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CANADIAN LACROSSE ALMANAC 1867-2021
First compiled in 2002 as a 102-page softcover book with a print-run of 200 copies, the Canadian Lacrosse Almanac was inspired by Jim Hendy and his pioneering work The Hockey Guide which first hit the shelves in 1933 and remained in yearly production until 1951.
The almanac’s initial focus was primarily on the statistical history of British Columbia lacrosse leagues – namely, annual league standings along with post-season play. It was the first publication to research and examine the pre-1932 era in British Columbia, which until that time had never been documented at any statistical level.
Over time, further research uncovered new data and new material was made available to the author. Cost and production issues made the author switch from a print format to releasing it in a PDF format – made available for free – when he completed a second edition in 2005. Annual digital copies have been released every year since 2007.
With the current 2021 edition now at 813 pages (with 84 more pages of new content compared to the 2020 edition), the almanac has expanded over the years to cover not only the Canadian lacrosse scene, but American NCAA collegiate, major and minor professional leagues, international competitions, and foreign domestic leagues where information is available.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic disrupting and cancelling play in leagues across Canada in 2020, the 2021 edition features updates from those lacrosse leagues in the United States of America and overseas that did manage to play partial or complete seasons – as well as a huge addition and expansion of European domestic league information which was uncovered during the past year.