One of the most accomplished coaches in the history of varsity women’s hockey, Les Lawton crossed the 500 victories threshold with the Concordia Stingers in 2003.
Over 34 years, he has led the women’s Stingers team to 15 Quebec championships and two Canadian Interuniversity Sport titles. With Lawton coaching, Canada won gold at the Women’s World Championship in Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1994.
Athletes who have played for Lawton’s Stingers include Olympic gold medalist Cammi Granato, who was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.
Lawton swapped his coaching bench for a desk as the interim director of Concordia’s Department of Recreation and Athletics from 2001 to 2003.