Hearts were heavy within the lacrosse community as organizations, allies, fellow coaches and players offered their condolences to the loved ones and family of of great Lacrosse player and coach Dean Hill.
Hill’s passing was announced on Monday, September 6 on social media. He was 36.
With a history of high level lacrosse, Hill was a fierce offensive player and was selected in the 2005 NLL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Swarm. He entered the NLL with Minnesota after a season in OJBLL playing for the St. Catharines Spartans. He played in the NLL for the Rochester Knighthawks, Edmonton Rush, Washington Stealth and Colorado Mammoth.
He won the President’s Cup in 2012 with the St. Regis Braves and played Senior A lacrosse with the Victoria Shamrocks from 2009 to 2011. He went on to become the head coach of the Six Nations Rebels Junior B team. The team became Founders Cup silver medalists in 2019.
He took part in number of major international events as a member of the Iroquois Nationals, including the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in 2007 and 2011, where he finished as a two-time silver medalist.
The Six Nations Minor Lacrosse Association, Six Nations Junior ‘A’ Arrows, Six Nations Ontario Lacrosse Association each provided messages on social media and the Two Row Times follows with sincere condolences.