Tim Winter played 22 seasons for his hometown team, winning two national championships along the way
Tim Winter will have a constant reminder of his long and decorated lacrosse career every time he walks into the Ladner Recreation Center.
The local product became the fourth player in the storied history of the Ladner Pioneers Senior “B” Lacrosse Club to have his jersey retired. Winter was honored at a special pregame ceremony ahead of the Pioneers’ regular season finale against the North Shore Indians on July 7.
His No. 77 joins the likes of Ed Schuss, John Schuss and Ross Frehlick on the east wall of the arena. Winter played 22 seasons for the Pioneers and established himself as one of the top defensemen in the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association.
He first joined the team as a proven scorer in the junior ranks and continued that role for a few seasons before making the jump to the New West Salmonbellies of the Western Lacrosse Association in 1995. The two-year stint has been highlighted while playing in the Mann Cup. as New West lost in six games to the powerhouse Six Nations Chiefs of Ontario.
Winter returned to the hometown club in time for Ladner to host the 1997 President’s Cup. The Pioneers won bronze that year, then broke through the following season in Tuscarora, NY for their first national title in the league. history of the franchise.
They did it again in 2004 on British Columbia soil when Ladner beat the Kahnawake Mohawks 6-3 at Langley. It was part of a 12-year run. Winter served as team captain before retiring in 2012. He also added another President Cup bronze in 2006 when Ladner hosted the tournament for the second time.
Pioneers head coach and former teammate Ross Frehlick presented him with a plaque and a $1,000 travel voucher on behalf of the club.