Player Profile: Getting to know Cal Slade

by Gary Ahuja

Cal Slade played his junior lacrosse with the Langley Junior Thunder organization. Garrett James Langley Events Centre photo

Ahead of the upcoming Western Lacrosse Association season, the Langley Thunder welcomed nine new faces to the team via the WLA Draft back in February. Here's a look at Cal Slade, selected in the second round (11th overall) from the Langley Junior Thunder program.

Name: Cal Slade

Age: 22

Height: 6’3

Weight: 200 lbs.

Hometown: Langley

Position: Defence

Minor Lacrosse Association: Langley Minor Lacrosse Association

Most Recent Team: Langley Junior Thunder (BC Junior A Lacrosse League)

How Long Have You Played: Mini-tyke

What Do You Love About the Sport: The intensity and physicality of the sport, as well as getting the opportunity to play with great teammates.

Greatest Lacrosse Achievement: Being a part of provincial championship teams.

If Not Lacrosse, What Sport Would You Play: Hockey

How Would You Describe Your Game: Gritty. I would say that I’d do everything that I can in order to contribute to the success of a defensive unit.

Short-term Goals: Perform well in my first WLA season.

Long-term Goals: Win a Mann Cup

Favourite Player Growing Up and Why: Lyle Thompson just because how creative his game is.

Who Do You Model Your Game After and Why: In my last couple of years of junior, my teammates have tremendously influenced how I play. Guys like Anthony Kalinich and Jake Richardson have been guys that I have modelled my game after.

Jersey Number and its Significance: #2. When I was in mini-tyke, my dad advised me to pick #2 because it was my mom’s number and I’ve been wearing it ever since.

Greater Feeling – Big Goal, Big Hit or Winning a Loose-ball battle (and why): A big hit – it gets the guys going.

Favourite Food: Sushi

Pre-game Meal: Chicken penne

Favourite Band or Artist: Eric Church

Pump-up Song: Too many to name just one.

Instagram or TikTok: Instagram