Spencer Janes says he’s a reliable guy, which could mean he’ll be on time to practice, he’ll bring the pizza you ordered with the fellas, and he’ll come pick ya up if your car breaks down. Admirable qualities, all of them, but we’re guessing that’s not exactly what he meant when he answered the question of how to describe your game. He said he’s reliable and who’s going to doubt that? Steady production through his Junior A years in Mississauga and Peterborough, along with his first summer of senior ball with the Brampton Excelsiors, show he’s the kind of guy who can cash in when it’s needed, or he can shove opponents around when that’s needed. Of course, that shoving part is a little easier to do when you’re the 6-3, 245-pound guy, and that’s the kind of game he’ll bring, along with that big frame, to the NLL if his name is called on Wednesday night.
His 42 career points in 2 seasons (2009, 2010) with the Peterborough Junior Lakers display his ability to finish near the cage. Before that, he plied his Junior A trade with Mississauga, where he put up 12 points in 2008. This past summer, he landed with the Excelsiors in Brampton, where he played 9 games and handed out a pair of assists in the regular season before logging appearances in 4 playoff games en route to playing in a pair of Mann Cup games for the eventual champs.
So it’s established that Janes will do what it takes on the front end. But he knows his value is worth more out the back door and it’s the size, combined with quickness, that will allow him to do some major shutdown work in front of whoever is his goalie. He’ll work it on the D end and do what he can to put the ball on the floor and once that’s done, he’s got the skill and hustle to move it forward. Odd-man rush? He’ll cash in or find the open teammate. Set situation? He’s hustling to the bench to make room for the snipers. Either way, he’s getting the job done and that’s what he’s hoping he gets the chance to do in the NLL this winter.
From: Etobicoke, Ontario
Junior A or box experience: 5 seasons of Junior A (3 with Mississauga, 2 with Peterborough), 1 season of Senior A with the Brampton Excelsiors
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL?
My size and strength. It allows me to be able to control the smaller shifty players and move the bigger bodied players who try to make room on the floor for the offense.
One word to describe your game?
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL?
Defensive Defenseman who can push the ball up the floor in transition.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after?
Mike Kirk, he is a big guy who plays an in your face style of D and is not afraid to handle the ball and help out in transition.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career?
2011 Mann Cup Championship with the Brampton Excelsiors
Anything else to add?
I am willing to move any where if need be.
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