Archive for August, 2007

Canadians, hockey, and the NLL Entry Draft


We Canadians have two somewhat annoying habits. One: when we are with American friends (or relatives), we feel the need to remind them of every entertainer or celebrity that is Canadian. For example, if a Canadian is watching a movie starring a Canadian we are compelled to say, “Hey did you know he’s Canadian?” and then we’ll go on to list off almost every Canadian in the entertainment business: Mike Meyers, Michael J. Fox, Jim Carrey, Keifer Sutherland, Elisha Cuthbert, Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams (she’s hot), William Shatner, Paul Shafer, Neil Young, Avril Lavigne, John Candy, Alex Trebek, Howie Mandell, and on and on. Usually we hope for an argument, so its best to say “that’s nice.”

The other Canadian habit is comparing everything to hockey. We are a hockey-crazed nation, so when we tell a parent that he should get his child into lacrosse, we usually tell them that it will toughen them up for hockey, keep them in shape for hockey, or improve their hand-eye coordination – for hockey. Then we will go on to list every NHL hockey player that ever played lacrosse: Brendan Shanahan, Joe Nieuwendyk, Adam Foote, Adam Oates, Joe Sakic, Wayne Gretzky, Stan Jonathon, John Ferguson and on and on.


Catching up with the playoffs


The Canadian playoffs are well underway and so far I would say that the only playoff surprise is that the Brampton Excelsiors are one game away from sweeping the Barrie Lakeshores as they took a 3-0 stranglehold on the series after last night’s 10-8 victory.

Out West, the Burnaby Lakers are headed to the BC junior A finals against the winner of the Coquitlam vs. New West series. In Western Senior lacrosse semifinals, Athan Iannucci’s New Westminster Salmonbellies lead Kaleb Toth’s Nanaimo 2-1 while Burnaby leads Coquitlam 2-1. In Ontario, the Junior A finals are set to begin with the first place Six Nations Arrows matching up against the second place Orangeville Northmen for the right to travel west for the Minto Cup.