A First Nations-owned and -operated company from Akwesasne will be supplying lacrosse sticks to the National Lacrosse League for the upcoming season.

The Mohawk International Lacrosse, the leading manufacturer of lacrosse sticks in Canada, beat out larger manufacturers in the United States to win the contract for the 12-team professional league.

Company president Mark Mitchell said the contract would allow Mohawk International to expand its market into the U.S. where interest in lacrosse has increased in recent years.

The company made an estimated 10,000 lacrosse sticks last year, ranging in price from $65 to $250 (Cdn.) for a hand-made wooden goalie stick.

Mohawk International also provided lacrosse stick’s to the Iroquois National Lacrosse team that competed in the world championships in Australia last year.