Down Memory Lane - Stan Joseph Jr.
Down Memory Lane Articles - by Stan Shillington
Down memory lane with Stan Shillington
For almost two decades, many pretenders to the crown attempted to dislodge him from his Number One perch without success. He remained with the Indians until the team once again disbanded after the 1955 season. He then joined Vancouver for one term before heading off to the Royal City as a main cog in the Salmonbellies' Rebuilding project aimed at capturing the Mann Cup.
It was propitious move for Stan was to enjoy something that ha deluded his father. The senior Joseph played for the Salmonbellies and Indians without success in the 1933, 1934 and 1936 Mann Cup championships. Now, with his lean years behind him, Bunny was to savour Mann Cup victory with the 1958 New Westminster juggernaut.
In 1959, Stan shared the goaltending chores with a hot rookie named Les Norman on the way to a repeat Mann Cup title.
Norman was young and on his way up the ladder of stardom. It evident that he was to be the Top Dog as the 1960 season approached. Not wishing to spend his old age on the bench, Joseph asked Vancouver coach Bob Marsh if he could attend workouts.
Toiling with the same determination he displayed as a green grass rookie 16 years earlier, Bunny was again Number One, capturing his fourth Lea Nicholson Trophy as the league's top goalie. The following season, 1961, Stan and Don Hamilton shard the Vancouver netminding duties on the way to yet another Mann Cup title.
After the 1963 season, Stan began coaching the North Shore Indians Senior "B" team and, of course, looked after the goaltending chores. He returned to Senior "A" play with North Vancouver in 1968 and 1969 before returning to the Senior "B" level for the next half dozen years. Stan's last Senior "A" game was a 31-minute stint for Coquitlam Adanacs on July 11, 1970, rejecting 19 of 27 New Westminster shots.
No one before or since had enjoyed netminding success using Stan's unorthodox style of clutching the shaft of the stick with both hands, the leather pocket held a waist height. Awkward - but for him, it worked.
Stan wasn't much of a conversationalist on or the playing floor but, at post-game gatherings, he loved to entertain with an excellent impersonation of Bill Kenny of the Ink Spots.
No other goalie in Western Canadian senior lacrosse had faced or blocked more rubber than Joseph. In his 522-game career, Stan stopped 13,040 for 18,456 shots for a 70.65 per cent save average.
In 1976, Stan was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
On March 21, 2001, the highly respected elder of the Squamish Nation in North Vancouver passed away, leaving behind eight sons and 27 grandchildren, many of whom will maintain the marriage of the Joseph name with the game of lacrosse.