Barrie Brownlie

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Barrie Brownlie (far right) and teammates with the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

Barrie David Brownlie
Born: August 27, 1939
Died: March 25, 2014 (Abbotsford, British Columbia)

Barry Brownlie won a Minto Cup junior national championship and a Mann Cup senior championship with lacrosse teams from New Westminster, B.C..

Brownlie joined the New Westminster Junior Salmonbellies in 1959, recording no points in two playoff games against the Vancouver Lobbans. The Salmonbellies went on to lose the Minto Cup junior title to the Brampton (Ont.) Excelsiors.

ImageIn 1960, Brownlie emerged as one of the stars on a powerhouse Salmonbellies team which went 21-1 in Inter-City Junior Lacrosse League play. Brownlie scored 31 goals with 15 assists in 22 games. He was ninth in league scoring, although only eighth on his own team. Brownlie scored four goals with two assists as New Westminster swept the Lobbans in three games to claim the league title.

Brownlie scored six goals in five games in the Mann Cup playoffs. New Westminster defeated the Whitby (Ont.) Redwings by 4-1 in the best-of-seven series.

By 1962, Brownlie was playing for the senior team in New Westminster, a city near Vancouver. In 16 regular season games with the O’Keefes, Brownlie scored four goals and added two assists. The O’Keefes (22-10) defeated the Victoria Shamrocks in five games and the Vancouver Carlings in seven to win the British Columbia title. Brownlie scored a lone goal in five playoff games.

The O’Keefes then swept the Brampton (Ont.) Ramblers in four games to claim the Mann Cup senior championship. Brownlie played in only two Mann Cup finals games, recording a lone assist.

Brownlie continued playing for the Salmonbellies through the 1960s. In 1968, Brownlie scored 12 goals with 10 assists in 36 regular season games with the ’Bellies, who then went on to eliminate the Vancouver Carlings, Portland (Ore.) Adanacs and Detroit Olympics to claim the inaugural National Lacrosse League championship. Brownlie dressed for four playoff games, but recorded no points.

Brownlie died at Abbotsford (B.C.) Regional Hospital. He was 74. He leaves his wife, Irene; a daughter; a son; three grandchildren; and, a sister.

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