Editor’s Note: This article originally ran Jan. 20, 2017 and the title has been trimmed. Due to the pandemic, we are tapping into our archives more for arts and sports. This section will return to its regular schedule when the crisis concludes with Alberta reaching Phase 3 of its relaunch.
By Mitch Goldenberg
Doug Tokar can list more than a few times when he saw his son, Michael, knocked off his feet on the lacrosse field.
“He’s 5’8 and 140 pounds playing Junior A, so he’s always thrown around and beaten up. I remember once in a Junior B game he was shoved five-feet after he took a shot; I didn’t think he would get up,” Doug said. “But he got up and scored right on that power play. He never got scared, never backed down and always came back.”
Michael has been flying around the lacrosse field since the age of four — both on his feet and off of them. Now, the 17-year-old scorer is set to reap the benefits of a dozen years of punishment from minor lacrosse opponents.