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Gary Gait
Box player  -  2014

Gary Gait  grew up playing various sports with his twin brother Paul in their hometown of Victoria, BC. 

Arguably one of the best lacrosse players of all time, Gary revolutionized the game as we know it. 

Known as the Wayne Gretzky of lacrosse, Gary Gait, simply put, is the greatest lacrosse player the world has ever known. Gary has won every possible major lacrosse title a player can win – from Canadian Youth Box Lacrosse National Championships to NCAA and International Lacrosse titles. 

Gait’s Junior A career with the Victoria-Esquimalt Legion (1983-1988) was remarkable. This 4-time All-Star scored 356 goals, 267 assists in 101 regular season games and added another 183 goals and 149 assists in 56 playoff games. Gait captured his only Minto Cup in 1988 in the final year of Junior. 

In four years at Syracuse University (1987-1990), the Gaits led the Orange to three NCAA championships. Gary was a 4-time All-American and picked up 1988 NCAA player of the year honours. 

Gait played Senior A for both Brooklin Redmen and Victoria Shamrocks from 1989-2000. In 65 regular season games, he netted 228 goals and 181 assists for 409 points and added another 286 goals and 202 assists in 107 playoff games. He won three Mann Cups, two with the Shamrocks, and was named Mann Cup MVP in 1997 and co-winner with brother Paul in 1999. 

Gait won numerous other titles including three Major League Lacrosse titles, three MILL/National Lacrosse League titles, the 2004 Heritage Cup, the 2006 FIL World Lacrosse Championship as a player and most recently winning the 2014 FIL world title as a coach. 

Other accolades to Gait’s resume include the NLL MVP award a record six times, the MILL championship game MVP twice, and 2005 MLL MVP. 

He retired as the NLL’s all-time leader in goals (634), assists (526), and points (1160) and remains amongst the all-time leaders.

 Gary Gait has been inducted into the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame (2005), was a charter inductee into the NLL Hall of Fame (2005), the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (2010), BC Sports Hall of Fame (2011) and a member of the Victoria Seasprays and 2006 Team Canada teams inducted in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame Team Category.