Archive for December, 2011


Breaking: NALL suspends start of its inaugural season until September

ILIndoor.com has learned from sources that the North American Lacrosse League, scheduled to open its inaugural season on Jan. 19, is suspending the start of its season until September. The league that’s designed to further the advancement of American-born players in box lacrosse has 5 teams scheduled to begin play in its first season, but the supplemental draft scheduled for earlier today, Dec. 31, was postponed, according to a Twitter message from the NALL. The reason for the suspension to the start of the season is not yet known, but ILIndoor.com will track the issue as it develops.


Kelusky facing another legendary athlete

Down the page a bit, Tracey Kelusky is in tough against his Buffalo Bandits and Peterborough Lakers teammate John Tavares in IL Indoor’s greatest goal scorer fan poll. At least in that battle Kelusky has a fair chance. He’s a future Hall of Famer himself and certainly knows how to put the ball in the net. But how will fare climbing into the ring with his boyhood friend, TNA world wrestling champion Bobby Roode? Tracey has expressed his displeasure with Roode’s swing to the dark side. Well, Roode welcomed the lacrosse star into his world. Check out the video to see what transpired.


ILIndoor.com: The top headlines of 2011

Brad Banister, right, said the existence of the Roughnecks was in peril, but the team made it through the season long enough to hand off the reigns to the  NHL's Calgary Flames and new GM Mike Board. (Photo: Calgary Sun)
Brad Banister, right, said the existence of the Roughnecks was in peril, but the team made it through the season long enough to hand off the reigns to the NHL's Calgary Flames and new GM Mike Board. (Photo: Calgary Sun)

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the 2011 calendar year throws us for a loop. Plenty of news, good and bad, gave us headlines for this past calendar year. Last year, ILIndoor named the John Grant Jr.-Matt Vinc deal between Rochester and Colorado as its top story. The year before, it was the epic Mann Cup series between New Westminster and Brampton. So what gets the green light as the top headline for 2011? The Calgary Roughnecks? The Whitby Warriors? Rules changes in the NLL? Executive shakeups in the WLA? Plenty of possibilities, for sure, but the only way you’re gonna find out for sure is to make the jump and check out the list. READ MORE »


CLax Notebook: Eric Bissell ready to hit the floor with the Turfdogs


Eric Bissell is ready to be a Turfdog. The transition player who graduated from the Peterborough Lakers Jr A system this year was picked third overall in the Canadian Lacrosse League supplemental draft last Tuesday and he’ll be at practice with Durham next Tuesday. He’s excited to be playing professional lacrosse this winter, even if a few weeks ago his goal was to be playing just down the road from the Turfdog’s Oshawa home. Bissell was a third-round selection of the Toronto Rock in the 2011 National Lacrosse League entry draft and stuck with the team until the final cuts December 22. READ MORE »


NLL’s greatest goal-scorer fan poll: It’s John Tavares vs. Tracey Kelusky

Does Tracey Kelusky have the support he needs to outpoll a Bandits teammate for our poll title? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Does Tracey Kelusky have the support he needs to outpoll a Bandits teammate for our poll title? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

They’ll be teammates for yet another National Lacrosse League season in Buffalo but today, John Tavares and Tracey Kelusky are battling each other. Do they even know it? Someone’s gotta tell ‘em! Maybe they’ll even vote in this here poll that we have to name the greatest goal-scorer in NLL history. As it is, you really can’t go wrong with either one but they’re athletes and they know what’s up when it’s time to compete. That’s what Shawn Williams and Ted Dowling discovered last week and it was Williams pulling out a 5,055 to 3,308 victory over Dowling in fan voting. But don’t be so quick to proclaim in the end of the old-school era with Dowling’s exit. READ MORE »


