Archive for June, 2010


Hosting the Minto Cup next summer, the Calgary Raiders are all about 2010, plus the links

Watching Edmonton take a hard fought Alberta title last year, the Raiders have their sights set on lifting that gold in 2010.
Watching Edmonton take a hard fought Alberta title last year, the Raiders have their sights set on lifting that gold in 2010.

Although next year promises a trip to the Minto Cup tournament, the minds of the Calgary Jr. Raiders are in the here and now. “We will focus on this year now, next year is next year,” said Senior Captain Danny Dahms (Western Wheel), whose Junior A career will come to an end after this season. Riding a 14-game win streak, and now sitting as the only undefeated team in the country, the Raiders are focusing on whatever it takes to take the next step and represent Alberta at the Minto. READ MORE »


Junior A Power Rankings: The mighty fall, Brock Sorensen debuts, the Raiders beef up, Reegan Comeault’s big digits

Falling to the Whitby Warriors early last week, what kinda shape are Andrew Suitor and the Northmen in? (Ward Laforme Jr.)
Falling to the Whitby Warriors early last week, what kinda shape are Andrew Suitor and the Northmen in? (Ward Laforme Jr.)

Did the Orangeville Northmen’s first loss of 2010 shake ‘em up on the court and inside Insider’s Power Rankings? With their regular season series knotted at one, who is the West’s true king, Coquitlam or New Westminster? Is this potentially the strongest, most prepared Alberta Minto rep we’ve ever seen? And are Akwesasne, Burnaby and Delta legit post-season contenders after some hot streaks few were expecting? Find the answer to those questions and a helluva lot more in this week’s Junior A Power Rankings right after the jump. READ MORE »


Alex Gajic trade for Athan Iannucci raises interesting possibilities in WLA, plus links

Jeff Shattler, left, and the Victoria Shamrocks are 2-2 in their last 4 matches, along with 4 other WLA teams. (Photo: Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist)
Jeff Shattler, left, and the Victoria Shamrocks are 2-2 in their last 4 matches, along with 4 other WLA teams. (Photo: Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist)

The news Tuesday that the Langley Thunder traded Alex Gajic to New Westminster for Athan Iannucci was interesting because yes, it’s a trade that involves big names, but both players have yet to play a Western Lacrosse Association game this season. Gajic’s been a holdout and Iannucci hasn’t played as he rehabs an injured knee. So was this a trade based solely on potential? Well, yes, but the potential really is based in the fact that both players can produce. It’s just a matter of when that production can hit the floor for either squad. Gajic’s been holding out for a trade to New West so he can play with his brothers, Nenad and Ilija, and the word on AI is that he’s been pretty steady with his work to recover from a knee that’s had 2 operations. READ MORE »


The Money Ballers (Junior A Edition): Casey Jackson maintains, Mark Matthews on absolute fire and BCJALL points/game recent history

Mark Matthews has dominated the BCJALL since arriving from his sophomore season at Denver. (Photo: Denver University Athletics)
Mark Matthews has dominated the BCJALL since arriving from his sophomore season at Denver. (Photo: Denver University Athletics)

How good has Mark Matthews been in Coquitlam?

The former Whitby Warrior and current Denver U stud has put his stamp on the BCJALL like few other Ontario imports over the past decade, leading the Adanacs in scoring with only nine games played (versus the 18 the A’s have in the books), impacting The Money Ballers this week and averaging a points per game pace that woulda seen him at potentially 130-points on the season. After the jump, check out our Money Baller leaderboard, as well as some of the highest producing scorers in BC and how Matthews stacks up. READ MORE »


Ajax-Pickering surprises Brampton as Excelsiors deal with limited manpower, plus more Major Series Lacrosse links

Don’t look now, but the Ajax-Pickering Rock are 2-2 in their last 4 games. Problem is, they were 0-6 before that. But since all 6 Major Series Lacrosse teams are playoff teams this season, there really won’t be a playoff push this summer. That’s not to suggest anyone’s laying up since the postseason is a lock, because there’s a lot of pride in the game these days, especially among a group of guys whose team is making its MSL debut in 2010. No doubt, not many expect much from a first-year team and the Rock’s 4 points have it in the MSL cellar as far as the standings go, but still, 2 wins in 4 games is a solid indicator of progress, especially when one of those wins comes against powerhouse Brampton. READ MORE »


