Dave Stewart-Candy is a resident of East Vancouver, British Columbia. He has been a member of the board of governors for the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame since July 2012, responsible for acquisitions and archives. Starting in May 2000, he has spent the past seventeen 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.
Since 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 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.
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. With the current 2018 edition now at 647 pages, the almanac has expanded over time to cover the rest of Canada as well as United States NCAA collegiate, 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. The 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. An in-depth statistical history of professional-level lacrosse played in Vancouver and New Westminster between 1909 and 1924, it goes back to the original newspaper reports and game summaries for its sources.
The original 184-page book contained complete box scores assembled and cross-referenced for accuracy, featuring each and every match played, listing starting rosters, goal-scoring summaries, detailed player career statistics listing every match, and historical photographs from the hey-day of lacrosse on the West Coast. The first edition was limited to a print run of 30 copies, while updated digital versions were made available as free PDFs to provide the reader of Old School Lacrosse with all the game statistics behind the people and photographs found on this site.
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 the 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 with 50 copies printed. For the second edition, the book was renamed Old School Lacrosse – Professional Lacrosse in British Columbia 1909-1924 to keep it consistent with this 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.
In the spring and summer months, the author has taken 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 fifth and final season with the club, hanging up his old wooden stick in June 2015, 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 (shipping costs via Canada Post parcel service are extra) and payment for all shipped orders to be made via PayPal. To order your copy, please contact the author at the e-mail address below.
E-mail contact: davidjsc @ gmail.com
Follow on Twitter at: @ oldbootdave
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 1867-2018
January 4, 2015 interview with Fieldhouse (former Boxer) Journal (Baltimore, Maryland):
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