The 1980 Lakers senior men’s hockey team, the defending North Shore league and playoff champs, did what no other Lower Mainland team and only two other B.C. teams had done before & win the Canadian Intermediate A hockey championship Hardy cup.
The Burnaby team defeated teams from Vernon, Prince Rupert and Port Alberni in separate series to win the provincial Coy Cup championship. They then moved on to beat two Alberta clubs in best-of-five series to take the Western Canadian title as well. The Lakers defeated eastern winners Fredericton Capitals in thee straight games at the Pacific Coliseum to claim the coveted Hardy Cup in 1980.