Monday, January 31, 2011

OLA Junior A draft

The OLA Junior A draft took place on the weekend, with Mississauga having the first two picks, selecting Welland's Ryan Dakin and Guelph's Anthony Joaquim first and second overall respectively.
Here's how the rest of the draft broke down

2011 OLA Junior A 
10 Orangeville IAN MCKAY OWEN SOUND 

2nd ROUND 
5 Peterborough BRAD VAN DAM MIDLAND 
12 Orangeville pass

BC Junior A Lacrosse League hires new commissioner

The BC Junior A Lacrosse League Board of Governors announced the hiring of Don Scott as the league commissioner. 
According to the press release by the league, Scott brings tremendous knowledge and experience to the position of league commissioner. He has previously been the WLA commissioner and assistant commissioner, as well as formerly being the senior directorate chair of the BCLA. 
The governors are very excited to have the calibre and professionalism that Scott will bring as the leader of our league and wish him well.

League Reporters for 2011
With the retiring of Jen Mutas from her position as the Junior A league website reporter, the governors also announced that Steve Kojima and Brad Challoner have agreed to step into the role.

Lacrosse to roller derby

The Minnesota Roller Girls in tandem with the Minnesota Swarm broke the flat track roller derby attendance record at the Xcel Center. Part of doing this meant they would play after the lacrosse game. This shows the transformation of the rink from lacrosse field to roller derby track.

All Star Game thoughts

Now that the NHL and NFL held its all-star games, we can now all wake up and go about our business.
I'll be the first one to admit, I can't stand all-star games. I totally get these sports league's idea of having one event where the best players in the game can converge upon for the fans - a league showcase.
But how the heck can leagues, including the National Lacrosse League, make this game a little more bearable for its fans.
I've covered NLL all-star games and to be honest I didn't enjoy the game. The festivities around the event are always great, but the game itself is terrible to not only watch, but to photograph.
Like the NHL and NFL, NLL games are centred around intensity... something all-star games have none of, and who can blame the players.
These games may be celebrations of their respective sport but they are nothing more than gloried scrimmages and games of shinny.
While I'm on my soapbox about the topic, I do give the NHL credit for attempting to spark interest by having its all-star draft. Unfortunately for the league, it turned into an ego-stroking exercise with teammates picking teammates and the last guy (albeit still a millionaire) picked receiving a car. But, to their credit, the league did try something new to create a spark in an event that is brutal to watch.
So my question is, how on earth can the NLL show its brothers in sport how to put on a proper all-star game?

- by Darryl Smart

Canadian U19 National Women’s Lacrosse Team announced

Canada’s top Under‐19 players took to the floor this past Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre during halftime of the Toronto Rock/ Buffalo Bandits National Lacrosse League game.   
This weekend marked the conclusion of the selection process for Canada’s 2011 National Team which began 18 months ago in Peterborough and Langley at the national identifcation camps. Over the last few months, in games played against OUA and NCAA schools in pre‐season along with a final Christmas training camp, squad players have left Team Canada coaches, led by Scott Teeter , with difficult decisions in naming their final 18.
Today, the Canadian Lacrosse Association is pleased to announce the final 18 member roster that will represent Canada at the 2011 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) U19 World Championship in Hannover, Germany this coming August 3‐13.
The team is comprised of players from Ontario, Alberta and BC, ranging in age from 15 to 19. Four players are currently in their freshman year playing at NCAA schools, with seven others committing for the 2011‐12.
Among the events planned for the lead‐up to the world event are participation in the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament, May 27 to 28 in Long Island, NY which will include a test match with Team USA; competition in tournaments in Syracuse and Baldwinsville in July; and a final game on July 30 in Oshawa against Team Canada Alumni with a send‐off event to celebrate players and staff.
The 2011 FIL U19 World Championship in Hannover, Germany will be the first U19 World Championship to be held in Europe. The last Championship was played at Trent University in Peterborough, ON in 2007, where Canada finished fourth. Canada won bronze in 2003 and 1999 and was 4th at the inaugural event in 1995.

