Chris Sanderson is gone but the memory of his gutsy goaltending for Canada at the 2010 world lacrosse championship while coping with brain cancer will endure.
Sanderson, a champion on and off the field, died Thursday. He was 38.
“What Chris Sanderson had to overcome physically and mentally to play one more time for his teammates and for Canada is something I will never forget,” said Dean French, the team’s executive director.
Sanderson not only helped Canada win silver in Manchester, England, he was named best goaltender for the third time in the four quadrennial tournaments in which he took part. He’d been a star on the 2006 team that upset the United States to win the world title for Canada for the first time in 28 years.
“Canada has been represented by some of the greatest players to ever play lacrosse and Chris Sanderson is the greatest national team player of them all,” said 2010 head coach David Huntley. “He has been the leader of our team since 1998 and we will miss him greatly.”
Sanderson is survived in New Jersey by his wife, Brogann, and daughters Stevie, 6, and Clementine, 4, by his parents Phil and Sue Sanderson of Orangeville, Ont., and by the extended Sanderson family that has been so vitally involved in Canada’s national summer sport for many years.