Archive for October, 2014

NLL to experiment with shootout.

Posted: October 31, 2014 in NLL

Press Release

The league needs to stop screwing around with the game. There was a time the game was enjoyable. This tinkering crap needs to stop. Think I  need to watch some old MILL action this weekend. Now that was indoor lacrosse.

Huge blow to the Rock. While Rochester should run away with the division. The battle for second place just got more interesting. Get well soon Colin.

From Toronto Rock

Toronto, ON – Toronto Rock Captain Colin Doyle will miss the entire 2015 season due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery. The 17-year NLL veteran will undergo the surgery to repair the injury next week.

Doyle played lacrosse this past summer for the Six Nations Chiefs of Ontario’s Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) where he sustained a shoulder injury. Upon further examination late last week, it was confirmed that Doyle had a torn rotator cuff and would require surgery that will sideline him for the entire 2015 NLL season.

“This is a significant loss to our team,” said Rock Owner and President Jamie Dawick. “We will have to look to other guys to step up and fill the leadership role and also have to count on some other veteran guys to step up on the offensive side of the ball.”

Doyle is the all-time leader in every offensive category in Rock franchise history. He and NLL Hall of Fame goaltender Bob Watson are the only two players to be a part of all six Toronto Rock championship teams.

While the offensive depth on the left side diminishes with the loss of Doyle, the Rock still have the likes of Stephan Leblanc, Josh Sanderson and Kevin Ross to carry the load.

The Rock will also have to deal with the absence of Garrett Billings, their leading scorer over the past three seasons, from their lineup to begin the season as he recovers from ACL surgery back in May. Billings is targeting an early season return, but the timing is still uncertain.

The Toronto Rock will open training camp on November 29th at the Toronto Rock Atheltic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario. The team will play three exhibition games in preparation for the 2015 season, including a trip to Montreal, Quebec to face the Rochester Knighthawks on Sunday, December 14th. They will also play two exhibition scrimmages at the TRAC (Calgary on December 6th and New Engalnd on December 20th), which will be open to the public with no charge for admission.

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From knighthawks.net

(October 27, 2014)… The Rochester Knighthawks will open Training Camp the weekend of November 22-23 at the Unity Health System Total Sports Experience (TSE) in East Rochester.

“It will be nice to get going and have everyone in the same room again,” said Knighthawks Head Coach Mike Hasen. “I am looking forward to getting back to work with this group.”

The three-time defending National Lacrosse League Champions will hold their first practice from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22nd. The Knighthawks will hit the turf again on Sunday, November 23rd with an 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. practice at the 435 West Commercial St. facility. The sessions are free and open to the public.

“We’re going to get in, work hard and start the competition for the 2015 season,” said Hasen.

There is a lot of excitement surrounding the upcoming season after the team brought back veteran transition man Jordan Hall this offseason. The former NLL All-Pro joins a roster stocked with players from last year’s championship team. Rochester’s lineup includes 2014 NLL MVP Cody Jamieson, 2014 NLL Goaltender of the Year Matt Vinc and 2014 NLL Championship Game MVP Dan Dawson. The defense also boasts Team Captain Sid Smith and Assistant Captain Mike Kirk.

“I am really excited to be back with the guys again,” said Jamieson. “We have a great group and I have really enjoyed the last few years. I’m excited to get to work on another journey.”

Knighthawks will open their preseason schedule at home on Saturday, December 6th against the Minnesota Swarm. The free game at The Blue Cross Arena is set for 8:00 p.m. Each fan will need a ticket to attend the game, which can be reserved online by clicking here, http://www.knighthawks.com/2015preseasongame.

On Sunday, December 14th, Rochester will travel to Montreal’s Bell Centre for its second preseason contest. The 2:00 p.m. game against the Toronto Rock marks the second time in three years that the teams will play at the home of the Montreal Canadiens.