2011 Canadian U19 National Team
Jacqueline Boissonneault, Midfield, Brooklin, ON - Oshawa Lady Blue Knights
Ashley Bull, Defense,  Langley, BC - Langley Lightning
Samantha Cock, Defense, Terra Cotta, ON - Brampton Excelsiors
Jordyn Constance, Defense, Calgary,AB - Calgary Field Lacrosse
Julie Cryderman, Midfield, Bowmanville, ON  - Oshawa Lady Blue Knights
Cian Dabrowski., Midfield, Amaranth, ON - Orangeville Northmen
Katie Donohoe, Goal, Peterborough, ON - Kawartha Girls Lacrosse Club
Tawnie Johnson, Attack, Six Nations, ON - .Six Nations Girls Field Lacrosse
Taylor Landry., Midfield, Whitby, ON - Oshawa Lady Blue Knights
Casey Lyons, Midfield, Georgetown, ON - Brampton Excelsiors
Jordan Lyons, Attack, Peterborough, ON - Kawartha Girls Lacrosse Club
Karli Mackendrick, Defense, Whitby, ON - Oshawa Lady Blue Knights
Kaylin Morissette, Midfield, Bowmanville, ON - Oshawa Lady Blue Knights
Sarah Oor., Attack, Uxbridge, ON - Oshawa Lady Blue Knights
Tori Quinn, Midfield, Orangeville, ON - Orangeville Northmen
Cassie Raglan, Attack, Peterborough, ON - Kawartha Girls Lacrosse Club
Sofia Robins, Midfield, Stevenson, MD - Maryland & D.C. Lacrosse Club Brynne
Yarranton, Midfield, Toronto, ON - Mississauga Trilliums

Key to Kedoh's success is more than just raw talent

Here is a fantastic read from the Edmonton Journal about Edmonton Rush rookie Kedoh Hill.
Rush captain Brodie Merrill struggled out of the blocks and he looked to the rookie for a little help.
"It made a huge difference," Merrill said of Hill's handiwork. "Your stick is everything in this game, so it just makes you feel more confident. It's a subtle thing but it's just like other sports, you rely so much on your equipment and he has a special knack for it. He gets a lot of credit and I'm sure he'll remind me of what he did. I appreciate his help there."

More from the lacrosse summit

For evidence that the game of lacrosse is enjoying a sudden increase in popularity, look no further than Six Nations.
This weekend, hundreds of players, old and young, converged on the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena for the two-day Native American Youth Lacrosse Summit -an all-encompassing lacrosse event that attracted players from across Canada.
Astounded organizers found about three times the attendance they expected at the event and were thrilled when seven players came from Hawaii for the weekend and another busload travelled through a Wisconsin snowstorm to arrive.
"There were probably 400 people here yesterday," said Kevin Sandy, the director of operations for the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. "It's a great feeling -totally amazing."
To read more and to watch the video click here

Sunday, January 30, 2011

National Lacrosse Summit a success

The Iroquois Lacrosse Arena played host to the National Lacrosse Summit this weekend.
Lacrosse players and enthusiasts were able to take in clinics, demonstrations and history presentations.
More than 400 people showed up, including seven people from Hawaii.
Here's a link from the Brantford Expositor to watch the video

Saturday's NLL highlights

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday's NLL highlights

Roller derby and lacrosse... now that's a combo

Back in the 1980s the WWF (now WWE) had its Rock and Wrestling connection... well, now the Minnesota Swarm will attempt the lacrosse and roller derby connection.
In a crazy, yet probaby great cross-promotion, the Swarm is teaming up with two local roller derby teams.
The Dairyland Dolls play their rival Minnesota RollerGirls (MNRG) All-Stars in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota in what is being billed as an attempt to set a modern roller derby attendance record. 
The current record of 6,015 is held by the Rat City Roller Girls of Seattle. 
To help break this record the Minnesota RollerGirls have paired up with the Swarm as part of an innovative cross-promotional event called “Seeing Double.” 
The Swarm play a lacrosse game beginning at 7 pm, with the roller derby bout to follow immediately afterward. Norwegian Mafia, Marketing co-chair for the Minnesota RollerGirls, said that the doubleheader came about “When the owner of the Swarm contacted our marketing team and proposed doing an event together. He had been to one of our bouts and had a great time, and I think was really impressed by our fans who are a wildly varied, highly dedicated and appropriately raucous bunch.”
Good luck. I have to admit, if this was close to home I'd probably go.
To read the full story from click here

