John “Dot” Crookall’s style of playing involved a deliberate weaving attack that brought him close in to set up a shot. This method quickly earned him the reputation as a talented field lacrosse player whose skill as a scorer and a tactician more than matched his famous teammate, ‘Newsy’ Lalonde. Crookall was elected to the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1966.

Crookall played amateur Lacrosse from 1911-18 and was a member of five Mann Cup winning teams in that time. With the Vancouver Athletic Club he won four straight from 1911-14 and one with the Vancouver Coughlins in 1918.

Crookall was responsible for scoring both goals for the Vancouver Athletic Club during their 1911 Mann Cup win (2-1).

Crookall gave up his amateur status to play professional lacrosse with the Vancouver Terminals from 1919-25.

He also played baseball for the “Mainland” team and Bob Brown’s Vancouver Beavers in the Northwest League in 1913. He umpired numerous games when not playing as well.