Archive for June, 2009


Ilija Gajic entering ‘09 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, Jamieson to follow?

'09 WLA playoff MVP Ilija Gajic to enter National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.
'09 WLA playoff MVP Ilija Gajic to enter National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.

NLL Insider has confirmed that former Minto Cup winner and current New Westminster Salmonbellies two-way stud, Ilija Gajic, plans on making himself available for the already loaded ‘09 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.

Gajic, last summer’s WLA post-season MVP, still would have had a year’s worth of NCAA eligibility left at Denver University, but was released by the school’s lacrosse program this past season, along with Brad Richardson and Jamie Lincoln, who will be attending Hofstra University since his departure from Denver. READ MORE »


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Toronto Rock sale & Terry Sanderson hiring made official

Terry Sanderson is back with the Toronto Rock (Photo: Globe & Mail)
Terry Sanderson is back with the Toronto Rock (Photo: Globe & Mail)

From Press Release

The Toronto Rock announced today that James R. Dawick, an Oakville-based businessman, has purchased the team from the current ownership group.

The National Lacrosse League’s Board of Governors approved the sale of the franchise last week.

“The Toronto Rock is one of the cornerstone franchises of the National Lacrosse League,” said Dawick. “My goal is to restore the winning tradition of the Rock and ensure that it once again becomes one of the most competitive franchises in the league.” READ MORE »


The races within the MSL races

Last week, we sang the praises of the competitive race shaping up in Major Series Lacrosse as three teams sat tied atop the standings with 12 points each. This week, we need a new superlative. Why’s that? ‘Cause now we have FOUR teams jammed at the top. Brampton, Peterborough, Six Nations and St. Regis all are sittin’ pretty with 14 points each and Kitchener-Waterloo isn’t in a bad spot either, chasin’ tail with 12 points. That leaves the contest for the sixth and final MSL playoff spot between Shawn-Williams-less-Brooklin (4 points) and Barrie (4), and they’ll get right at it with Thursday’s game at Barrie. READ MORE »


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The Salmonbellies Seats for Soldiers Game, plus the links

Like they did last fall when they came together with the lacrosse community through Operation Salmonbellies Lacrosse (shipping lacrosse gear and equipment to soldiers stationed in Kandahar), the New Westminster Salmonbellies are once again pulling their resources together to help out the troops, this time through their newly announced Seats for Soldiers campaign. READ MORE »


BCJALL: Final week, one playoff spot and top prospects

Last week, four teams were still fighting to make the 2009 B.C. Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League (BCJALL) playoffs. Burnaby and Delta have since guaranteed themselves playoff action, leaving two teams to fight for one last playoff spot.

Nanaimo (7-12) will travel to Port Coquitlam (5-13-1) on Saturday night in a potential battle for that last remaining post-season ticket. READ MORE »


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Lacrosse Links: Champion’s Cup replays plus the links

Some fun links for today.

The 2009 NLL Championion’s Cup game between the Calgary Roughnecks and the New York Titans will have some re-airings this week. Here’s a link on where to find the games.

A couple fun links for you. NLL.com is keeping the NLL Girl of the Week love rolling through the summertime. This time it’s Jennifer, from the San Jose Stealth. I’m guessing she won’t be making the commute to Washington when the team moves, but here’s a nice bio on the dancer from Santa Cruz, Calif. READ MORE »


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NLL Insider National Jr. A Ranking: Week 5

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Big game tonight between Ontario’s current two best when the Orangeville Northmen and Burlington Chiefs square-off at Central Arena on Drury. The two teams currently combine for a 28-4 record and sit within this week’s top three across the nation.

In fact, BC and Alberta see their best two clash this week too, while the race for the final spot in the BCJALL will play-out in what’s turning out to be this summer’s most explosive seven days of junior ball.

After the jump, check out who falls where on the heels of the post-season, and what remaining crucial regular season battles could determine some team’s playoff fate. Plus a couple polls for both BC and Alberta. Who ya got?!?! READ MORE »


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The unsung MVP contenders of Alberta Jr. A lacrosse

Every team has that guy. That guy. The one who does it all one game and then does it all a little better the next but no matter what he does, it isn’t his name going up in headlines. It isn’t his name that gets rattled off when Alberta’s best are being discussed. And it sure isn’t his name in an NLLinsider breakdown of who you need to know from Alberta Jr. A because maybe somebody neglected to put it in there. Who would have done such a thing? READ MORE »


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Breaking: NLL to drop interim tag, George Daniel full-time commish

George Daniel presenting Tracey Kelusky with the Champion's Cup. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
George Daniel presenting Tracey Kelusky with the Champion's Cup. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

NLL Insider has learned that current National Lacrosse League Interim-Commissioner, George Daniel, will be named the league’s full-time Commissioner, the league’s board of governors approving and fully supporting the promotion during their meetings in Philadelphia in recent weeks.

Daniel is currently in the process of signing a new contract with the NLL, a deal that would see him as the league’s boss for the next two seasons, carrying his tenure into the 2011 NLL season. READ MORE »


Jamie Lincoln’s NCAA lacrosse career to resume at Hofstra

Count another high-profile Canadian star on Hofstra’s roster. Pride assistant coach Matt Rewkowski confirmed to Inside Lacrosse Monday that former Denver Pioneer Jamie Lincoln has transferred to Hofstra.
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