Oakville Lady Hawks offering more programs this season

After a successful inaugural season last year, the Oakville Lady Hawks field lacrosse program is growing in 2011.
The Lady Hawks, who operate under the Oakville Minor Lacrosse Association umbrella, are adding three new divisions to their field lacrosse program this year. Girls born from 2004-2006 will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game in a Mini-Hawks house league division; an under-13 pilot program new to the Ontario Women’s Lacrosse Association has been added as a transitional step between under-11 and under-15; and a U19 rep team will be available for girls who have graduated from the U15 program.
Last season, the Lady Hawks’ under-11 B team won provincial gold under the guidance of former player Crystal Robinson, while the U15 team held its own in a very competitive division.
To read the rest of the story from click here

Friday, January 28, 2011

Getting excited in Sherwood Park, Alberta

They are already one of the flagship lacrosse programs in the province.

But that doesn't mean the Titans wouldn't like to get even bigger and better.
The Sherwood Park Titans Lacrosse Association is starting to ramp up its activities in anticipation of what president Robert Miller hopes will be another multi-banner year.
And after seeing the results of the first drop-in sessions now running at Millennium Place, Miller is optimistic for a strong year, both from an overall numbers perspective and from individual teams within the program.
"Our numbers after the first week of drop-ins are way up over the early sessions from last year and we're already close to our highest point from last year" Miller said. "While pre-season numbers don't really tell us much about our eventual numbers, they really do show there's a lot of excitement about lacrosse this year and I think it bodes well for our success on the floor at all age groups. I'm really excited about what this year will bring."
To read the rest of the story from please click here

- by Sherwood Park News

Welcome to Jr. C lacrosse Brockville Ballistic

The Brockville Ballistic are moving up in the world of developmental lacrosse.
The Ballistic intermediate team of the past few years has been transformed into a Junior C franchise that will compete in an eastern loop of the Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League in 2011.
The final details, the number of teams and scheduling, will not be completed until early this spring but the Brockville Ballistic, organization is looking forward to the new challenge.
"It's kind of exciting and will hopefully help revive lacrosse in Brockville," said the Ballistic's Kevin Wallace. "It's a great game."
Junior and intermediate lacrosse have the same age limits, from 17 years of age up to 21, but is the next highest level of competition and is geared toward more serious development of players in smaller communities like Brockville.
In Brockville's case, other reasons it jumped at the chance to join a Junior C league are the time and distance and competition factors.
The Ballistic intermediate team last year spent much of its time heading west to Toronto and area to take on teams of equal calibre.
To read the entire story from the Brockville Recorder and Times please click here

- by Brockville Recorder and Times

Dilks set to make debut

Hamilton’s Ryan Dilks no longer finds himself between a Rock and a hard place.
The 20-year-old defenceman who works for Native Stone in Ohsweken producing decorative stone for fireplaces and houses, was recently traded from the Toronto Rock to the National Lacrosse League’s Boston Blazers.
He’ll be in the lineup for his professional debut at TD Garden Friday when the Blazers (2-2) take on the Philadelphia Wings (1-2).
To read the rest of the story from the Hamilton Spectator click here

- by Hamilton Spectator

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Rock look to even score with Bandits

The Toronto Rock look to bounce back in the back half of a home-and-home set with the Buffalo Bandits this weekend. Here's a video clip from practice this week at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

O'Dougherty a two-sport athlete?

Washington Stealth defenceman Chris O'Dougherty took part in the Seattle Pacific University half-court shot competition.

Busy day for Knighthawks

Along with the trade that sent Scott Evens to the Edmonton Rush for Rory Glaves, the Rochester Knighthawks brass were busy making other moves today.
Rochester also signed defensemen Scott Campbell, released transition man Ian Crashley and moved defenseman Cody Johnson to the practice squad. Both Glaves and Campbell were added to the active roster.
“It was a tough decision, especially considering what Scott brought to lacrosse,” Styres said . “But we had to do what was best for the team and it makes our defense steadier. It is always stressful when you move players. You have to ask yourself if it makes your team better.”
To read the full release from the Rochester Knighthawks click here

Top NLL plays of the week

Here's the top plays of the week from NLLNetwork. Enjoy

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Ladoucer, Vipond to be inducted into Whitby Sports Hall of Fame

