A lot of kids in the lower mainland of British Columbia can say they have the sport of lacrosse in their blood.
For a long, long time, the sport has been a summer go to in the area.
But for Roughnecks rookie Garrett McIntosh, he is apart of lacrosse royalty from the area.
His grandpa, Gary McIntosh, is a member of the Canada Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the builder category. His resume includes president of British Columbia Lacrosse Association, manager of intermediate teams in the Coquitlam area, and was named Mr. Lacrosse in B.C. in 1994.
His father, Jim McIntosh, was a fixture in the area for coaching and managing lacrosse teams for many, many years.
“They never played very highly, but they coached and they grew the game very high,” said Garrett McIntosh. He also has a brother, Ben McIntosh, who plays field lacrosse for Drexel University as well.
McIntosh, a 3rd round draft pick from this year’s draft, is about to embark on his first ever NLL season.
Besides the love of the game, Garrett can also thank his family for the size that brought him to Calgary.
“Dad’s pretty big guy, brother is a little shorter but he’s stocky as well. We all have some pretty good size in the family.”
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defender brings a size to the defensive end that the Roughnecks haven’t employed in a number of seasons.
He the largest defender on the Riggers, and he loves using that size to his benefit.
“You’re not going to be pushed around very much,” he said. “I play on the backend near the crease because I’m there to come across and lay the body. When I’m there, I can clear and protect the crease as well.”
A graduate of Drexel University, he spent last summer with the Maple Ridge Burrards of the Western Lacrosse Assocation. His teammates included Roughnecks star Curtis Dickson, but has also played junior with Tor Reinholt, Matthew Dinsdale and Travis Cornwall.
Back in 2010, he won the Minto Cup with the Coquitlam Adanacs. His head coach at the time – Curt Malawsky.
“He knows what I can do so he’s getting on my case more and more,” McIntosh said about the Roughnecks bench boss. “He knows how to get the best out of me, and I just need to get used to him again and give him what he wants.”