Rochester will open its 21st season on Saturday, January 3rd against Toronto at The Blue Cross Arena. Prior to the game, the Knighthawks will celebrate their latest NLL Championship by raising their 2014 Championship Banner. To experience the excitement of Knighthawks lacrosse, call (585) 454-4295 (HAWK) or go online to http://www.knighthawks.com to purchase your season tickets today.
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Stealth announce camp dates

Posted: October 27, 2014 in Langley Stealth, NLL

Camp Dates

See more teams releasing dates in the near future. The season is getting closer.

Rule Changes for 2015

Posted: October 24, 2014 in NLL

From NLL.com

The National Lacrosse League has announced rule changes for the upcoming 2015 NLL season following a comprehensive review by the league’s Competition Committee. New regulations include improvements on player safety, an additional instant replay challenge and revised procedures for faceoffs.

As part of the league’s commitment to player safety, the time frame of a player deemed to be a Repeat Offender (Rule 41.4) has been extended from a one-year to two-year span. Players assessed a second Match penalty or a second Dangerous Contact to the Head penalty (Rule 77), or combination thereof, will be deemed as a Repeat Offender if the incident occurs within two years of the first offense.

Furthermore, the discipline has increased from an additional game suspension to a five-game suspension for the second offense, and from a two-game suspension to a 10-game suspension for the third offense by a Repeat Offender.

“Player safety is our main priority when reviewing potential rule changes,” said NLL Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Brian Lemon. “There is no room in our game for dangerous play. This new regulation will deter repeat offenders and help ensure that sportsmanship remains at a high level. We continue to make tremendous progress as the league remains committed to the safety of our players.”

From a competition standpoint, the league has also implemented changes with respect to instant replay challenges and faceoffs.

For Instant Replay Challenges (Rule 17.82), an increase of an additional challenge has been approved for a maximum of three per team per game, provided the head coach is successful on the first two challenges. Teams were previously allowed one challenge flag per half.

The league will enforce new faceoff regulations requiring players to be “set” prior to the whistle to improve the proper positioning of sticks and feet of the players. During the 2015 NLL preseason, the league will experiment with minimizing the duration a faceoff man may carry the ball on the back of his pocket on a faceoff. The Contesting the Ball on the Face-Off (Rule 44.4) procedure will be analyzed and reviewed by the Competition Committee prior to the start of the regular season on the weekend of January 2-3.
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Blow to the Stealth. From NLL.com

The Vancouver Stealth have announced that team captain Kyle Sorensen will undergo surgery at the end of the month and will be forced to miss the entire 2015 NLL season with hopes of returning in 2016.

The defenseman played in seven games last season for the Stealth, recording two goals and two assists, while collecting 17 loose balls and forcing ten turnovers. Sorensen has spent his entire career with the Stealth organization since being drafted by the team, second overall in the 2006 NLL Entry Draft.

In 112 career games he’s scored 71 points (28 goals, 41a), collected 492 loose balls and forced 51 turnovers.

“While this decision was a tough one for Kyle, it’s the right decision to have this procedure done now to allow him to return next season fully healthy,” said Stealth President and General Manager Doug Locker. “Kyle is a very important part of our organization and the fact that he will be doing his rehabilitation in BC this spring will allow him to be fully engaged with the team during the coming season, albeit in a non-playing capacity.”

Sorensen was an assistant captain when the Stealth won the NLL Champion’s Cup in 2010 and captained the team to an NLL finals appearance in 2013.

“We will obviously need to restructure our leadership group and will make those decisions in the coming weeks,” said Locker.

NLL training camps will start in November followed by preseason games in December. The 2015 NLL season, the 29th year of pro indoor lacrosse featuring the world’s best players, opens the weekend of January 2-3.
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Swarm sign seven

Posted: October 16, 2014 in Minnesota Swarm, NLL

From NLL.com

The Minnesota Swarm have announced the signings of seven players in preparation for the 2015 NLL season. Minnesota agreed to deals with two offseason acquisitions in D Mike Grimes (one-year contract) and GBrodie MacDonald (two-year contract), and also signed F Corbyn Tao, D Dominique Alexander, D Andrew Casimir, F Nick Cotter, and F Marcus Holman to one-year agreements. The contracts are currently pending league approval.

