Some good sleuthing has stopped a television crew in its tracks.
TSN was scheduled to be in Armstrong today and Thursday to film a Remembrance Day feature on five Shamrock lacrosse players who died in the Second World War. However, an apparent mystery surrounding the players has been resolved and that means the TV production won’t make a local stop.
“It’s disappointing that we’re not able to tell their story because they were exceptional athletes,” said Ryan Nitchie, Junior Shamrocks coach.
TSN was interested in a theory that the disappearance of the Shaw Cup — a solid silver lacrosse trophy — was linked to one of the five players.
“It was thought that one of the guys hid it,” said Nitchie of the possibility of the cup resurfacing after the war so the reunited team could compete for it again.
“He then died overseas and he wasn’t able to return to recover the cup.”
That concept was based on the premise that the cup went missing in about 1940 and it was discovered in the rafters of an old building in 1974.
However, recent research by Nitchie and Innes Cooper has determined that the trophy was simply decommissioned in about 1937. After being on display at city hall for awhile, the cup was put away and the storage place was forgotten about until 1974.
The cup, which was donated to the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Museum, is now the focus of competition between teams in the Okanagan X Lacrosse League.
While TSN won’t visit Armstrong, not all of the original plans have been scrapped.
There will be an exhibition game between the Armstrong Shamrocks and the Vernon Tigers today at 7 p.m. at Hassen Arena. The teams will be bolstered by former players of the 1970s.
Admission to the game is free and the Royal Canadian Legion will be selling poppies.
Nitchie believes today’s game could lead to a new tradition.
“We are thinking that around Remembrance Day every year we will host an alumni game and honour those that came before us,” he said.
TSN was in Armstrong in August after the city won the Kraft Celebration Tour.