Corey Small, shows off the Mann Cup alongside his first team all star award at the Victoria Shamrocks team office in Langford back in 2015.                                (Gazette file photo)

Corey Small, shows off the Mann Cup alongside his first team all star award at the Victoria Shamrocks team office in Langford back in 2015. (Gazette file photo)

Shamrocks’ captain Corey Small will not return for 2018 season

He received the Mike Kelley award in 2015

Victoria Shamrocks’ captain Corey Small has announced he will not be back for the 2018 season and is returning to Ontario to be closer to family.

Small was a four-time Western Lacrosse Association first-team all star and a two-time league scoring champion. He earned league most valuable player honours four times and was one of the team’s most popular players, an award annually voted on by the fans. He also won the Mike Kelley award in 2015 when the Shamrocks last won the Mann Cup national title.

In his 190 regular season and playoff games he scored 383 goals and had 447 assists for 830 points.

“Victoria has been my home for the past seven years and it’s with mixed emotions I say goodbye,” Small said in a statement.

“The Victoria Shamrocks have given me the best years of my lacrosse life and I will be forever grateful to this organization and the fans that support them. This is a tough decision, but one that I need to make to be closer to my immediate family at this time.”


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