Young Lakers Aim to Be Competitive in 2019

by Owen Munro

Photo credit: Burnaby Now

Change is the word for the Burnaby junior Lakers.

Although a flotilla of new faces is nothing new as a new season approaches, the pedigree of those in charge gives hope to the idea of a resurgence on the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League charts.

Spring is the time, after all, for eternal optimism. 

With the likes of Russ Heard, Chris Levis and Tyler Kirkby stepping behind the bench, elite experience isn’t a question. From Heard’s perspective, rolling up the sleeves and getting down to work is a big part of restoring the Lakers’ once illustrious reputation.

“As we told the guys in training camp, Burnaby hasn’t won a lot of games in recent years, so the first thing we’re going to do is try to instill a strong, cohesive culture,” said Heard, whose number as a junior Laker is retired in the Copeland Sports Centre’s rafters.

“We only have nine returning players so a majority of the players are new, to the Lakers and to junior A. There’s a learning curve there.”

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