“We wanted to improve our defensive unit heading into 2015, and Mike and Brodie are two talented players who will help us out right away,” Swarm Owner and Governor John Arlotta said. “In addition, the players we have re-signed and have added through free agency this offseason put us in great shape to have strong competition at all of our roster spots during training camp.”

Grimes, 28, has earned the reputation for being one of the league’s toughest defenders during his eight-year career. The Peterborough, Ontario native collected NLL All-Pro Second Team honors in ‘13 and was named an All-Star starter in ‘11. Grimes is also no stranger to postseason success, having appeared in 11 career playoff contests, which includes three Champion’s Cup appearances. Grimes helped lead the Stealth to a title in ‘10 against Toronto, and to runner-up finishes in ‘11 and ‘13. This past season as an assistant captain, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound lefty led all Vancouver defensemen with 22 points (5g, 17a), and also notched 96 loose balls along with 25 forced turnovers.

MacDonald, 25, is regarded as one of the game’s rising young talents at the goalie position with his 6-foot-7 and 245-pound frame. As a backup to G Aaron Bold in Edmonton the past four seasons, MacDonald posted solid numbers in net, notching a 9.44 GAA and a .774 SV% in eight career appearances. The Vernon, British Columbia native appeared in 74 minutes in 2014, and recorded a .825 SV% and 8.03 GAA.

Tao, 26, has totaled 63 points (24g, 39a), 113 loose balls and 12 forced turnovers in three seasons with the Swarm. During his rookie season in ‘12, the Robert Morris University graduate finished his first campaign in the NLL with 39 points (18g, 21a) and 63 loose balls in 16 games played. Minnesota drafted the Coquitlam, British Columbia native in the second-round (No. 12 overall) of the 2011 NLL Entry Draft.

Alexander, 23, spent a majority of the ‘14 season on the Swarm’s practice squad, and was called up to the team’s 20-man roster for several games at the end of the year. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defenseman appeared in 62 games during his four-year career at Ohio State University, and totaled 95 points (47g, 48a) along with 77 ground balls. Minnesota selected Alexander in the fifth-round (No. 39 overall) of the 2013 NLL Entry Draft.

Casimir, 27, was a two-time All American defenseman during his collegiate career at Dowling College from 2007-11. The East Patchogue, N.Y. native was also Dowling’s team captain and earned ECC Defensive Player of the Year honors in ‘11. Since graduating from Dowling College, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound defenseman has spent the past four years on the LXM Pro Tour.

Cotter, 28, has appeared in 47 NLL contests including his most recent stint with the Buffalo Bandits in 2013. In 2010, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound lefty forward recorded career-highs in points (36) and goals (24). The Dowling College product has notched 90 career points (47g, 43a) and 133 loose balls in the NLL.

Holman, 23, was a standout attackman at the University of North Carolina from 2010-13, where he finished his career with 133 points (84g, 49a). The Baltimore, Md. helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2013.

Toronto Preseason Schedule

Posted: October 14, 2014 in NLL, Toronto Rock

Dec 6 Calgary at Toronto 7 PM
Dec 14 Toronto vs Rochester in Montreal 2 PM
Dec 20 New England at Toronto 7 PM

Games vs Calgary and New England will be played at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre

Bandits sign five

Posted: October 9, 2014 in Buffalo Bandits, NLL

From Bandits.com

Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced the team has agreed to terms on three-year contracts with Ryan Benesch and Dhane Smith, and signed Jordan Dance, Jamie Rooney and Jerome Thompson to one-year deals.

Benesch and Smith were first and third, respectively, in scoring last season for the Bandits. Their contracts are still pending league approval.

