Lacrosse was Canada’s most popular sport before ice hockey came along. In the 1630s, French Jesuit missionaries working in the St. Lawrence Valley saw lacrosse being played by the Native American Indians. Jean de Brébeuf wrote about the game being played by the Huron Indians in 1636 and it was he who named the game ‘lacrosse’. The first recorded match was between the Anglophones and Mohawk First Nations on August 29, 1844.
The deep roots lacrosse has in Canadian history were showcased in 1994 when it became Canada’s official summer sport.