Archive for October, 2013

Rock ink Ten

Posted: October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized



Toronto Rock general manager Terry Sanderson has announced the signing of 10 players including forward Kasey Beirnes to a three-year agreement as the Rock prepare for training camp which will get underway in just a few weeks.

Beirnes will enter his 7th season with the Rock when the NLL season begins for Toronto on January 3rd against Calgary at Air Canada Centre.  The 33-year old veteran of 12 NLL seasons also spent time with Columbus, Arizona and Minnesota before arriving in Toronto in 2008.

“Kasey is as consistent as they come,” said Sanderson.  “He is a leader in the room and on the floor.  He often flies under the radar, but at the same time that might be part of what makes him so dangerous.”

His 31 goals and 54 points in 2013 represented his best season totals while wearing a Rock uniform.  Those season numbers are the 3rd best of his career in the respective categories and the most since scoring 33 goals and 62 points in 2004, which were both career highs.

Toronto has also signed veteran defender Patrick Merrill to a two-year agreement and locked up forwards Scott Evans and Rob Hellyer along with defencemen Damon Edwards, Chris White, Scott Johnston, Rob Marshall, Mike Hobbins and Cam Woods by signing them to one-year deals pending league approval.


Oct 31 Transactions

Posted: October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: have signed Dane Dobbie to a one year agreement.

COLORADO MAMMOTH: have signed Cam Holding to a three year agreement.

COLORADO MAMMOTH: have signed Jamie Lincoln to a two year agreement.

EDMONTON RUSH: have signed Curtis Knight to a three year agreeement.

ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS: have signed Dylan Evans to a three year agreement.

ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS: have placed Marshall Abrams on the Retirement List.

VANCOUVER STEALTH: have signed  Scott Rouse, Neil Tyacke, Alex Gajic, Brett Hickey, Tyler Garrison, Aaron Pascas, Jamie Shewchuk, Matt Flindell, Mike Mallory, Sean Lundstrom, Brandan Smith, Richard Lachlan, and Neil Arbogast to one year agreements.

Wings add Ray Koob

Posted: October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

For the purpose of in arena host.

There was a time when the game sold itself. Now they bring in an in arena host. Sigh bring back the MILL days.

Calgary signings

Posted: October 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


The Calgary Roughnecks have agreed to terms with seven players as well as designating Geoff Snider as a franchise player in preparation for the 2014 National Lacrosse League season.

The Roughnecks have re-signed forwards Jeff Shattler (three years) and Dane Dobbie (one year) and defencemen Jon Harnett (two years) and Dan MacRae (two years). Calgary also signed 2013 draft selections Garrett McIntosh (third round, 24th overall) and Jake Hayes (fifth round, 43rd overall) and free agent Cody Hawkins to one-year contracts. In addition, forward Curtis Dickson and transition player Peter McFetridge have received qualifying offers.

Oct 30 Transactions

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

BUFFALO BANDITS: have signed Steve Fryer, Shawn Williams to one year agreements.

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: have signed Jeff Shattler to a three year agreement.

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: have signed Dan MacRae and Jon Harnett to two year agreements.

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS: have signed Garrett McIntosh and Cody Hawkins to one year agreements.

COLORADO MAMMOTH: have signed Joey Cupido, Cameron Mann, and Patrick O’Meara to one year agreements.

EDMONTON RUSH: have placed Corey Small on the Physically unable to Perform List.

ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS: have signed Sid Smith to a seven year agreement.

ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS: have signed Mark White to a one year agreement.

ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS: have released Michael Evans, Jack Reid, Bobby Horsey and Jamison Koesterer.

Bandits Signings

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich has announced that the team has signed six players coinciding with the start of the NLL Free Agency period.

The Bandits have agreed to terms with free agent Steven Fryer on a one-year deal, in addition to re-signing Chad Culp, Shawn Williams and Anthony Cosmo to one-year deals as well as David Brock and Aaron Wilson to two and three-year deals, respectively. Also, the club opted to use one of its Franchise Tag designation on John Tavares and has qualified Ryan Benesch, Billy Dee Smith, Jay Thorimbert and Rory Smith. All deals are pending league approval.

Fryer, a goaltender, last played in the NLL in 2012 as a member of the Philadelphia Wings when he saw action in 10 games and registered a 8.80 goals against average.

An 11-year NLL veteran, Culp (5’9″, 185 lbs. 2/5/82) has recorded 392 points (152+240) and 563 loose balls in 146 regular season games. The Fergus, Ontario native recorded 21 points (7+14) and 54 loose balls in 11 games with the Bandits in 2013.

Williams (5’11”, 195 lbs., 6/20/74) returns for his second-straight (and fourth overall) season with the Bandits. Entering his 17th NLL season, the Scarborough, Ontario native has not missed a game over the past 12 seasons and over his career has tallied 1,103 points and 983 loose balls in just 239 games. In 2013, he led Buffalo in assists (46), points (65) and finished third in goals (19).

