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Rivals is pledging four teams of 20 players per division, and a post on their Instagram on Friday listed a few spots remaining in each group. They’ve commissioned a company to film all the games, in a bid to create highlight tapes for the players that they can utilize pursuing university scholarships.

Timelines are tied to sports being allowed to open up. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s current orders, which forbid games between rival teams and any travel for sport, are in place until Feb. 5, although they could be extended past that date depending on COVID-19 numbers.

Dickson says that his group doesn’t want to “step on any toes,” with traditional minor lacrosse, which begins its box season usually in March. He says that they’re willing to pivot. Field lacrosse is traditionally a fall sport, so there are windows that could work.

“We all grew up playing minor lacrosse. We know how important it is,” Dickson said.

Some of the best lacrosse players in the world are from this province. Some of the best games ever have been played here. The sport doesn’t always garner that kind of attention, though. The game doesn’t suffer from a poor image. It suffers from a lack of one. People don’t know enough about it. Stakeholders banding together and working even more to sell might be the answer.

Getting a Dickson as a part of that unified front couldn’t hurt. He’s YouTube-friendly, with his knack for highlight-reel goals. He’s also Twitter-friendly. He’s always shown a willingness to speak his mind, most notably announcing on Twitter that he would skip the2022 World Games in Birmingham, Ala., if the Iroquois Nationals weren’t permitted to compete at the event.The Iroquois Nations were later included.

He sounds excited about this latest endeavour. That’s a plus. We’ll see where it goes.

“We’ve all been coaching in some capacity and the idea for this has been in the back of all our minds for awhile,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of time to talk about it (with the pandemic).”



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