2000 - 2001
  • Rich Kilbride, 2002 - 2004
  • Duane Bratt, 2005 - 2010
  • John Kilbride, 2011 - Present

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1983 President's Cup Champions - Calgary Mountaineers.

While we do our best to chronicle the Mounties history as accurately as possible, please realize this is a work-in-progress project and therefore there are historical gaps and possibly even incorrect details.

With that in mind, if you are able to correct details, or if you know of a piece of Mounties history no matter how small the event may be, or even if you have a suggestion for a category of information that is not currently chronicled that you think should be noted on this page, please use this form to let us know.

Mounties Jersey History

1979 (Original)
1979 (Original)
1983 President’s Cup
1983 President’s Cup
1990’s (Home)
1990’s (Home)
1990’s (Away)
1990’s (Away)
2012 – 2017 (Home)
2012 – 2017 (Home)
2012 – 2017 (Away)
2012 – 2017 (Away)
2018 – 2022 (Home)
2018 – 2022 (Home)
2018 – 2022 (Away)
2018 – 2022 (Away)
2023 – Present (Home)
2023 – Present (Home)
2023 – Present (Away)
2023 – Present (Away)

Credits, Thank You's, & How to contribute

Thank you to the following individuals for their contributions to the accuracy of the content found on this page: Jason Crook, Doug Doane, Rich Kilbride, Earl Caron, Kevin Murphy, and John Kilbride.

Mounties Timeline

All the known historical highlights.

If you know of a piece of Mounties history that isn't chronicled here, please let us know.

1979

1979

Calgary Sr B Mountaineers Established

1979 is when it all started. While we’re not sure who the key drivers were behind the start-up, it was no doubt a group of hungry players.

This team was incredibly successful right out of the gate and included legendary players like Dwayne Ferguson, Kelly Mitchell, and Wayne Sutherland (player / coach), and in 1983 had lacrosse legend Bill Coghill as head coach for their President’s Cup championship win. This team went on to play in 7 consecutive President’s Cups between 1980 – 1986, winning bronze in 1984, silver in 1981, and of course, gold in 1983.

There are direct lines of influence between this original Mountaineers team and today’s version of the Sr B Mounties Lacrosse Club, with many members of the 1983 team going on to make indelible marks as volunteers in the game of lacrosse including Wayne Sutherland, Doug Doane, John Durand, and Dave Bryant.

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1980

August

President’s Cup – Alberta Rep

The Mounties represented Alberta at the President’s Cup played in Owen Sound, Ontario.

1981

August

President’s Cup – Silver Medal Winners

The Mounties represented Alberta at the President’s Cup played in Cornwall, Ontario.

1982

August

President’s Cup – Alberta Rep

The Mounties represented Alberta at the President’s Cup played in Sarnia, Ontario.

1983

August

President’s Cup Champions

The 1983 Calgary Mountaineers win gold at the President’s Cup played in Valleyfield, Ontario, the only team in Mounties history to do so (so far).

Back Row (L-to-R): Pete Gamble, Wayne Sutherland, John Durand, John Rosenbush, Ken Melnyk, John Boothby, Dwayne Ferguson, Scott McLean, Tom Lothian, Kevin Melnyk, Dale Slous, Mark McQueen, Dave Bryant, Paul Ciosi (coach), Bill Coghill (coach).

Front Row (L-to-R): Al Webb, Pat Bignal, Doug Doane, Greg Crook, Guy Greene, Mike Keating, Jamie Bell, Bill Alcorn, Kelly Mitchell.

1983 Calgary Mountaineers - President's Cup Champions

1984

August

President’s Cup – Bronze Medal Winners

The Mounties represented Alberta at the President’s Cup played in Ladner, BC and followed their historic 1983 gold medal Championship with a bronze medal finish.

1985

August

President’s Cup – Alberta Rep

The Mounties represented Alberta at the President’s Cup played in Ladner, BC finishing fourth. This marked the 6th year in a row that the Mounties represented Alberta at the National Championships!

