The Mann Cup was presented by the late Sir Donald Mann, builder of the Canadian Northern Railway, for the Senior Amateur Championship of Canada and was originally a challenge cup. It is a gold cup, appraised at over $60,000 in 1999, and is one of the most valuable trophies in sport.
The First Nations began playing lacrosse more than 500 years ago. Today lacrosse not only remains an integral part of native culture, but is played by thousands of people across Canada.
On Feb. 8, 1994, Nelson Riis introduced Bill C-212 in the House of Commons to recognize hockey as Canada’s national sport. The bill was later amended to include lacrosse and on May 12 it was passed into law, recognizing “Hockey as Canada’s National Winter Sport, and Lacrosse as Canada’s National Summer Sport.” The decree is known as Canada’s National Sport Act.
The other national lacrosse tournament is the Minto Cup, Canada’s Junior Amateur Lacrosse championship. The original trophy was donated by Lord Minto, then Canada’s Governor General, on May 31, 1901.