Lakers Ted Higgins Awarded Golden Stick Honour
Today, at the Ontario Lacrosse Association Annual General Meeting Awards Luncheon, Ted Higgins was the 2018 recipient of the Golden Stick Award. The honour is given to the person who is acknowledged for 50 years of volunteer service to the game of lacrosse.
The actual award is a sharp looking lapel pin of a lacrosse stick with a diamond stone in the shape of a lacrosse ball.
One of the finest ambassadors for the game of lacrosse, Ted is well known and immensely popular within the lacrosse community across Canada. Highlights of his lacrosse resume are listed below.
Ted Higgins has been involved with lacrosse for more than 50 years in almost every role possible. He has been a water boy, stick boy, player, team bus driver, team manager, team coach, team executive member, league executive member, and team owner. Beyond being a mainstay for Peterborough lacrosse, Ted Higgins is a genuine ambassador of the game of lacrosse.
He started as a player of bantam, midget and juvenile teams. The highlight of his career as a player came in 1961 when he played for the Minto Cup champion Hastings Legionnaires. The team was also the Eastern Canada Finalist in 1962. Ted went on to play two years of Senior lacrosse with the Brooklin Redmen.
In 1964, Ted Higgins in the role of General Manager, reactivated the Peterborough Senior team. This led to Ted being on the executive of the 1966 Mann Cup champion Peterborough Petes.
Over the next decades, Ted dedicated himself to lacrosse serving at both the junior and senior teams in Peterborough. He was an executive member of the 1971 Peterborough PCO's who were the Eastern Canada Junior "A" champions. This was followed by four consecutive Minto Cup championships from 1972 to 1975 (this legendary team was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2010).
Success continued at the Senior level with the Peterborough Red Oaks who won the Mann Cup in 1978 and the Eastern Canadian Championship in 1979.
During the 1980's and 1990's, Ted Higgins was responsible for Senior lacrosse surviving in Peterborough. Since that time, Ted played a pivotal role as the Peterborough team has won the Mann Cup in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018.
A genuine lacrosse icon, Ted Higgins has been inducted into the following:
Inducted into the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame in 1999
Inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1999
Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005
When one thinks of Peterborough lacrosse - for many, the first name that comes to mind is that of Ted Higgins - a genuine lacrosse legend, lacrosse icon and the type of person our game is blessed to have.
Major Series Lacrosse applauds Ted Higgins for his decades of tireless volunteer activities to growing the game of lacrosse. Well done, Ted!