August

Dwayne Ferguson – President’s Cup 1st Team All-Star

Mounties scoring legend Dwayne Ferguson was named a 1985 President’s Cup 1st Team All-Star.

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1986

August

President’s Cup – Alberta Rep

The Mounties represented Alberta at the President’s Cup played in Surrey, BC. This marked the 7th year in a row that the Mounties represented Alberta at the National Championships!

August

Dwayne Ferguson – Tournament MVP & 1st Team All-Star

Mounties scoring legend Dwayne Ferguson was named a 1986 President’s Cup 1st Team All-Star as well as Tournament MVP.

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1991

August

President’s Cup – Alberta Rep

The Mounties represented Alberta at the President’s Cup and finished fourth.

August

Kelly Mitchell – 2nd Team All-Star

Mounties scoring legend Kelly Mitchell was named a 1991 President’s Cup 2nd Team All-Star.

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2002

August

President’s Cup – Alberta Rep

The Mounties represented Alberta at the President’s Cup played in Edmonton, Alberta.

2013

August

President’s Cup – Alberta Rep

The Mounties represented Alberta in the President’s Cup in 2013 played in Kahnawake, Quebec.

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August

Tyler Melnyk – 1st Team All-Star

Mounties scoring phenom Tyler Melnyk was named a 2013 President’s Cup 1st Team All-Star.

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August

Mike Klotz – 2nd Team All-Star

Mounties gritty goal scorer Mike Klotz was named a 2013 President’s Cup 2nd Team All-Star.

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2016

August

President’s Cup – Alberta Rep

The Mounties represented Alberta in the 2016 President’s Cup played in Leduc, Alberta.

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August

Tyler Melnyk – 1st Team All-Star

Mounties scoring phenom Tyler Melnyk was named a 2016 President’s Cup 2nd Team All-Star.

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2017

November

John Kilbride – ALA James McFall Recipient

The Mounties John Kilbride was awarded the ALA’s James McFall Award.

“The James McFall Award is the most prestigious award presented by the Alberta Lacrosse Association to a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the game of lacrosse in Alberta.”

It’s worth noting that John’s sister, Leslie Churchill, was the recipient of the James McFall Award in 2007 for her distinguished volunteer service at multiple levels of lacrosse. John and Leslie are the only brother-sister team to ever receive the James McFall Award.

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2018

August

Mounties YouthLax Camps Established

In 2018, Steve Harlow and John Kilbride founded the Mounties YouthLax Camps starting with what they called the Mounties Jr Prep Camp. This program rapidly turned into one of the most successful youth lacrosse development camps in the country and so they expanded their approach of high-performance, non-toxic player development to include other age groups.

Today the Mounties YouthLax Camps program is called Mounties Academy Lacrosse.

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November

RMLL Wayne Sutherland Coaching Award Established

Wayne “Suds” Sutherland, one of the original players on the Calgary Sr B Mountaineers, went on to be one of the most impactful figures in Alberta lacrosse history by selflessly volunteering back his experience and expertise which included becoming the coach of the Jr B Mounties in 1977. Although Sudzy temporarily left the Jr B Mounties, he would return to that program in 2003, building it into a perennial Founders Cup contender until his passing on December 14, 2018, a 15 year span of excellence that included 11 Founders Cup appearance with 3 bronze, 2 silver, and one gold, forming the model of success for all other Jr B teams in Alberta.

Sudzy’s impact on his players was so profound that his funeral was attended by countless players that he coached over the years, many honoring Wayne’s memory by wearing the team jersey they wore during their time with the Jr B Mounties.

Sudzy’s impact on Major lacrosse in Alberta was so respected that he was the recipient of the Alberta Lacrosse Association’s (ALA) highest honour, the James McFall Award, in 2016, and in 2018 the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL) named its annual coaching award after him – the Wayne Sutherland Coach of the Year Award. In 2019, the Mounties own Jason Crook was the recipient of this award for his accomplishments as coach of the Jr B Shamrocks.

