The Victoria Shamrocks have never retired a jersey number in their illustrious 76 year history.
And when they finally decided to put a number in the rafters, there wasn’t much debate about who would get the honour.
It was a little bit of history last night as Whitey Severson’s number 8 becomes the first number ever to be retired by one of lacrosse’s most storied franchises.
Severson joined the club in 1951, just one year after the shamrocks joined the league, and he put up more than 12-hundred points in his career, in an era where second assists weren’t recognized.
He also won three man cups as a player and a coach, and whitey, looking real good at 87, was blown away by the honour.
“it was unbelievable,” said Severson, “I didn’t realize this was gong to happen, but it’s no different. Like winning a Mann Cup, this is what I thought I won tonight, like a fourth one. But a wonderful show, people are so wonderful.”