Former National Lacrosse League player Dan Ladouceur and lacrosse builder Luther Vipond (1914-1982) will be honoured in April into the Whitby Sports Hall of Fame.
Winning was never a problem for Ladouceur, another big lad who stood six-foot-six and spent his entire NLL career with the Toronto Rock. Signing with the Rock as free agent in 1999, he appeared in six championship games and won five of them, before retiring in 2008 as the NLL's career penalty minute leader.
Ladouceur is now a coach with the Whitby Warriors Jr. A team he once played for.
Ironically, it was with the Warriors where Ladouceur first met up with Hall of Fame coach Peter Vipond, who's father, Luther, will be inducted this year as well.
Vipond, a lifelong resident of Whitby, distinguished himself as a player, coach, manager, executive, sponsor, mentor and community builder over a span of five decades. The arena in Brooklin is named in his honour.
The 2011 Whitby Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the Heydenshore Pavilion on Saturday, April 30. See for tickets and other information.

Here is the full article from Much of the piece revolved around former CFLer David Mudge

Rush Knighthawks swap players

Late last night rumours were swirling that the Rochester Knighthawks and Edmonton Rush had made a trade... all of this happening after I went to bed and proceeded to sleep in.
Nonetheless, here it is. 
Paul Tutka from Inside Lacrosse confirmed with Edmonton Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan that the team has sent Rory Glaves to the Rochester Knighthawks in exchange for Scott Evans.  
The trade is pending league approval.
Here's the link from Tutka's post

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Brock coach talk about CUFLA championship loss to McMaster

BrockTV's Playing The Field  host John Matisz speaks to Brock University lacrosse coach Justin Kennedy and player Dustin Dunn about their loss to McMaster University in the CUFLA final.
McMaster won the 2010 Bank of America Baggataway Cup with a 11-10 win over the Badgers in November,
Kennedy and Dunn also talk about looking ahead to next season and Miley Cyrus... that's right... this isn't a typo.
Thanks to BrockTV for the video

Thompson up to the challenge

Here's a great feature on Akwesasne's Mike Thompson, who has been thrust into the limelight between the Buffalo Bandits pipes this season.  

Goaltender Mike Thompson is now in his fifth season as the backstop for the Buffalo Bandits, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
The 33-year-old netminder will be looked upon to carry most of the workload this year due to an injury that will shelve Ken Montour for the remainder of the season.  Thompson started the team’s first three games and has played 184:01 straight minutes while posting a 2-1 record and ranks fifth in the NLL with a goals against average of 9.78.  He is coming off his best statistical season after finishing the 2010 campaign ranked second in the NLL with career-best .809 save percentage and registered a career-best goals against average of 9.92.
“I’m comfortable and willing to take the workload,” said Thompson.  “I’m sad to see Kenny down, but I talked to him recently and he has high hopes.  I’m looking forward to carrying on the workload and hopefully lead the Bandits to a championship.”
Thompson has handled a tough workload before as he has been around lacrosse for a long time.  He grew up in Akwesasne, Ontario, and was introduced to the sport at a very young age.
“It’s been a family sport for a long time,” he said.  “My uncle always had a stick and gave me my first one when I was three or four.  I always have been athletic and tried baseball, but lacrosse really stuck out, which is why I am here today.”
Lacrosse was always been a fun hobby for Thompson, but he didn’t put the pads on until he was a teenager.
To read the rest of the feature click here

- by Michael Jafari

Leblanc named NLL Overall Player of the Week

Toronto Rock forward Stephan Leblanc was named the National Lacrosse League's Overall Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performances in the Rock's two games last week.
Leblanc recorded eight goals to go along with nine assists for a total of 17 points in two Rock games. On Friday, the Rock defeated the Boston Blazers 15-14 in overtime, with Leblanc scoring the game winner. Leblanc finished the night with five goals and four assists.
Leblanc continued his offensive attack by tallying three goals and five assists in a 15-14 overtime loss against the Buffalo Bandits on Saturday. Two of his goals came in the final minutes of regulation, including the game-tying goal with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter. 
Washington Stealth forward Luke Wiles received Offensive Player of the Week honors by contributing five goals and five assists in the Stealth's 19-14 win over the Calgary Roughnecks.
Minnesota Swarm goaltender Nick Patterson was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. Patterson recorded 47 saves on 55 shots in a 9-8 win against the Edmonton Rush.
The Transition Player of the Week was Brodie Merrill of the Edmonton Rush. Merrill had a hat trick and collected two assists, while retrieving nine loose balls in a 9-8 loss at  Minnesota.
Rochester Knighthawks forward Cody Jamieson was again named Rookie of the Week for the second week in a row. Jamieson recorded his second hat trick in as many weeks. He scored with 5.4 seconds left in regulation to put the Knighthawks into overtime, leading to their eventual 11-10 win over the Boston Blazers.

