Goalie, Coach Chris Sanderson Succumbs to Brain Cancer
All-World goaltender Chris Sanderson, who played for the Colorado Mammoth franchise in 1999 when it was known as the Baltimore Thunder, passed away today at the age of 38 after a three-and-a-half year battle with brain cancer.
"The lacrosse world lost one of the 'greats' today," said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. "I had the great fortune to know and work with Chris as a teammate in 1998 on Team Canada, and as a player for me with the Wings when I was the GM there. His dedication and passion for the game was not equally rivaled. What he did in 2010 with Team Canada in Manchester while cancer riddled his brain will go down in the history of lacrosse as one of the single-most inspirational moments of all time. #17 will be missed but never forgotten."
Sanderson was twice named the All-World goalie (1998 and 2006) at the World Championships, and won gold as the starting keeper for Team Canada six years ago. The Orangeville, Ontario native was a Philadelphia Wings assistant coach from 2005 to 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Brogann, and daughters, Stevie and Clementine.