Philadelphia Wings Executive Vice President and co-owner Michael French was named to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The former All-American from Cornell was born and raised in St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada. As a professional, French played one season in 1987 with the Wings and later became the team's General Manager (1988-94). He becomes the first inductee into both the United States and Canadian Lacrosse Halls of Fame.
"It's very humbling to be recognized like this for a sport I love so much," said French. "Lacrosse has been a part of my life for more than 30 years and this is very flattering to me. Most of these accomplishments should be shared with everyone that ever players the game with me, for if not for them, I could never have been the player I became."
Induction ceremonies are scheduled for November 3rd in Vancouver, British Columbia one month before the Wings begin their quest in defending their NLL championship.
French was a three time All-American and Captain of Cornell University's 1976 NCAA National Championship Team. That same year he was named NCAA College Player-of-the-year. In 1978 French Captained the Canadian National Team to its one and only World Field Lacrosse Championship in Manchester, England. French was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. French was the first Canadian player to be inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1991.
French is currently the Vice President of PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia, PA. He resides in Radnor with his wife Liz and daughter.
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