The doc, well, I’m not really a doctor, i just string lacrosse heads, but i’ve been stringing sticks since the 80′s, so i figure its taken me a long time to learn the craft, much like a doctor, and it seems that I always end up fixxing sticks that others attempt to string…Just about anybody can throw some strings and mesh in a head and say they strung a stick, but it takes a lot of years to perfect the science… My lacrosse experience runs deep, I started playing tyke in 1974, and played on the 1979 Nova Scotia pee wee national team, that ventured cross Canada, to British Columbia finishing 5th in the “C” division, it was a HUGE eye opener for a young 10 year old, that’s where I learned how the game was actually played…The big three ( Ont. B.C. and the Iroquois) eventually showed me that there was a higher brand of lacrosse out there nationally, than provincially, and so began my quest for love. Lacrosse in Nova Scotia kind of slept in the 80′s but for a small pocket of die hards, and not for me…you could see me walking the streets of Shannon Park/Wallis Heights dragging my stick every where, day and night,11, 12, 13 years old. I really should thank a guy named Allen Blake for that one, he was the first guy i ever saw do that, and he was a HUGE influence on me that way, because he was a SERIOUS baller, especially because all the fellas played with wooden sticks back then. Another guy who was a wizard with the stick was Harry Baker Sr. This guy is an east coast legend. I could rave on and on about the guys I watched growing up. I spent a lot of time pounding that ball against the back of the school after that, to try and become as good as those guys and I’m glad I did cause lacrosse is the best game in the world.
I was first introduced to stringing sticks by my father, and a salty ol’ Navy guy named Don”Twiggy”McElhone from the old neighborhood, Shannon Park. (Don was recently inducted into Cornwall Ontario’s lacrosse hall of fame). This was back in the day when all sticks were made of wood and in one piece, all sticks had traditional pockets, 4 runners, and woven leather through the pocket. This is LONG before plastic heads and one piece mesh came along…I don’t do many traditional pockets any more, and actually prefer the ten diamond mesh pockets that are most common today. Much respect to the traditional pocket but the mesh they have now a days makes it much easier to keep your pocket maintained and consistant.