Jack Bionda



Big Jack Bionda was lacrosse's first superstar.

The game of lacrosse has deep roots in Canada’s past, and if anyone in the modern game is worthy of veneration, it is Jack Bionda. Born in Huntsville, Ontario on 18 September 1933, Bionda was the first superstar of the sport he would dominate throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. His shot seemed liked a cannon ball, which is part of the reason.


Bionda is considered to be the greatest to ever play the game of lacrosse. Vancouver Sun columnist Archie McDonald once recalled a 1958 game in which a young reporter, after witnessing Bionda’s brilliance, sought a thesaurus. He was searching for another word for “unbelievable.”


On 12 May 1994, Bill C-212 was passed into law, acknowledging hockey and lacrosse as Canada’s official sports. Much has been made of the achievements of Canadians on the ice; but, certainly we have Jack Bionda to thank for thrilling audiences for more than a decade of play in our official summer sport.


He was a Footprint on the floor of Canadian sport.