The Vancouver Ravens Lacrosse Club today added another high-profile local sports personality to their National Lacrosse League front office by appointing Dr. Dave Lough of Burnaby, B.C. as Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting.
The hiring of Dr. Lough (pronounced "Lock") underlines the commitment to local leadership by the Ravens, who make their debut in the National Lacrosse League this December with home games at General Motors Place.
Best-known for his work with the Minto Cup champion Burnaby Junior Lakers and his involvement with the old Memorial Cup champion New Westminster Bruins of Major Junior Hockey, Dr. Lough joins a front office headed by Paul Dal Monte of Burnaby, Director of Lacrosse Operations and Head Coach, and Dave Evans of Langley, B.C., General Manager and Director of Player Personnel.
"On behalf of Dave Evans and I, I'm very pleased that we can launch the Vancouver Ravens with the support and involvement of Dr. Dave Lough in the areas of team management and scouting," said Dal Monte, who has served as co-coach alongside Dr. Lough with the Burnaby Junior Lakers since 1995. The pair has led the Lakers to two Minto Cup championships in 1998 and 2000, in addition to three other appearances in the Minto Cup junior national lacrosse finals.
"Dr. Lough will provide us with the value of his experience and the weight of his network of relationships within the Canadian lacrosse community," said Dal Monte. "We're committed to building a franchise that all Vancouverites and British Columbians can be proud of and Dave's work in establishing our scouting network will serve as an important foundation for our future successes."
Dr. Lough served as a coach in the Burnaby Minor Lacrosse Association from 1980 through 1987. He coached Canada's national men's field lacrosse team at the World Championships in Australia in 1974. As a player, Dr. Lough won a series of Ontario minor lacrosse championships with Huntsville in the 1950s and 1960s and was co-captain of the Oshawa Green Gaels Minto Cup champions in 1963. He led the Brampton Excelsiors to the Minto Cup finals in 1962 before making the Mann Cup finals with the Brooklin Redmen in 1967.
"I consider this both a tremendous honour and an exciting opportunity," said Dr. Lough. "I am very impressed with the way the Ravens have gone about building their franchise on the strength of the BC lacrosse community and I'm very proud to be involved."
Outside of lacrosse, Dr. Lough's resume includes basketball and hockey. He played Jr. "A" hockey with St. Michael's in Toronto in 1960, was a management consultant to the old New Westminster Bruins from 1971 to 1978 (Memorial Cup champions in 1977 and 1978) and served as a medical consultant to the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League from 1979 to 1982.
"We're very pleased that Paul Dal Monte, Dave Evans and all of us associated with the Vancouver Ravens will be able to rely on Dr. Dave Lough, his expertise, his experience and his tremendous national lacrosse network," said Tom Mayenknecht of West Vancouver, Governor of the Vancouver Ravens and a partner in Sportworks Entertainment, the parent company which also operates the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL A-League of soccer and the Vancouver Breakers of the USL W-League. David Stadnyk of Vancouver and Bob Smart of North Vancouver are the other principals in Sportworks.
"Given Dr. Lough's long-time involvement in the sport of lacrosse and his friendship with all-time great Jack Bionda, he gives us another strong link to the great heritage and tradition of lacrosse in Canada in general and B.C. in particular," said Mayenknecht.
Dr. Lough is a product of Huntsville, Ont., where he grew up and played lacrosse alongside Bionda, regarded as the "Wayne Greztky of Canadian Lacrosse". In tribute to Bionda, who played much of his career in Victoria and New Westminster, the Ravens have named their colours and ticket options Raven Black, Spirit Red and Bionda Gold (along with grey and white).
Dr. Lough is an owner and director of a series of medically-related companies. An emergency medical specialist since 1969, Dr. Lough has served at Burnaby General Hospital since 1970. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963 and received a Doctorate in medicine from Queen's University in 1968.