Brine was founded in 1922 by W.H. Brine as the W.H.
Brine Company. It started as a small sports equipment
company. They sold
toprivate schools and regional camps, quickly growing
to a major manufacturer of lacrosse and soccer equipment.
During the 1950s Brine focused onlacrosse. Lacrosse
sticks were all wooden at the time and the only
company producing them was Chisholm Lacrosse which
was located on the St. Regis Reservation, Cornwall
Island, Canada. With the encouragement and assistance
from A. MacDonald Murphy of Governor Dummer Academy,
Ferris Thomsen, coach of Penn and Princeton and
Mort LaPointe of Bowdoin College, the Brine family
began to explore the possibilities of manufacturing
Brine started to manufacture soccer balls and equipment
in the 1960s. It was the first company to cover
the ball with synthetic leather to make it more
durable. It was also the first to make a perfectly
round bladder and the first to unconditionally guarantee
Attempting to make a lacrosse stick that was durable
and easy to make, the Brine family experimented
with laminated wood, plastic, fiberglass and aluminum
but could not find a material that met the performance
standards. They continued to experiment and eventually
found Surlyn, a DuPont plastic, to have the necessary
properties to survive the intensity of lacrosse.
Brine then developed a molding technique that was
the basic draft shape of the standard in modern
In 1986 Bill Brine, left the family's company and
founded Cascade, now the largest lacrosse helmet
and eyewear company in the world. Cascade is the "Official
Helmet of the
MLL" and has been the helmet of 11 of the
last 12 NCAA Division 1 Champions.
Brine started an
apparel line and
a line of volleyball equipment in the 1990s. In
2000, it released a full line of field hockey equipment.
Brine began to make lacrosse helmets and eyemasks
in 2003. Also in 2003, Brine acquired In The Crease,
a lacrosse goal and accessories company based in
Penn Yan, New York and in 2004 it began making
New Balance acquired
Brine and shortly after that the name was changed
to Brine, Corp. from Brine, Inc.
Titles and innovations
- Brine Championship Soccer Ball - "Official
Ball of the NCAA Soccer Championships"
- Brine Lacrosse Ball - "Official Lacrosse
Ball of the NCAA"
- First Offset head
- First to insert gel into protective equipment