About the author

Updating the original Mann Cup at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 2015
Updating the original Mann Cup at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, October 2015

Dave Stewart-Candy is a resident of Surrey, British Columbia. Starting in May 2000, he has spent the past twenty years researching the statistical history of lacrosse, with a focus on the previously-undocumented 1882-1931 period when field lacrosse was the primary and popular version of the game in British Columbia.

He has been a member of the board of governors and an historian for the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in New Westminster, British Columbia since July 2012.

Beginning in 2002, he has compiled the Canadian Lacrosse Almanac as an annual compendium of league standings and history covering Canada, the United States of America, and overseas. Initially printed in April 2002 as a 102-page softcover book with a print-run of 200 copies, the Canadian Lacrosse Almanac was inspired by sports writer 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 field lacrosse 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.

alcan cup 2008
Playing senior lacrosse with the Vancouver Burrards, August 2008

Cost and production issues made the author switch from a print format to releasing it in a PDF format – made available for free (see links below) – when he completed a second, updated edition in 2005. The almanac has expanded over the years to cover the rest of Canada as well as American NCAA collegiate, major and minor professional leagues, international competitions, and foreign domestic leagues where information is available.

In February 2012, after ten years of research, he self-published his pioneering work Professional Field Lacrosse in British Columbia 1909-1924. An in-depth statistical history of professional-level lacrosse played in Vancouver and New Westminster between 1909 and 1924, this publication thoroughly detailed the statistical aspect of the pro game from the days when lacrosse – and not hockey – captivated the attention and won the hearts and minds of sports fans in the Lower Mainland.

During the course of his research, he came across numerous old lacrosse photographs from the era in the various city archives as well as at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Remarkably little is known today about these stars from yesteryear. He set up this Old School Lacrosse website in September 2013 as a means to discover and tell the story of these photographs, the people in them, and their relevance to the history of lacrosse in the province and in Canada.

A second, revised printed edition was completed in November 2014, renamed Old School Lacrosse – Professional Lacrosse in British Columbia 1909-1924 to keep it consistent with the associated Old School Lacrosse website. It was expanded to 229 pages incorporating the original statistical material along with the player biographies and articles from Old School Lacrosse – as well as more photographs.

Playing senior lacrosse with the Prince George Stylers, 2015
Playing senior lacrosse with the Prince George Stylers, April 2015

In the spring and summer months, the author would take a break from historical research to play as a defenseman for the Prince George Stylers of the Prince George Senior ‘C’ Lacrosse Association. He completed his final season in June 2015, hanging up his old-school wooden stick at the age of 46. Prior to signing with the Stylers in the spring of 2011, he played seven seasons between 2004 and 2010 with the Vancouver Vipers and Vancouver Burrards of the West Central Senior ‘C’ Lacrosse League.

Print copies of the second edition of Old School Lacrosse – Professional Lacrosse in British Columbia 1909-1924 are still available for $10.00 CDN each plus parcel post. Please contact the author at the e-mail address below for more information.

E-mail contact: davidjsc @ gmail.com

Click this link to view and download: OLD SCHOOL LACROSSE – PRO LACROSSE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1909-1924
Click this link to view and download: CANADIAN LACROSSE ALMANAC 1867-2021

January 4, 2015 interview with Fieldhouse (former Boxer) Journal (Baltimore, Maryland):
http://www.fieldhousejournal.net/2015/01/books-canada-overlooked-outdoor-legacy.html
June 15, 2015 interview with CKPG TV Sports (Prince George, British Columbia): http://www.ckpg.com/2015/06/15/no-distance-too-far-for-stewart-candys-love-of-lacrosse/
July 1, 2015 interview with CKPG TV Sports (Prince George, British Columbia): https://youtu.be/W-gxFfOAOjU
Interview excerpt from the 2018 documentary Lacrosse: A Nation’s Game: https://www.facebook.com/NumanFilms/videos/1572399616148606/
February 17, 2019 Canadian Lacrosse Foundation “Lacrosse Talks” at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame: https://youtu.be/0nDgaVvMr5s

12 thoughts on “About the author

  1. Hi Dave. Love the site. Not sure how I missed it before (when I discovered the Almanac). So glad it’s on file at the National Archives. (Have you seen the scrapbooks they have there put together by someone from the Orillia Terriers?) Are you interested in corrections and additional information for your Almanac? As I’ve been using it, I found one place where I could add a bit of (obscure) additional information, and another place or two where it appears some items were reversed/mixed-up? Let me know.

  2. dave;
    i’ve read your stuff on the nll forum for years. this is my first time looking at your blog. what a great time it must had been. with the wings relocating, i’ll be looking for anything to soothe my boxla addiction. your blog will be one of them.

    1. Thanks Doug! Articles here have unfortunately slowed down now as there is only small, finite amount of info on this era and its players – although I do constant updates on existing articles as new data or corrections, etc. come my way.

  3. Jean… me personally, no because it’s likely something beyond my $$ range – and as for the CLHOF, we only accept items by donation. However, the Laxmedals guy (Mike) above however might be interested. Drop me a line to davidjsc @ gmail.com and I will put you two in contact with each other.

  4. Hi Dave, Two questions concerning the Vacouver team in the Mann Cup in 1914. I notice on another site the information says the controversy over the win ultimately stayed in Vancouver’s favour. Your account is that it was awarded to Calgary, however Vancouver did not turn over the gold cup. Which is more accurate, as I have a gold medal from the Vancouver captain for that year , along with a photo of all team members. And, does anyone know where the gold cup is today? Thank you, Dave. Jean

    1. It’s more a point of reference. The whole incident is a little confusing and murky – and ultimately later was swept under the rug and written out of the history books in the 1920s. Technically the trustee(s) in 1914 had the final say who was the current champion – but all the various governing amateur and lacrosse governing bodies of the day ignored their ruling. At that time, the CLA did not exist. The Mann Cup was a challenge trophy so there could be and were multiple winners during the same season (just like there was with the Stanley Cup) as teams challenged for it. However, over time it’s been recorded down only one champion per year – and that’s what the CLA regards as official as they now have final say over the cup. What I recorded down was how contemporary sources saw it as – not what may have later been revised years later and passed down to today as official. Another instance is when Vancouver were Mann Cup champions in 1922 for one or two weeks – bookended by New Westminster, as New Westminster had relinquished it at the start of the season and there were two competitions competing for it. But there is no acknowledgement now made of the 1922 Vancouver champions today (assuming anyone even knows about it) – even though there are photos from 1922 calling them champions. As for the “gold cup” – that is the Mann Cup – and that is safe and sound at the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

      1. Thank you so much, Dave. Very interesting happenings in sports from 100 years ago! Would you know of anyone that would be interested in this Birks Gold medal from 1914 with the Captain’s name McLeod on it?

  5. Just a short note to mention how much I appreciated your well-researched website. Thanks for all your great efforts.

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