Head down to the Kin Centre to catch some lacrosse action on any given summer night and you will likely see Fred Doig. He will be there to coach or just to watch, but chances are he will be there.
Doig, who won Canadian Senior “A” Championships (Mann Cup) with the Victoria Shamrocks in 1955 and 1956, is one of the founding fathers of lacrosse in Prince George. For his tireless work as a builder and promoter of the game, he is a deserving inductee into the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame.
In the mid 1960s, Doig helped to start the Prince George Lacrosse Association (PGLA). It started out as a two-team league but eventually grew to four teams. Doig, as well as helping to bring the league to life, was one of its most talented athletes. He was a member of the Columbus Macs as a player/coach and helped the team to a Canadian Senior “C” Championship in 1970. By the mid 1970s the PGLA was one of the most competitive leagues in the province. Doig was a catalyst for it all.
"He was a teacher and guide for so many young men,” says Ken McIntosh, a former member of the Macs. “He imbued in all his players an undying respect for the game and led them to accomplishments that they might not have thought possible.”
Doig, whose own career as a lacrosse player began in 1939 in Rossland, B.C., also helped to develop the Prince George Minor Lacrosse Association. In 1980, he received the first-ever Prince George Award of Merit for developing recreation in the city. Then, in 1993, he was presented with the Governor General’s Award for community service.
Today, Doig is still involved in lacrosse. He helps coach the Ironhorse Pub Bandits in the Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association, a team which his son, Brett, plays for. At the recent Alcan Cup Canadian Senior Invitational Lacrosse Championship in Prince George, Doig was chosen to perform the ceremonial opening face-off. Glen (Moose) Scott, an Alcan Cup organizer and a guy who used to play against Doig, says the coach and builder certainly belongs in the Prince George Sports Hall of Fame.