Cosmo (6’2”, 202 lbs., 10/6/77) will embark on his third season as one of Buffalo’s goaltenders, having appeared in 187 career NLL games over which he has amassed a 67-51 record, 10.64 goals against average. Most recently in 2013, the five-time NLL All-Star recorded a record of 4-4 along with a goals against average of 13.37.

Brock (6’3”, 215 lbs., 8/13/86) has appeared in a total of 41 career NLL outings over three seasons, tallying 23 points (12+11). In 2013, he recorded a career-high 13 points in his first season as a member of the Bandits.

Wilson (5’9”, 180 lbs., 12/20/80), has suited up in 171 career games to this date, contributing 615 points (320+295) between stints with Toronto, Rochester, Minnesota, Edmonton and Buffalo. Heading into his second season with the Bandits, he finished second on the team in goals (23), assists (23) and points (46) during the 2013 season.

Hawks sign Vinc and Smith

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


The Rochester Knighthawks secured two major pieces of their back-to-back Championship teams today with the re-signing of goalie Matt Vinc and Team Captain Sid Smith to long-term deals. Head Coach Mike Hasen will have two of the backbones of his defense for years to come with Vinc inking a five-year contract, which is pending league approval, and Smith agreeing to a seven-year deal.

“We have always prided ourselves on the way we play defense. Having two big pieces back is going to be a key for us moving forward for years to come,” said Hasen.

“I am pretty excited. When long-term contracts are signed, each group has to be comfortable with what each group brings to the table. I love Curt’s vision. It has brought me two championships and I want to continue to be a part of it,” said Vinc about playing for Owner and General Manager Curt Styres. “I can’t really see myself playing for any other team. I am a Knighthawk through and through.”

Since being acquired in a blockbuster deal with Colorado in 2010, “Vno” has led Rochester to three straight NLL Playoff berths and to two straight Champion’s Cups. In 2013, Vinc broke Rob Blasdell’s single-season saves record (662) en route to a league-record third Goaltender of the Year Award (2010, 2011 and 2013). Vinc also joined Dallas Eliuk as the only other goalie to lead the NLL in saves four times. The St. Catharines, Ontario native was tops in the league with an .803 save percentage and a 10.17 goals-against average, as well. Vinc was honored as an NLL All-Pro for the fourth time in his career and named the Knighthawks’ MVP for the second time. Vinc enters his fourth season in Rochester with the second most saves in team history (1,830).

“I couldn’t have written a better script. The last two years have been the best lacrosse years of my life,” he said. “Three years go by fast when you’re having fun.”

“Knowing ‘Vno’ is going to give us an opportunity to compete and win for the next five years is a very good feeling. He constantly pushes himself to be better on the floor with his off the floor diligence; his level of fitness and the way he studies the game is second to none, which pushes every single one of us to make sure we are better,” added Hasen. “It is a great feeling that ‘Vno’ is going to be a part of the Knighthawks family for a long time to come.”

In 48 games with Knighthawks, Vinc owns a 25-23 record, a 10.72 goals-against average and a .774 save percentage. In the postseason, he has been nearly unbeatable, collecting a 6-1 record which includes six straight wins. In backstopping Rochester to back-to-back titles, he has maintained a 10.00 goals-against average and an impressive .795 save percentage. Vinc, 31, will crack the league’s Top 10 saves list as he has amassed 4,034 career stops in eight seasons. Prior to coming to Rochester, Vinc played for teams in San Jose, New York and Orlando. Yet, the former first overall pick admits that he has found a home in Rochester.

“It’s easy to play in Rochester for great fans and in front of my family,” Vinc said. “I think that’s why we’ve really been successful. Curt focuses on family, and I am thankful to be a part of it.”

Smith, 26, is back for his fifth season after winning an NLL title in his first season as the team’s captain. In 2013, the former first overall pick was named the Knighthawks’ Best Defenseman for the third time in his career. Smith also had a career-best 68 loose balls and was part of a defense that limited opponents to a league-low 165 goals.

“Sid has grown into that leadership role and has accepted and earned the captaincy of this team,” said Hasen. “He’s a quiet leader that leads by example and sets the bar high for everyone to follow.”

Rock Franchise Colin Doyle

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Hopefully he does not have to play net. 🙂

Press release

Oct 29 NLL Transactions

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

BUFFALO BANDITS: have signed Anthony Cosmo and Chad Culp to one year agreements.

BUFFALO BANDITS: have signed Aaron Wilson to a three year agreement.

COLORADO MAMMOTH: have signed Tye Belanger to a three year agreement.

COLORADO MAMMOTH: have signed Carter Bender to a one year agreement.

ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS: have signed Angus Goodleaf to a two year agreement.

TORONTO ROCK: have signed Rob Hellyer to a one year agreement.

TORONTO ROCK: have signed Kasey Beirnes to a three year agreement.

VANCOUVER STEALTH: have signed Jeff Moleski, Mitch McMichael, Nick Weiss, Tyler Digby to one year agreements.

VANCOUVER STEALTH: have signed Mike Grimes to a one year agreement.

VANCOUVER STEALTH: have signed Kyle Sorensen to a two year agreement.

Wings Franchise Designations

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Wings franchise two