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Time Traveller: Squamish Nation lacrosse team was one of the best in Canada

The Sḵwx̱wú7mesh lacrosse team, shown here in 1932, is often credited with popularizing the sport in B.C. due to their amazing speed, skill and style of play

Here is a photo of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) lacrosse team, taken in October 1932. That year, the team took the local league title, and went on to challenge for a chance to compete for the Mann Cup, the senior lacrosse championship of Canada, ultimately falling short (although they did make it to the Mann Cup final four years later in 1936). 

The team was managed by Xwechtáal Andy Paull and led by star goalie Henry Baker, who competed as a member of the Canadian lacrosse team at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932.

It was noted of their style that “their speed and stick-handling ability [stood] them in good stead against all opposition.”

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