Kevin Alexander is widely considered one of the greatest lacrosse players to ever play the game, and it took him just five years after retirement to be inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame (CLHF) in 1991. When September rolls around, Alexander will be recognized for his athletic accomplishments once again as he will be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame (BCSHF) in the Athlete Category. For the last three seasons, Alexander has been with the Vancouver Stealth as the Director of Player Development and will continue his role in the 2014 season.
The most notable difference about this induction, compared to CLHF, is that this time around every sport was eligible to get in. This made getting the call from the BCSHF even more special for Alexander, but it still came as a shock, “I was kind of a little bit surprised actually, it wasn’t something you were thinking about right when you get the phone call so a little bit surprised for sure.” Alexander’s lacrosse career often gets Gretzky-like respect, but he still manages to stay humble about being recognized with other sports legends, “You’re in there with a bunch of people from a bunch of sports you know, it's like a bigger world. You look around and see some of the other people in there, it’s pretty neat.”
The Victoria native left quite a mark on the game of lacrosse, especially when it comes to the stats column. He netted 797 goals and 584 assists in only 300 career games including the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) regular season, playoffs and the Mann Cup. Alexander also led the Victoria Shamrocks to two Mann Cup Championships in 1979 and 1983. He even had two championship seasons with the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) where he grabbed 47 goals and 14 assists in just 19 games.
Alexander will receive his recognition with the BCSHF next month, and then he will turn his focus to player development with the Vancouver Stealth. Even though lacrosse has been such a big part of Alexander’s life for so long, he still seems to find lots of joy in what he does, “You really never know what’s around the corner when you’re doing this kind of stuff. You just do what you like, hope you do a good job and go from there.”
Alexander and the Vancouver Stealth’s 2014 season kicks off at the Langley Events Centre in January and you can still order your season tickets at www.stealthlax.com or on our website at www.langleyeventscentre.com. Furthermore, you can catch some of the Stealth players in WLA Semi Final Playoff action this Thursday (August 8) at 7:45 pm for Game three between the Langley Thunder and the Coquitlam Adanacs, right here at the LEC.