Caught-up in pro lacrosse fever, Saskatoon lands world championship tournament
Tournament honours game's Indigenous roots
With the arrival of the Saskatchewan Rush, Saskatoon is a little caught up with lacrosse fever.
Now the city has landed a premier event that will only add to that frenzy.
It's very graceful. It's a fun, exciting game.- Randy Trobak
Saskatoon will be home to the 2018 World Junior Lacrosse Championship.
"Anytime team Canada and team USA meet, it is going to be exciting, that's for sure," said Randy Trobak in an interview with CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.
"This game is very fast. There are a lot of young guys trying to prove themselves."
Trobak is with the Saskatoon Box Lacrosse Association and is the driving force behind the successful bid to bring the championship to the city.
Honouring the history of the game
With the professional league in Saskatoon, and now with some of the best under-20 lacrosse players in the world headed here in August, the city is caught up in a modern love affair with a game that finds its roots in the history of Indigenous communities who played long before colonisation.
Trobak said that the energy has captured young people, and that the Saskatoon Box Lacrosse League has seen its numbers double over the last couple of years.
"It shows the kids that are coming up, where they can go with the game."
This tournament pays great tribute to the games Indigenous roots. In fact, playing alongside Canada and the U.S. will be the Iroquois Nation, and this will be the first time the International Indoor Junior Lacrosse tournament will be staged outside of Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario.
Best of the best
Trobak said the level of play will be intense as these young man compete not only to represent their teams, but also themselves as they showcase their skills but he said, it would be a mistake to think that this is just a tough, physical game.
"It's very graceful. It's a fun, exciting game."
The championship will be held at SaskTel Centre from August 8th to 12th.
with files from Saskatoon Morning