A look at the history of lacrosse on the world's biggest stage
Rick Dudley’s done pretty well in hockey for a guy who would rather have played lacrosse.
From Gretzky to Tavares, Shanahan to Stamkos, Canadian-born NHLers recommend playing lacrosse in the summer to improve hockey skills.
“It’s lacrosse that helped teach me to spin off checks, take shots and protect the puck under pressure. My stick skills, the way to read the play quickly comes from lacrosse. The hand-eye coordination, is just one of the little things that helps you in hockey.”
- John Tavares, two-time World Junior Hockey Champion
“I couldn’t wait for hockey season to end so I could pick up a lacrosse stick again.”
- Wayne Gretzky
Both hockey and lacrosse are high tempo, physical team sports that have similar elements to the game. Both sports utilize 5 players and a goalie, three periods and strategy of developing odd-man situations to create scoring opportunities. Hockey players excel in Lacrosse. And, in turn, they become markedly better hockey players.
Comparatively, lacrosse is a much less expensive sport than hockey and uses much of the same protective upper body equipment.