Rock acquire Sharp from Swarm in 'trade of inconvenience'

The Minnesota Swarm  acquired a 2013 first-round draft selection in a trade with the Toronto Rock in exchange for transition player Ryan Sharp.
“Ryan was a great player in his time here,” Swarm general manager Marty O’Neill said. “It’s a trade of inconvenience in some respects because we are trying to help him out with his career and the travel issues. Ryan had some conflicts with his work outside of lacrosse and he couldn’t make a full-time commitment to the team.”
Sharp, 28, appeared in one contest in 2011 and recorded 12 loose balls in the Swarm’s 11-10 loss to Rochester.
Minnesota acquired the six-year veteran in a trade with Portland in 2007. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound transition specialist played in 42 games with the Swarm (2007-11), tallying 42 points (19g, 23a) and 237 loose balls.
Minnesota now owns two first round picks in 2013 after Tuesday’s trade with Toronto.
“We are always preparing ourselves to be strong in the future,” O’Neill said. “We are positioned well in the coming three drafts to select some youthful talent that can come in and continue to push our guys.”
Minnesota signed free agent Brock Boyle to fill Sharp’s roster spot.
To read teh full release from the Minnesota Swarm click here

Tavares three shy of milestone

John Tavares is within three goals of 700.
The 42-year-old Buffalo Bandits star scored three to increase his career total to 697 during a 15-14 home overtime win over Toronto last Saturday.
He scored Buffalo's 14th goal from behind the Rock net with one hand on his stick in an acrobatic leap, and this witness was left wondering if Tavares could play until he's 60.
"I wish I could, but I doubt that very much,"  the 20-year veteran told legendary lacrosse writer Neil Stevens. "I'm having a hard enough time now keeping up with the younger guys.
"If I can play another year or two, I think that would be great."
To read the full story please click here

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Salmonbellies net Crowley

The New Westminster senior Salmonbellies are pleased to announce the acquisition of WLA hold out, Kevin Crowley from the Burnaby Lakers in exchange for three-year veteran, Pete McFetridge. 
The deal, completed this morning, also included the exchange of New Westminster’s first-round pick (3rd overall) in this year’s draft and in 2012 for Burnaby’s third-round 2011 pick (20th overall) and second round pick in 2013.
Crowley, a lifelong Bellie, was drafted with the Burnaby Lakers’ first overall pick in the 2010 WLA draft, but chose not to play for the team last summer. 
Currently a student at Stony Brook University, he is putting up record stats in the NCAA, played for Team Canada in the World Field Championships and was chosen first overall by the Hamilton Nationals in Saturday’s Major League Lacrosse draft.
Crowley shone as a junior Salmonbellie, recording 190 points in regular season play, 86 points in playoffs and winning the John Urban Award as top graduating player in the BCLA, being named to the 1st all-star team and earning 3rd place in BCLA scoring all in 2009.
“He’s a big body presence and the coaches are very excited to get an athlete like Kevin to compliment an already strong right side," Salmonbellies’ president and general manager Dan Richardson said. "We paid a high price for someone we feel will be a very good long-term player for our club. Luckily, we have some extra picks in the second and third rounds of this year’s draft.”
McFetridge was drafted by the Salmonbellies in 2008 and spent the last three seasons as a heavy-hitting and exciting presence on the floor. Tallying 59 points and 64 penalty minutes in regular season games, and 28 points and 54 penalty minutes in WLA playoffs and three Mann Cup appearances, McFetridge has worked hard and provided muscle in his days in the Bellies’ red and blue uniform.
"We wanted Crowley and had been working on this deal for almost a year, ever since he was drafted," Richardson said. "This trade hinged on our willingness to give up Pete McFetridge. I, and the entire Bellies’ organization, thank him for his hard work over the years and wish him luck in Burnaby.”

