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Calgary Roughnecks star, Shawn Evans, is currently leading the National Lacrosse League in scoring. Again. The Peterborough Native cut his teeth in lacrosse playing for the Junior and Senior Peterborough Lakers and making life rough for teams in nearby Whitby and Brooklyn.
He is the only player in history to win Championships at the Junior, Senior, and Professional levels in the same year and has won 3 gold medals at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
With a career like his, there are plenty of moments to look back on, and many people to thank as influences. And yet, his biggest influence remains his father.
“My dad was definitely my biggest push,” he remembers. “He’d give me pointers after each game on what I needed to work on and on what I could improve.”
For Evans, having a supportive family is a must for any young lacrosse athlete.
“Just being there to play catch or to help you learn skills is a big thing,” he says. “And having them cheer you on and believe in you.”