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After 3 month canoe journey, professional lacrosse paddles into Halifax –

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201981 Views

October 1, 2019

The Halifax Thunderbirds professional lacrosse team traded in their lacrosse sticks for canoe paddles this summer.

Team owner and general manager Curt Styres, along with a rotating group of players and supporters undertook a 92-day canoe crusade from Six Nations, Ont., to deliver professional lacrosse to Nova Scotia.

Nearly 2,000 km’s later the canoe arrived to a warm reception along the Halifax waterfront on Tuesday.

“We could’ve flown here, we could’ve drove our car here,” said Styres. “But to me, I wanted Halifax to know that we were serious about coming here and we didn’t take it lightly.”

Styres, a First Nations entrepreneur, said he saw an opportunity to grow the sport of lacrosse, believing Halifax to be a ripe market. Styres decided to move the franchise from Rochester, N. Y., where the team won three straight National Lacrosse League (NLL) championships from 2013-2015.

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