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Notable Concordian

Les Lawton

Les Lawton
Awards & Distinctions

Outstanding Staff Award

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.

After suffering a stroke in 2015 that ended his coaching career and left him with speech as well as mobility issues, Lawton redirected his energy to fundraising for the Concordia Shuffle — the university’s annual walkathon in support of students.

Since 2017, he has raised nearly $25,000 to support women hockey players.

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