Archive for November, 2009


Sanderson is new ‘B’ GM in Orangeville

Like father, like son and uncle. Yep, that’s the path Josh Sanderson is following by taking the general manager reins of the Orangeville Northmen’s Junior B squad, a move that was announced this past week. Of course, Shooter’s well-known for his playing skills and now he’ll try to impart that knowledge to the younger players of the game, much like his father Terry and uncle Lindsay have done for years. “Obviously, if I have any questions, I know who I can go to,” Josh joked with the Orangeville Banner. Sanderson takes over for Mike Falkiner, who resigned. READ MORE »


NLL Insider Top 50: Ryan Cousins #36

Ryan Cousins (Photo: Dave Sanders)
Ryan Cousins (Photo: Dave Sanders)

Although some lingering injuries and underperforming team play likely kept him from potentially pulling a Nicklas Lidstrom during the ‘09 National Lacrosse League season, Ryan Cousins still remains one of the sport’s top and most respected defensive leaders.

Cousins is still the only two-time and back-to-back winner of the pro game’s defender of the year nod, his consistent, lead by example, textbook ball is a staple in the Minnesota Swarm’s own end, almost always linked to any and all success the team has experienced over the years. READ MORE »


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Jason Crosbie signed, Chris Levis dropped, Remembering Moon, plus the links

Free agent Jason Crosbie has signed with the Philadelphia Wings. (Photo: Graig Abel)
Free agent Jason Crosbie has signed with the Philadelphia Wings. (Photo: Graig Abel)

After not re-signing him coming out of the ‘08 National Lacrosse League season, the Philadelphia Wings have signed free agent vet forward Jason Crosbie in the middle of their training camp, Crosbie released earlier this off-season by the Toronto Rock shortly after bringing in GM Terry Sanderson.

Crosbie posted 50-points with the Rock last year (51 a year before with the Wings), good enough for fourth in team scoring, his 38-assists trailing only Blaine Manning’s end of year total in Toronto. READ MORE »


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Ryan Powell, Chad Culp and Callum Crawford swapped in three-team deal

Ryan Powell traded for the second time this off-season, now in Edmonton. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)
Ryan Powell traded for the second time this off-season, now in Edmonton. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)

NLL Insider has learned that earlier this week, the Edmonton Rush, Colorado Mammoth and Minnesota Swarm pulled the trigger on a three player trade that sees Ryan Powell going to Edmonton, Chad Culp to Colorado and Callum Crawford with Minnesota.

The deal marks yet another former Portland Lumberjax coached Derek Keenan player who Keenan has dealt for this past off-season in Edmonton, the Rush also signing former Jax defender Bruce Alexander earlier this week. READ MORE »


Cliff Smith, working towards the NLL Dream

For those that follow the box scene during the summer, you know of Cliff Smith. The young 24-year-old forward is an assistant captain for the two-time defending Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) champion New Westminster Salmonbellies. This is a story of his journey to the National Lacrosse League (NLL) as Colorado’s first pick in the 2009 NLL Entry Draft.

“My route to college ball and the path I traveled once I got there was pretty unique,” agrees Cliff. “I made it a goal to play college lacrosse in grade 11.” READ MORE »


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New West Bellies’ two-sport stud Travis Irving knows his role, plus the links

New Westminster Salmonbellies Travis Irving gets it done for Langley Chiefs too.
New Westminster Salmonbellies Travis Irving gets it done for Langley Chiefs too.

Travis Irving scored two goals all of last summer for the New Westminster Jr. A Salmonbellies both regular season and playoffs. And although he’s doubled those numbers so far this winter playing for the Langley Chiefs (of the British Columbia Hockey League), his offensive digits aren’t the stats the opposition is usually all that concerned about.

Irving, who amassed a pretty “impressive” 113 combined penalty minutes in 19 games with the Bellies this past summer, brings the same style of play to the ice, currently sitting on 81PIM with the Chiefs, which include eight fighting majors.

Irving tells the BC Local News, about some of his early pugilistic memories, “We were playing Squamish and their big huge guy, somehow, I ended up fighting him. And I just kept throwing after that.” READ MORE »


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Black Friday Lacrosse Links: Kelusky and Sanderson Ink Deals With Calgary

The Calgary Roughnecks have announced that the team has re-signed captain Tracey Kelusky to a one-year deal. Kelusky put up 84 points (31 goals and 53 assists) in 16 games last season. The Riggers also inked forward Josh Sanderson to a three-year deal. Sanderson, a six-time all star, played his first year with the Roughnecks last season, scoring 29 goals and adding 74 assists throughout last season. Calgary opens the 2010 season in Minnesota against the Swarm on January 10.
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6 weeks and counting

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Where the hell did the time go? Somehow I completely lost track of the past two months. It seems as if it was only yesterday when we were witnessing the Brampton Excelsiors and New Westminster Salmonbellies battle it out in what will go down as one of, if not THE BEST, Mann Cup series in history. Now, we are just a month away from the big fat guy making his annual appearance and then it’s just under two weekstill the 2010 NLL season is upon us. Obviously we here at Insider want to keep you up to date with the goings on and breaking news from all 11 camps coast to coast. READ MORE »


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Toronto Rock look to add focus, intensity and new culture, Matt Shearer at camp

Matt Shearer is attempting a comeback to the NLL, currently at the Toronto Rock's training camp. (Photo: Graig Abel)
Matt Shearer is attempting a comeback to the NLL, currently at the Toronto Rock's training camp. (Photo: Graig Abel)

After a series of rookie and free agent camps held at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations over the past three weeks, the Toronto Rock are ready for their main camp, 35-players looking to land one of 23 active roster spots heading into the 2010 National Lacrosse League season.

“A new coaching staff has been brought in to change the whole culture of the team,” said defender Scott Campbell. ”The last few years we have lacked focus and intensity going into games, but Troy (Cordingley) and Terry (Sanderson) are two of the most intense people I have ever met in my life and that mentality is contagious to be around.” READ MORE »


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Video: ‘09 National Lacrosse League MVP Dan Dawson

Although the Boston Blazers don’t look like they’ll be getting first round pick Max Seibald to a contract this year, the franchise is still really amped up for a big 2010 National Lacrosse League season. Check out Dan Dawson’s highlight package below, and hit up this link for more Blazers videos.