World championships coming to Langley

Langley Events Centre chosen to host 2019 world indoor lacrosse championships

The world indoor lacrosse championships are coming to the Langley Events Centre in 2019.

The announcement was made after the closing ceremonies of the 2015 championships. Canada won their fourth consecutive gold medal defeating Iroquis 12-8 on Sunday.

The championships were hosted by the Ogondaga Nation in upstate New York.

Thirteen teams competed at the 2015 championships.

This will be the first time Canada has hosted a major international men’s indoor lacrosse event on the west coast.

“Our community has quickly become a ‘lacrosse town’ and we welcome the chance to experience the game at this level,” said Township Mayor Jack Froese.

The tournament will be staged in partnership with the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the B.C. Lacrosse Association.

“It’s an honour to be able to host Canada and the rest of the world in a sport we are so actively involved in and we look forward to working with our partners, the Canadian Lacrosse Association and the B.C. Lacrosse Association in helping put on a terrific event,” said Jared Harman, the LEC’s director of business development.

“The LEC has played host to many high profile events including the prestigious Mann and Minto Cups, the highest performance of senior and junior A lacrosse championships in Canada,” said Sohen Gill, the president of the BCLA.

“Also home to the Vancouver Stealth of the National Lacrosse League, the LEC facility is first class from the structure itself to its management and staff, who are exceptional and experienced in their administration, promotion, and co-ordination of activities on and off the floor.”

“The value of being able to host an international event such as this will have a positive impact on the growth of our sport,” said Stewart Begg, the CLA director of high performance and international relations.

“This level of play highlights international lacrosse and our national team program as it showcases the speed, skill and athleticism of lacrosse.”