A few months ago, the Colorado Mammoth announced the retirement of forward, Brian Langtry. The Aurora middle school teacher, and Highlands Ranch High School lacrosse coach, will have his jersey hoisted to the rafters of the Pepsi Center in a ceremony on the team’s season opener.
An impact player since the team’s first season in 2003, Langtry holds many records with the Mammoth including the franchise records in goals scored and ranks second in games played. However, Langtry’s indoor lacrosse career nearly ended without a whimper.
Langtry grew up in Long Island, a place he describes as a lacrosse hot spot, but his dreams had him playing on a different field.
“My dad always tried to get me started playing, but I was convinced I was going to be the next Doug Flutie. I resisted for three years,” Langtry reflected. “Then when I was about seven, he bought me a stick for Christmas. I started playing and figured that I could do it pretty well.”
Throughout his high school career, Langtry competed against people he claims had better stick skills, bigger bodies, and more natural athletic gifts. Nevertheless, Langtry’s work ethic carried him to the next level.
“There were plenty of people in high school that were better than me, but it was just something I really wanted,” Langtry said. “I felt like I was just not going to be denied. That was something I wanted and I decided that was what I was gonna get.”
His hometown college of Hofstra welcomed him after graduation. Following four successful seasons with the Pride, the New York Saints drafted Langtry to begin his pro career.
Langtry would only play three games with the Saints in two seasons. The team parted ways with him shortly after the 2000 season.
“I got cut and then basically gave up playing Lacrosse. Then I moved out to Colorado, met my wife out here,” Langtry said.
A few years later, the Washington Power moved to Colorado, giving the Mile High City its first taste of box lacrosse. This relocation presented a chance for Langtry’s first retirement from lacrosse to end.
“I figured I had to give it a shot. I went to the open tryout. Anybody could go so it was just a bunch of local guys at those tryouts. Luckily I had a pretty good showing,” Langtry said.
Langtry’s motivations about getting back into the sport laid deeper than a desire to reenter the world of scoring goals and stick checks. He had to prove himself.
“I was scared. I had been telling my wife I was a lacrosse player. So if they came out here and I didn’t make the team a lot my friends would say ‘are you really a lacrosse player?’ I really had a lot of pride at stake there,” Langtry reminisced.
A strong showing at the open tryout cracked open the door to NLL stardom for Langtry once again. However, he had not resurrected his career yet.
“Then the first scrimmage was after an Avs game. I came out and there were 11,000 people at like 10:30 at night and I thought I gotta make this team,” Langtry said.
Langtry had never played in front of that many people. The crowd helped him fire up and realize this was his chance to shine.
“I just felt like if it’s out here, then I’d better be a part of it. I didn’t want to miss it. It seemed too perfect, especially after seeing those crowds,” Langtry said.
With his family, his friends, and his pride as motivation, Langtry impressed the 11,000 maroon and blue clad crowd at the scrimmage. He made the Mammoth roster and completed his journey back to the NLL.
Since then, Langtry has played in all but 12 games in the franchise’s nine year history. He has dazzled the Pepsi Center crowds with his work ethic, desire, and lacrosse prowess. But it was the night of that scrimmage that began Langtry’s drive into the Mammoth record books.
“From that point on I committed myself to making sure that every time I was on the floor, I was gonna play as hard as I could because I knew it was something I really wanted.”
The Mammoth will honor Langtry at the team’s January 14th home opener. The ceremoney begins at 7 PM, with the game immediately following.
This is part one of a series of stories dedicated to the career of Brian Langtry. Check back here at lodeplus.com for part two of the Langtry saga, “Mammoth Memories.”