Above Photo by Paul Horn - BootStrap Consulting
Washington Stealth President and General Manager Johnny Mouradian was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame last weekend in Burnaby, British Columbia. It is the sixth Hall of Fame induction of Mouradian’s illustrious career, including his second into the Canadian Hall.
Mouradian started playing lacrosse as a box player in St. Catharines, Ontario in the 1970s. He went on to play the field game at Ithaca College (NY) where he was a team captain and All-Star attackman. He represented Canada twice in international play, winning the bronze medal in 1974 and taking home the gold in 1978 for Canada’s first World field lacrosse title.
Mouradian continued playing club lacrosse in Niagara and Oshawa in the 1980s, winning four Ontario field lacrosse championships. He went on to become a coach and organizer for a number of field lacrosse programs in Canada. He was head coach of the 1985 Canadian National Team and on the coaching staffs of four Canadian National Field lacrosse teams that participated in the World Championships 1982 Baltimore Maryland, 1986 Toronto, Canada, 1990 Perth, Australia and 1998 Baltimore, Maryland. He continues to serve as Team Canada’s general manager.
Mouradian was General Manager of the Canadian National Indoor Lacrosse Heritage Cup team in 2002 and 2004. In 2003, he was general manager of the Canadian National Indoor Lacrosse team that won the inaugural World Indoor Championships and Chairman of the Canadian National Indoor Team the won the World Indoor Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2007.
Mouradian has also served in a variety of management roles with other NLL teams. He was general manager for the Buffalo Bandits, Ontario Raiders/Toronto Rock and the Ottawa Rebel. In addition, Mouradian won eight Professional World Indoor Championships in various roles as a team executive, general manager and shareholder (Buffalo in 1992, 1993 and 1996; and Toronto in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005). In 2003, Mouradian was General Manager of the Year for the National Lacrosse League.
Mouradian is a member of five halls of fame: the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame (1998), Ithaca College (2000), St. Catharines Hall of Fame (2008), National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame and now twice inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, as a member of the 1978 Canadian National Team and a field player.
At the event, Mouradian was reunited with former teammates, coaches and players including a number of members of the Washington Stealth organization.
“Field lacrosse continues to grow in Canada and I feel very privileged that I had an opportunity to assist with that growth,” said Mouradian following the event. “Spending the weekend reunited with our 1978 Head Coach Bob Allan and some of our players from that world championship team was special. We had too much fun!”
Mouradian and the Stealth now gear up for training camp for the upcoming 2010 season. Training camp is schedule to begin in December with the inaugural season at the Comcast Arena begins on January 9 against the Colorado Mammoth.