Curtis Dale Ptolemy
Born: January 28, 1986 (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
Died: November 17, 2013
Curtis Ptolemy, who has died aged 27, was for three seasons a tenacious defender with the Coquitlam (B.C.) Adanacs of the Western Lacrosse League. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound box lacrosse player was described by his club as “a bulldog on defence with relentless and effective checking.” Ptolemy joined the team in 2008.
He played junior lacrosse for the Burnaby Junior Lakers, a valuable part in the team’s 2007 march to the Minto Cup final. They lost the national junior championship to the Six Nations Arrows by 19-8 at Queen’s Park Arena in New Westminster, B.C., before a national television audience.
Ptolemy was drafted in the second round (28th overall) by the professional Boston Blazers of the National Lacrosse League in the 2008 draft. He wound up instead playing as a semiprofessional in the Vancouver suburbs.
Young Ptolemy first won notice for his play and his “tank-like” physique as a star with the Saskatoon Smash of the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League. He also played football for the Mount Royal Collegiate Mustangs in Saskatoon.
In 2011, he turned to Saskatoon to join the Brewers of the prairie league. He was the team’s top scorer in 2013 with 32 goals in 10 games and was named the league’s playoff most valuable player.
Ptolemy leaves his spouse, Megan Litterick, and their infant son, Jayden. He also leaves his his mother, Jeannie Rudyck; his father Randy Trobak; stepfather Vern Rudyck; five brothers; and, four grandparents. The family has established a sports and education trust fund for his son at a Saskatoon bank.