Lakers’ Goaltender Mike Poulin wins 2019 Athlete of the Year Award for Kitchener-Waterloo
Major Series Lacrosse goaltender Mike Poulin of the Peterborough Lakers was announced the winner of the “Kitchener-Waterloo Athlete of the Year for 2019”. The announcement was made in a virtual award ceremony via Zoom. Due to the COVID pandemic, the ceremony was moved online.
The friendly and popular Poulin backstopped the Lakers to their 2019 Mann Cup victory in Victoria in 2019. This particular series which the Lakers won 4 games to 1 was blessed with spectacular goaltending. The MSL veteran Mike Poulin played every single minute (307 minutes and 46 seconds) recording all four wins for Peterborough. He faced a total of 226 shots (45 per game), made 185 saves (37 saves per game) and was scored upon 41 times while recording a goals against average of 7.99 and a save percentage of .819 (82%). For his success, Poulin was the recipient of the Mike Kelley Award as the Most Valuable Player of the Mann Cup series.
In addition, Mike Poulin helped Team Canada win gold at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships held in Langley, British Columbia in September 2019. The World Lacrosse championship is held every four years. A record number of 20 countries participated in the 2019 tournament. In capturing the championship, Team Canada was awarded the Cockerton Cup. Mike Poulin was also individually recognized when he was selected as the goaltender of the All World team (an all-star team selected from all players in the tournament).