The traditional aboriginal Canadian version had teams ranging from 100 to 1000 players on a field nearly two miles long. The game was played from sun up to sundown for two to three days.
The game was originally used to toughen up young men for war.
In 1867, the Dominion's first national sport governing body, the National Lacrosse Association of Canada, was formed, adopting as its motto: "Our Country and Our Game."
Lacrosse was an Olympic event in 1904 and 1908.
Box lacrosse was developed in Canada in the 1930s.
In 1994, Nelson Riis, introduced a private member's bill that declared hockey the national sport of Canada. The bill was amended to make hockey the official winter sport and lacrosse the official summer sport.
Lacrosse has been called the fastest game on two feet.