From Press Release
The addition of Jon Sullivan further strengthens Canada’s defence for the 2011 world indoor lacrosse championship in the Czech Republic, May 21-28.
Sullivan, 28, of St. Catharines, Ont., is in his seventh National Lacrosse League season, all with the Minnesota Swarm.
“I am very excited to be included on the Canadian indoor team,” says Sullivan. “It is an honour and privilege anytime you represent your country, especially since this will be my first indoor worlds.”
The six-foot-two, 195-pound defenceman, was on Canada’s team that won silver at the 2010 world field tournament in Manchester, England.
“What I took from the Manchester experience was to try to take as much out of it as I can on and off the field, experiencing the history and culture as well as competing on the floor,” says Sullivan.
Canada’s D-corps also includes, as previously announced, Mike Carnegie, Sandy Chapman, Ryan Cousins, Bill Greer, Pat Merrill, Jeff Moleski, Kyle Rubisch and Rory Smith.
“I think we have a strong team front to back with a lot of depth at every position,” says Sullivan.
Sullivan fills a roster spot vacated by Mark Steenhuis of St. Catharines, who has withdrawn due to family and work commitments. The two were 2010 Team Canada teammates.
“I want to thank everybody for the opportunity to play for Canada,” Steenhuis said. “Unfortunately, the timing isn’t the best for me. I’m glad that Sully was added to the roster. It’s well deserved. I also want to wish all the guys the best of luck and I hope they bring home the gold.”
Previous world indoor tournaments were held in 2003 and in 2007, both in Canada, and were won by Canada. Overtime was needed to edge the Iroquois Nationals four years ago and, with the United States having assembled a formidable lineup, the new challenge is formidable. Hence the need for a strong defence, where Sullivan will play a significant role.
“Jon is a great addition to our national team roster,” says general manager Johnny Mouradian. “He is one of the most consistent defenders in the NLL. He is very good defending the two-man game.”
The 2011 world indoor tournament will be staged in the Czech capital of Prague, and Sullivan visited the city with friends a couple of years ago.
“We stopped there for a couple of nights while backpacking around Europe. It is a very beautiful city and I am looking forward to going back.”The foremost boxla writer, Tutka is a former NLL scout and a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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