Whenever I went off on a speech about the working class nature of indoor lacrosse players, I usually pointed to Jon Harasym of the Bandits, who announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Harasym worked in suburban Toronto, often driving a snow plow truck during those winter days and nights. You know how much applause that job gets. Then, on Friday, he'd pack up the car, drive to Buffalo, and play lacrosse - where he would be cheered by 15,000 fans in the First Niagara Center.
Harasym wasn't the biggest guy on the field by any means. But he was relatively quick, which made him a threat to take off on transition, and played with an edge to his game. Plus, Jon was always a friendly guy. We just didn't have many reasons to talk to him after games, as others got the glory. Our loss.Harasym finished with 48 points in spending most of six seasons here.
"Jon is the epitome of what being a Buffalo Bandit is all about," said Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich. "It’s guys like him who teammates appreciate the most. He’s a blue collar, hard working guy who gave everything he had each and every time he came to the rink. You don’t come across guys like Jon Harasym everyday."
-- Budd Bailey