Off the Crosse-Bar with Aaron Bold of the Rochester Knighthawks

Sure everyone says defense wins championships but little do they know that having a reliable back-up goalie is just as, if not more important. Having the luxury to be able to pull your starter and have just as much faith in your back-up is something every coach hopes for. No matter where he has played; Victoria, Portland, San Jose or Rochester, Aaron Bold has always had the confidence of his coaches and the players in front of him.

This week check in what one of the league’s best 2nd string goalies has to say about life as #2, his thoughts of facing the Toronto Rock, the greatest fans in the game and who he feels should win Goalie of the Year. (Spoiler alert, not much of a surprise here) All that and more on this week’s edition of the Off the Crosse-Bar Podcast.

Aaron Bold came into the NLL with a strong pedigree, a fantastic work ethic and fancy new Minto Cup ring but as many fresh young faces find when entering the big leagues, things just aren’t handed to you.

Bold was considered by many one of the best young tenders in the game and still is but when you consistently end up on teams that have All-World, All-Pro and Goalies of Year, its tough to make that break through. However, that’s what has allowed Bold to continually grow as a player.

“When you play behind those guys you tend to learn a whole lot,” said Bold about his reoccurring back-up spot. Bold still picks the brain of Knighthawks Defense and Goalie Coach Pat O’Toole.

Bold has always had a fantastic work ethic and a willingness to put the team first which has always made him very valuable to his coaches. But that when he was teamed up with Matt Vinc this year with the K-Hawks they created what could possibly be the most athletic and fit goalie tandem in league history. At this year’s training camp, Vinc and Bold finished one-two in the ass-kicking “beep-test”.

Bold continues to pursue his dream of being a solidified NLL #1 goalie and he’s right there on the cusp. If the league ever expands or a team feels the need to upgrade, Aaron Bold is most likely at the top of every GM’s wish list.

Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.

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