In his first season with the Bandits, Benesch paced the team with 78 points (25+53) in 18 games. He also finished among the team leaders in power-play goals (2nd, 7), shorthanded goals (T-1st, 3), loose balls (4th, 88) and shots on goal (2nd, 124).

Smith made the switch to transition last year and finished with 59 points (20+39) in 18 games. The second-year player was third on the team in shots on goal (111) and fifth in loose balls (79).

Rooney, entering his third season with the Bandits, notched 21 points (8+13) in 12 games last season.

Buffalo’s third-round pick (24th overall) in the 2014 NLL Draft, Dance spent last season with the Orangeville Northmen, where he scored 43 points (18+25) in 17 games,

Thompson is back for a second stint in Buffalo after he was drafted by the Bandits in the third round (25th overall) of the 2011 NLL Draft.

Rock sign four

Posted: October 8, 2014 in NLL, Toronto Rock

From Press Release

Toronto Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson has announced the signing of four players, all to one-year agreements, pending league approval. Defenders Hayden Smith and Eric Pitre along with forwards Dylan Webster and Keegan Bal will all try to earn spots with the Rock when training camp opens in less than two months.

Smith played four games with the Buffalo Bandits in 2013, his rookie season in the NLL after being selected in the 2nd round, 13th overall by the Bandits in the 2012 NLL Draft. The 6’1”, 195-pound native of Owen Sound, Ontario, is a tenacious defender who is not afraid to mix it up. He finished the 2014 season on Buffalo’s practice roster, making Smith a free agent at season’s end.

The 23-year old capped off his 2-year Junior A career by capturing the Minto Cup Canadian Junior A Lacrosse Championship with the Orangeville Northmen in 2012. He spent the early portion of his Junior lacrosse career playing for his hometown Junior B club, the Owen Sound North Stars. Smith has split his two years of Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) between Brampton and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Following his 3rd round selection by the Rock in the 2013 NLL Draft, Keegan Bal was placed on the Rock’s draft list as he was committed to completing grad school in England at the University of Durham where he obtained his Masters degree in Business Management and Finance. This year, the offensive righty will come to training camp with an eye on a roster position.

Bal has enjoyed two successful summers in the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) playing for the New Westminster Salmonbellies. Prior to playing Canadian Senior A lacrosse, he played his Junior A lacrosse with the same New Westminster organization and was a top-10 scorer in his final year of eligibility putting up 57 points in just 16 games. He also had a fantastic NCAA career at Lake Erie College where he was named the ECAC Division 2 Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2013. He established a school record with 80 points in his final year of college outdoor lacrosse.

Lefty forward Dylan Webster will bring some intangibles to the table as he is also a terrific on faceoffs. He went undrafted in the 2014 NLL Draft and has signed with Toronto as a free agent. Webster has a great touch around the net and is a pure finisher, scoring at a 20-goal per season pace throughout his 4-year Junior A career with the Brampton Excelsiors. In his first year of Junior lacrosse, he scored 50 goals in 19 games with the Halton Hills Junior B Bulldogs.

In his senior year of NCAA Division 1 outdoor lacrosse at Quinnipiac, Webster had his most successful season in the goal scoring department, notching 26 goals and starting all 14 games at Attack. This past summer, in his rookie season of MSL with the Brampton Excelsiors, the Brampton native scored 9 points in 8 games and handled a great deal of the faceoff load for the club.

Eric Pitre, also a free agent addition, has played the last two summers of MSL for the Oakville Rock under the watchful eye of Toronto Rock GM Terry Sanderson who also serves in the same role for the Oakville summer Senior A club. Pitre is a physical defender who often flies under the radar. The 23-year old played his Junior A lacrosse with his hometown Toronto Beaches.

The Rock will open training camp on Saturday, November 29th at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario. The Rock will play three exhibition games in preparation for the 2015 season. The pre-season schedule is coming soon.

2015 Toronto Rock Season Tickets are now on sale. For more information, please visit http://www.torontorock.com or phone 416-596-3075 to speak with a ticket representative and get your hands on the BEST ticket in town.