- by New Westminster Salmonbellies

Hamilton Nationals 2011 schedule set

The Hamilton Nationals will kick off its MLL season on the road  against the Denver Outlaws at INVESCO Field Saturday May 14.
Game time will be 9 p.m. EST.
The Nationals will then begin the Victoria Day weekend with its home opener, when they host the Chesapeake Bayhawks on Thursday May 19, at 7:30 p.m., on their new home field, Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University.
Besides the opening two weeks, one of the most interesting parts of the schedule is a home-and-home series with Rochester on the same weekend.

Here's the rest of the Nationals schedule

Fri.    6/10   Hamilton      @   Rochester     7:30 pm
Sat.    6/18   Denver        @   Hamilton      7:00 pm
Fri.    6/24   Hamilton      @   Rochester     7:30 pm
Sat.    6/25   Rochester     @   Hamilton      7:00 pm
Fri.    7/01   Long Island   @   Hamilton      7:00 pm
Sat.    7/09   MLL All-Star Game, Boston, MA   7:00 pm
Sat.    7/16   Chesapeake    @   Hamilton      7:00 pm
Sat.    7/23   Hamilton      @   Boston        7:00 pm
Sat.    7/30   Hamilton      @   Chesapeake    7:00 pm
Sat.    8/06   Boston        @   Hamilton      7:00 pm
Sat.    8/13   Hamilton      @   Long Island   7:00 pm 
Sat.    8/27   2011 MLL Semifinal #1          12:00 pm   
Sat.    8/27   2011 MLL Semifinal #2           3:00 pm      
Sun.    8/28   2011 MLL Championship           3:00 pm      
at Annapolis, MD

Rubisch, Steenhuis and Matt Vinc named to Team Canada

Defenceman Kyle Rubisch, transition star Mark Steenhuis and 2010 National Lacrosse League goaltender of the year Matt Vinc will be on Canada’s roster for the 2011 world indoor lacrosse tournament in Prague, May 21-28, Team Canada general managerJohnny Mouradian announced Tuesday.
Rubisch, 22, is Canada’s youngest pick.

“I was a little surprised what with being so young and in my rookie year in the NLL,” the Boston Blazers defenceman said of being asked to help Canada win a third straight world indoor championship.
It was no surprise to Mouradian that team management and coaches rated Rubisch highly.
“Having such a young player at his skill level and intensity is exciting for us because we know he’ll be a national team candidate for years to come,” says  Mouradian. “We’ve watched him through the early part of the NLL season and his performances have been exceptional.”
The tough defenceman was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NLL entry draft. He was amateur athlete of the year in his home city of Brampton, Ont., in 2009 when he captained the Jr. A Brampton Excelsiors and won the Ontario Lacrosse Association award as top defenceman. He played for the senior Excelsiors last summer to prepare for his NLL debut.
He doesn’t intend to be a wallflower in Prague.
“They told me to just make sure I don’t take a back seat just because I’m a young guy, to try to make a difference,” he says. “Anytime you get the chance to represent your country, you take a lot of pride in being on the team. I’ll do anything they want me to do.”
Steenhuis, 30, of St. Catharines, Ont., is a key player for the NLL’s Buffalo Bandits. He was 2008 NLL transition player of the year and was named Champion’s Cup MVP to cap Buffalo’s title run that year. He was all-star MVP in 2004, 2007 and 2008. Steenhuis holds the NLL single-game records for assists (13) and points (17) set Feb. 14, 2009. His resume is amazing considering he didn’t start playing lacrosse until he was 17. Steenhuis was on Canada’s silver-medal field team last summer in Manchester, England, and then helped the Peterborough Lakers win the Mann Cup as Canadian senior champions.
“Mark adds back door and offensive capabilities to Canada’s team,” says Mouradian. “He can play anywhere on the floor, which is what we like about Mark. He’s proved to be a winner in Buffalo and in Peterborough as well.”
Vinc, 28, is a major component for the Rochester Knighthawks in their quest to regain the NLL championship this year. His work with the now-defunct Orlando Titans last winter earned him the NLL’s award for best goalie. How good is he? To get him, Rochester parted with longtime Knighthawks star John Grant Jr., who’s his Team Canada teammate. Vinc played long-pole defence for Canada in Manchester.
“Everybody knows what Matt Vinc brings to Team Canada,” says Mouradian. “With Anthony Cosmo, Matt Vinc, and a third player to be announced, we will have the best goaltending in the world.”

