Dickson stepping away from WLA

by Gary Ahuja

After a storied career in the Western Lacrosse Association, the last two seasons which he spent with the Langley Thunder, Curtis Dickson is retiring from the summer box lacrosse league.

Dickson announced his decision via social media following the Thunder’s Game 7 loss in the WLA Finals to the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

“Curtis is a world-class player whose resume and accolades speak for themselves. It has been a pleasure watching him wear the Thunder jersey these past two seasons and we can’t thank Curtis enough for his contributions to our organization. He will always be a valued member of the Thunder family,” said Thunder General Manager Rob Buchan.

In his final game in a Langley uniform, Dickson scored a goal and three assists, but Langley came up short, losing 12-7 to the host Salmonbellies at New Westminster’s Queen’s Park Arena. He finished the seven-game series with eight goals and 28 points. Dickson was named a WLA First Team All-Star this past season with 22 goals and 66 points in just a dozen games.

In his two seasons in a Langley uniform, Dickson finished with 49 goals and 134 points in 26 regular season games and another 43 goals and 106 points in 22 playoff games as the Thunder won the 2022 WLA title. Langley made it to Game 7 of the Mann Cup championships, before losing to the Peterborough Lakers. Despite the defeat, Dickson was the recipient of the Mike Kelley Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player at the Mann Cup after scoring 18 goals and 42 points over the course of the series.

Dickson’s WLA playing rights were acquired for two seasons by Langley from the Maple Ridge Burrards. The 35-year-old from Port Coquitlam was selected third overall in the 2010 WLA Graduating Junior Player Draft by Maple Ridge and he went on to great success with the Burrards, surpassing the 50-goal mark in 2013 (58 goals and 103 points).

He has also represented Canada at the international level throughout his career, both in the box and field versions of the sport.