Ranjit Dillon in action

Ranjit Dillon

Ranjit Dillon used his remarkable foot speed and outstanding stick skills to emerge as one of the greatest lacrosse players in the history of the sport, not only in Victoria, but B.C. and Canada. His debut as an underage junior call-up was electrifying and he helped lead the Victoria Junior Shamrocks to the 1962 Minto Cup championship. The next year, Ranjit's fleet feet paced the Juniors to the Cup finals again but the Oshawa Green Gaels proved too tough. However, nothing was going to stop Ranjit's skills from carrying him to the platinum level of his sport. Although the Dillon brothers were the shining stars of some struggling Shamrocks teams of the 1960s, it was only as a pickup that Ranjit made it to the Mann Cup national finals with the New Westminster Salmonbellies. However, Ranjit's career ended with a fitting finale, indeed, when he retired in 1979 after the Shamrocks won their first Mann Cup national title in 22 years. What a storybook ending to a storybook career at Memorial Arena! It couldn't have been scripted any better. In a brilliant Western Lacrosse Association career from 1966 to 1979, Ranjit scored 450 goals and amassed 788 assists for 1,238 points in a club record 443 games for the Victoria Shamrocks. He was acclaimed for his achievements by being inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame and now takes his well-deserved place in the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame.

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SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Victoria enjoys a stellar sports history and we celebrate the many athletes, teams and builders who have contributed to that history.  Our displays are seen at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre (1925 Blanshard St.)  through Gate Three.

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