Les Lawton, the winningest coach in womens hockey history, reached
another milestone last Friday night in Trois Rivières. Lawton won
his 500th game as head coach of the Concordia Stingers when his troops
beat the host squad 6-2.
Players and coaches poured onto the ice at games end to congratulate
Lawton for his incredible accomplishment. An enthusiastic crowd that included
at least 50 boisterous Concordia supporters witnessed the milestone event.
The game was initially close, but the Stingers had a 4-1 lead by the end
of the second period and chipped in another two goals in the final 20
minutes to seal the victory. Scoring for the Stingers were Dominique Rancour,
M.C. Allard, Sue Kaye, Leanne Martell, Geneviève Dupuis and Catherine
Lawton began his career as Stingers coach in the 1983-84 season. Since
that time he has a 500-157-63 record for a .739 winning percentage. He
was named CIAU Coach of the Year in 2000 and has been named QSSF Coach
of the year six times. His Lady Stingers won the National Championship
in 1998 and 1999.
I was paid about $300 during my first season as coach of Concordia,
laughed Lawton. I probably thought it was a lot of money at the
The last puck of the game and the jacket worn by Lawton at the historic
event will be sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The Concordia
community will also celebrate Lawtons illustrious 20-year career
on Saturday, Feb. 15, with a ceremony before the Concordia-Carleton matchup
at the Ed Meagher Arena. Festivities begin at 2 p.m.