- Canadian Press

Ryan Powell inks deal with Blazers

Boston Blazers president and general manager Doug Reffue announced today - pending league approval - the one-year signing of forward Ryan Powell, brother of current Blazers forward All-Star, Casey Powell.
Powell joined the NLL in 2001 when he drafted in the first round (second overall) by the Buffalo Bandits. In his rookie season, Powell recorded 35 points with 17 goals and 18 assists before moving to the Anaheim Storm for one season. With the Storm, Powell played sixteen games and scored 15 goals and 31 assists (46 points).
“Ryan is a proven NLL veteran who’s had four straight seasons with 50 or more points,” said Reffue Monday afternoon. “There will obviously be some immediate chemistry with Casey and Dan Dawson has also had success playing alongside Ryan in Portland.  Overall, he’s a perfect fit for our club and should make an immediate impact.”
To read more please click here

- Boston Blazers

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Campbell must complete probation to avoid criminal record

Toronto Rock goaltender Pat Campbell will be spared a criminal record if he completes probation and community service, a judge ruled Monday.
Provincial court Judge Heather Lamoureux agreed with defence counsel Balfour Der it wouldn’t be against the public’s interest to grant Campbell a conditional discharge.
If Campbell successfully does 12 months of probation and 100 hours of community service, which the judge recommended be done training kids in Lacrosse, he’ll be discharged absolutely.
Campbell, 33, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm in connection with a Stampede 2009 incident in a Calgary bar.
To read the full story from the Calgary Sun please click here

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bandits and Swarm to tangle on VERSUS Sunday

The National Lacrosse League has announced a change to the start time of the Buffalo Bandits at Minnesota Swarm game on Sunday, March 27. The game will now start at 2pm Eastern and will air live on VERSUS.
"We're extremely excited that the National Lacrosse League has selected Minnesota for a live, nationally televised game on VERSUS," Swarm Owner John Arlotta said. "This not only gives us an opportunity to showcase the Minnesota Swarm professional lacrosse franchise, but is also a great chance for the community to demonstrate the explosive growth of lacrosse in Minnesota."
Last week, the NLL announced a nine game TV package with VERSUS for the 2011 season. The package begins on February 27 with a live telecast of the 2011 NLL All-Star Game, presented by Oneida Indian Nation, at 2pm Eastern. The remainder of the telecast schedule, which will include the 2011 NLL Championship Game, will be announced in the coming days.

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Fight in the ACC crowd

Here's a YouTube clip of a fight that broke out at the Air Canada Centre when the Rock took on the Edmonton Rush.
Good job by security to get these clowns out of everyone's way.
Seriously, who the hell gets into a fight in the stands?

NLL Week 3 highlights

It was another amazing week of close games, hard hits and great goals... here's a look at all the games.

Crowley taken first overall by Nationals

I know I'm a bit late on this one, but I was coaching all weekend... so here it goes.

Kevin Crowley of New Westminster, B.C. was the first overall pick by the Hamilton Nationals Friday in the 2011 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft.
Senior midfielder, who played for Stony Brook University was honoured as the Division I Preseason Player of the Year by Lacrosse Magazine. Crowley became the first player in Stony Brook men's lacrosse history to earn first team All-America honors after scoring 51 goals with 26 assists. The 2010 America East Conference Player of the Year, he led NCAA Division I by averaging 4.53 points per game and scored a goal in 16 of 17 games.
The recipient of the Enners Award by the USILA, Crowley enters his senior season needing just 26 points to break the Seawolves' career scoring record. He has 101 career goals with 75 assists in three seasons.
To read the entire draft list click here

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Expanded rosters welcomed by coaches

Here's a great read from the Buffalo News about the new expanded roster rule change.

The player introductions before Saturday's game in HSBC Arena took a little longer than they have in past years.
That's because there were more players who dressed for the game.
The National Lacrosse League changed the number of players who can participate in a game this year. In the past, teams could dress 18 out of the 23 players on the roster on a given night. This year, it's up to 20 -- almost always 18 runners and two goaltenders.
"It helps us," Bandits coach Darris Kilgour said. "We like to pressure, which certainly gets tiring if you don't do it right. With the extra bodies, we've been really fresh at the end of both [of our earlier] games. I'm real happy with that."

