David Alguire presenting to Bill Manning on behalf of his father Bill Manning.
Lacrosse & Hockey
Bill Manning started playing lacrosse at the age of fourteen in the Joe St. Denis' Our Citizens of Tomorrow Program in Cornwall. He also played with the Wales/St. Andrews Juvenile team that won the league championship. At the age of seventeen Bill joined the Cornwall Seniors of the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League.
After serving in the Canadian Navy Bill returned to lacrosse in 1950. Behind Bill's stellar goaltending, the Alexandria Maroons captured the Senior League Championship and Bill was named League MVP.
In 1951 he joined the Cornwall Pontiacs who represented Eastern Lacrosse Association at the Ontario Senior B Lacrosse Final. In losing a heartbreaking 12 to 11 game, Bill managed to keep the score close even though his team was outshot by a 53 to 31 margin. In 1953, Bill returned to the St Regis team and made it to the finals of the Ontario Senior B Championships. Bill was also an excellent goaltender for a few local hockey teams at that time, helping Wales to a league championship in 1949.