Toronto Rock sign free agent Jamie Rooney

Jamie Rooney, center, is reunited with Josh Sanderson in Toronto. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Jamie Rooney, center, is reunited with Josh Sanderson in Toronto. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Toronto will be the fifth stop in four National Lacrosse League seasons for Jamie Rooney, but the Rock are glad to welcome him. The veteran right-hander signed a 1-year deal with the Rock, pending league approval, the team announced late Friday. “We were looking for a veteran presence,” Toronto GM Terry Sanderson said in a statement. “There’s a lot of quality guys out there, but we thought Jamie was the right fit and I think he should help us.” Rooney was released by the Washington Stealth, who got his rights in the Boston Blazers dispersal draft. To make room for Rooney, the Rock released rookie draft pick Pete Rennie and then signed to the practice squad.


ILIndoor poll: Your top story for 2011?

And so it is, the close of 2011 is bearing down. It’s been a quick year, but not one that lacked in action. From coast to coast, we got news from the lacrosse world that wasn’t always the greatest news, but also had its joyous moments. From the financial situation of the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks to the Boston Blazers closing shop. From Stealth coach Chris Hall announcing publicly his fight with cancer, to the NLL making some pretty significant rules changes. The NLL, the WLA and MSL all brought us headlines that affected the game we love in different ways, so let’s see what you think was the biggest story for 2011. READ MORE »


ILIndoor Top 35: Callum Crawford #21

Callum Crawford can set 'em up or knock 'em down as a Minnesota Swarm forward. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Callum Crawford can set 'em up or knock 'em down as a Minnesota Swarm forward. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Callum Crawford had a career season 2 years ago and that kinda makes this past season pale by comparison. After all, once you put that 96-point total in your career stat table like Crawford did in 2010, that pretty much becomes the measuring stick. Unless you follow that with even more points. But Crawford didn’t do that in 2011. He produced a 70-point season working with an offense that included Ryan Benesch and Aaron Wilson and as it so happens, it was Benesch who had a 95-point season in 2011. So did Crawford lose his touch? Of course not. You don’t unlearn a skill like that overnight, but even though his numbers were down a bit, he still brings a skill set that makes him one of the game’s best, whether it’s finishing or setting up. READ MORE »


Lakers bring back entire coaching staff for 2012 Major Series Lacrosse season

Jamie Batley and his staff will try to recapture the Mann Cup with the Peterborough Lakers. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Jamie Batley and his staff will try to recapture the Mann Cup with the Peterborough Lakers. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

The Peterborough Lakers have announced that GM/Head Coach Jamie Batley and his staff will return to try to regain the Mann Cup they last won in 2010. Jim Milligan, the Philadelphia Wings offensive coach, will continue to serve the same role as well as being the Assistant GM with the Lakers. Bob Keast and Joe Sullivan round out the coaching staff. Sullivan is the Associate GM with Minnesota while Keast is the Swarm’s D coach. The group led the Lakers to the franchise’s first Mann Cup win in two decades in 2004 and have won three more since. They have reached the Major Series Lacrosse finals for the past nine straight years, winning five times.  Batley has been a head coach with Colorado, Chicago and Toronto in the NLL but is not currently coaching in the league.


Jacksonville Bullies Hire Paul Stewart As Consultant, Associate Head Coach

Former New York Titans assistant coach Paul Stewart will join the Jacksonville bench in the NALL.
Former New York Titans assistant coach Paul Stewart will join the Jacksonville bench in the NALL.

IL Indoor has learned that former NLL coach and scout Paul Stewart has been hired by the Jacksonville Bullies of the North American Lacrosse League as a consultant and associate coach.

Stewart, a contributing writer for IL Indoor, said he had no intentions of coaching in 2012, but was convinced to do so by Bullies coach Brian Duncan and netminder Erik Miller, who is likely to start in cage for the Bullies in 2012.

“I had basically decided to retire from coaching for now,” Stewart told IL Indoor. “I am very vocal and extremely passionate about lacrosse. Five minutes on the phone with Brian Duncan and I went from happily retired to dying to get back at it.” READ MORE »