BLAZERS TRANSACTION: Tap dancers in exchange for lap dancers

It may have been a little too late, but the Boston Blazers are still trying to save face after its infamous lap dancing competition.

Now that the Blazers on-court transactions have turned into a winning formula, off the court they exchanged the three lap dancers - who, haven't heard already, weren't affiliated with the team - for a group of teen tap dancers.
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A family-friendly troupe of teens twirling and tapping replaced last week's lap dancers as the half-time show at the Boston Blazers lacrosse game on Saturday night.
The National Lacrosse League’s Blazers had promised there would be changes to its halftime entertainment after fans became enraged at seeing the team's mascot receiving lap dances in the middle of the field last week.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Great halftime piece by TSN - addition by subtraction

TSN has always done a great job when it comes to its National Lacrosse League broadcasts.
Friday night was another great example of how in touch they are with the league and how to promote the great sport of box lacrosse.
They devoted an entire segment to the demise of the Orlando Titans.
But instead of dwelling on the franchise's failure despite its on-floor success, TSN focused on how losing a team has only made the league stronger. In fact, some say it's the strongest it has been, with the most parity.
Although the Boston Blazers have "the Big 3," almost every team in the NLL has benefited from one less team. Despite some players losing jobs, the league is at an all-time high when it comes to depth... and just not with one team, all teams.
You can look at the loss of the Titans as a bad thing for the league, but props go to TSN for the positive spin.

New wood floor in Burnaby

A photo of Queen's Park Arena in New Westminster, B.C., is the
only wooden lacrosse floor in Canada. Soon there will be one at
Bill Copeland Arena in Burnaby.

Bill Copeland Arena will soon be joining Queen’s Park Arena in New Westminster as the only such facilities in Canada to offer a wooden playing surface.
While younger lacrosse players like the novelty and different way the ball moves when playing on a wood floor, for senior players in their 20s and 30s, it’s much easier on the joints and their bodies when they fall than playing on the current polished concrete, said Lee Loftus, past president of Burnaby Minor Lacrosse.
“Careers are shortened, that’s really what it is,” said Loftus, who was consulted on the project. “Many people stop in their early 30s as a result of knee, ankle and even hip issues. It lengthens the career of you playing the actual sport.”
Burnaby Minor Lacrosse has been lobbying for the wood floor since Copeland arena was built in 1997. In fact, the floor was included in the original arena design but didn’t go ahead because of funding issues, he said.

Team Canada bolsters roster

Defencemen Ryan Cousins and Jeff Moleski and forward Rhys Duch have been named to Canada’s team for the world indoor lacrosse tournament in Prague, May 21-28.
They join forwards John Grant Jr.Colin DoyleDan Dawson and Josh Sanderson, transition players Brodie Merrill and Jordan Hall and goaltenderAnthony Cosmo on the roster.
Canada won the first two world indoor championships and aims for a third, and a strong defence corps will be vital.
Cousins, 29, is a two-time pick as best defenceman in the National Lacrosse League. The six-foot-one captain of the Minnesota Swarm is always assigned to stop top opposition forwards. Outside lacrosse, Cousins is a firefighter in Markham, Ont., and job commitments will limit his role with the Swarm until March. He expects to be at the top of his game come May.
“Ryan Cousins is an exceptional defender who plays with an edge,’’ says head coach Ed Comeau. “He was a key part of our Team Canada defence during the 2007 world championship.’’
Moleski, 28, was an integral part of Calgary’s defence when the Roughnecks won the 2009 NLL championship and now plays for the Washington Stealth. The six-foot-one resident of Prince George, B.C., where he works weekdays as a mechanic for a gas distribution company, has earned a reputation as one of the best defenders in the pro league today.
“Jeff Moleski is one of those defenders who quietly goes about his business,’’ says Comeau. “He is strong and uses his size well.’’
Duch, 24, who also plays for the Stealth, finished seventh in league scoring with 33 goals and 53 assists in only his third pro season last winter. He was NLL rookie of the year in 2009. The native of Victoria plays summer ball with the Shamrocks in his home city. The five-foot-11 attacker was a valuable component in Canada’s attack during the 2010 world field lacrosse championships in Manchester, England.
“Rhys Duch is one of lacrosse’s top scoring right-handers,’’ says Comeau. “He is effective both inside driving to the net and with his outside shot.’’

- by Canadian Press