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2021

March

Steve Harlow – Mounties Lifetime MVP Recipient

Steve Harlow is the first person to ever receive the Mounties Lifetime MVP Award in recognition of his contributions as co-founder and early builder of the Mounties YouthLax Camps, now called Mounties Academy Lacrosse, his founding and building of the Jr NLL Roughnecks program, and his overall contributions to the Alberta lacrosse community.

“The Mounties Lifetime MVP Award recognizes the indelible contributions of an individual not only to the Mounties Lacrosse Club, but to the lacrosse community as a whole. This is our highest honor we provide to an individual who may not officially be a member of the Mounties, but is indeed part of the Mounties family and an honorary member hereafter.”
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November

ASL Colton Barby Defensive Player of the Year Award Established

In 2021, the Alberta Series Lacrosse (ASL) division established league awards and named these awards after individuals who demonstrated excellence in the ASL, or within Major lacrosse, over a long period of time.

With that in mind, the Defensive Player of the Year award was named after Colton Barby, a long-time member of the Mounties, one of the inaugural members of the Mounties Hall of Fame, and one of the most effective defensive players to ever play in the modern era.

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November

ASL Duane Bratt Lifetime MVP Award Established

In 2021, the Alberta Series Lacrosse (ASL) division established league awards and named these awards after individuals who demonstrated excellence in the ASL, or within Major lacrosse, over a long period of time.

With that in mind, the ASL Lifetime MVP award was established and named after Duane Bratt. While Duane’s contributions to lacrosse as a whole are substantial and span far more than his years with the Mounties (2005 – 2010), we nonetheless lay a small claim to him thanks to his time as a member of the Sr B Mounties Lacrosse Club.

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2022

May

Mounties Hall of Fame Established

In 2022, the Mounties Hall of Fame was established and included 4 inaugural inductees consisting of Jason Crook, Colton Barby, Donnie Haynes, and Andrew Smistad.

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August

President’s Cup – Alberta Rep

The Mounties represented Alberta in the 2022 President’s Cup played in Edmonton, Alberta.

August

DJ Giocobbo & Tony Tremblay – Mounties Team MVP co-Recipients

DJ Giocobbo and Tony Tremblay are co-recipients of the Mounties Team MVP award.

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August

Tyler Melnyk & Austin Jerhoff – Offensive Player of the Year co-Recipients

Tyler Melnyk and Austin Jerhoff are co-recipients of the Mounties Offensive Player of the Year award.

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August

Cam Chesser & Jacob Motiuk – Mounties Defensive Player of the Year co-Recipients

Cam Chesser and Jacob Motiuk are co-recipients of the Mounties Defensive Player of the Year award

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October

Inaugural Mounties Hall of Fame Inductees

In 2022, 4 members of the Mounties consisting of Jason Crook, Colton Barby, Donnie Haynes, and Andrew Smistad were inducted into the Mounties Hall of Fame. These were the inaugural inductees.

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November

Jason Crook – ASL Duane Bratt Lifetime MVP Recipient

Jason Crook of the Mounties is the inaugural recipient (2022) of the ASL Duane Bratt Lifetime MVP award for his contributions to Major lacrosse in Alberta.

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November

Jacob Motiuk – ASL Colton Barby Defensive Player of the Year Recipient

Jacob Motiuk of the Mounties is the inaugural recipient (2022) of the ASL Colton Barby Defensive Player of the Year award.

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2023

November

Ryan Zadderey – Grant McLeod Goalie of the Year Recipient

Ryan Zadderey of the Mounties is the 2023 recipient of the ASL Grant McLeod Goalie of the Year Award.

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November

Erin Kilbride – Shauna Sterparn Unsung Hero/Volunteer of the Year Recipient

Mounties manager, Erin Kilbride, is the 2023 recipient of the ASL Shauna Sterparn Unsung Hero/Volunteer of the Year Award.

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November

John Kilbride – Todd Lorenz Coach of the Year Recipient

Mounties head coach, John Kilbride, is the 2023 recipient of the ASL Todd Lorenz Coach of the Year Award.

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November

John Kilbride – Keith Berg Community Builder of the Year Recipient

Mounties head coach, John Kilbride, is the 2023 recipient of the ASL Keith Berg Community Builder of the Year Award.

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