Langley Thunder holdout Alex Gajic traded to New Westminster Salmonbellies for Athan Iannucci’s playing rights

Langley Thunder holdout Alex Gajic makes his way to New West. (Photo: Michael Martin)
Langley Thunder holdout Alex Gajic makes his way to New West. (Photo: Michael Martin)

Insider learned earlier today that the Langley Thunder have traded ‘09 first overall draft pick Alex Gajic to the New Westminster Salmonbellies in exchange for the playing rights of injured forward Athan Iannucci, who has been sidelined in recent seasons after a pair of major knee surgeries.

The Thunder had taken Gajic in last year’s WLA draft, but Gajic had been rumoured to only be interested in playing alongside his brothers Ilija and Nenad in New West, Langley without the youngest Gajic brother on their roster since selecting him. READ MORE »


NLL Coming Attractions – Curtis Dickson and Jarrett Davis of the WLA Burrards

The Maple Ridge Burrards of the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) this season feature Curtis Dickson and Jarrett Davis, two young offensive studs projected to be first-round selections at the up-coming National Lacrosse League (NLL) draft. The two BC boys started playing box lacrosse in mini-tyke, and have been lighting the lamp (almost) ever since.

Dickson

Last year, Curtis Dickson converted on over 25% of his shots for the BC Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League (BCJALL) New Westminster Salmonbellies before being hindered by an injury in the final. It was an impressive year for the senior, nominated by NLL Insider as one of ten finalists for National Junior Player of the Year. But he had an even better NCAA campaign with the University of Delaware, capturing the CAA championship. READ MORE »


Tracey Kelusky returns to Peterborough Lakers for remainder of 2010 season

Tracey Kelusky
Tracey Kelusky

The Peterborough Lakers lose their first game of the season, so what do they do? They amplify their offense. The Lakers announced today that they’ve signed veteran forward Tracey Kelusky and he’ll be in the lineup tonight against Brooklin. He’ll play in all 6 remaining regular-season games to qualify for the playoffs, and he’ll give the Lakers even more punch from the right side. “I am very glad to return to the Lake Show and help my hometown teammates make a run at the MSL crown this year,” Kelusky told The Peterborough Examiner. Peterborough was off to a 9-0 start this season before dropping an 11-9 decision to Six Nations last Thursday and Kelusky joins an offense that includes the likes of John Grant Jr. John Tavares, Mark Steenhuis, Kyle Clancy, Scott Evans and Shawn Evans.


Green Gaels surprised by Mississauga in first round of Junior B playoffs, plus links

The was little doubt the Green Gaels were a favorite to repeat their OLA Junior B title this summer, as if a 20-0 regular season left any reason to think not. Even at 19-1 last summer, the Green Gaels rolled through the playoffs by sweeping 3 of their 4 opponents before being upset in the Founders Cup finals. So there was little reason to think Clarington might do the same again this postseason, but the Mississauga Tomahawks have already thrown a wrench into that plan. The Green Gaels rolled easily enough, 12-5, in the playoff opener last Thursday, but Mississauga’s 6-4 win on Sunday leaves the series tied 1-1 as they prepare for Friday’s Game 3 at Clarington. So what happened? READ MORE »


Canadian Lacrosse Association Major Power Rankings: Lakers drop first game, A-P Rock pick up first two, Jeff Shattler steps up

Behind the Victoria Shamrocks in the WLA standings, what did the defending West champion New Westminster Salmonbellies do this week with game against Coquitlam and Nanaimo?
Behind the Victoria Shamrocks in the WLA standings, what did the defending West champion New Westminster Salmonbellies do this week with game against Coquitlam and Nanaimo?

The past week saw the mighty Peterborough Lakers drop their first game of 2010, something many questioned would ever happen this year, a team loaded with a who’s who of some of the most talented players on the planet today. At the other end of the spectrum, the Ajax-Pickering Rock, impressing many with their heart and effort since the start of the season, locked up not only their first, but also second W’s of the season, dropping the defending Mann Cup champion Brampton Excels in a shocker. After the jump, check out what else happened in MSL and WLA ball in Insider’s CLA Major Power Rankings. READ MORE »