Nick Rose is staying with the Coquitlam Adanacs this summer, but it wasn’t easy. It took a lot of talking and a lot of discussion – and some compensation – but the A’s locked up Rose for the coming Western Lacrosse Association by sending cash and the playing rights of Aaron Bold to the Brooklin Redmen. It was worth it, said Coquitlam general manager Randy Delmonico of Rose, who has played in Coquitlam the last 2 summers and had the loop’s second-best goals-against average in 2011 at 7.00. “It’s been 6 months of pain,” Delmonico told Coquitlam Now. “It was difficult to say the least.” But it’s a done deal and with the defense the A’s have put together to play in front of Rose this summer, they’re feeling good heading into the season.
Delmonico says Bruce Murray, Jon Harnett, Mike Kilby and Travis Irving are lined up and ready to roll in front of Rose. And with the potential of a unit led by the aforementioned, it’s easy to understand why Delmonico is excited.
“These are all big guys that are pretty intimidating,” he told the newspaper. “That’s going to make it a little easier for our goalies in the long run.”
“Our goalies” include Adam Shute of Okotoks and Tom Johnston, who will compete with Rose for time but more likely will just be holding down the fort until Rose’s National Lacrosse League season ends with the Toronto Rock. If the Rock advance to the NLL’s Champion’s Cup, that game will be played May 19. Coquitlam opens its season May 20, so if Rose and the Rock are busy up until then, he’ll likely miss the first couple of games for Coquitlam.
Still, better late than never, said Delmonico. “Nick’s well-liked by the players,” he said. “He’s a real nice guy and he knows everybody. If I need to know something about a player in Ontario, Nick knows him.”
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The Langley Thunder have had a busy off-season and they say they’re not done. The team is working to secure the rights to stud forward Mark Matthews, but the Brooklin Redmen are saying don’t count on that happening. “No, sorry, this will not be happening,” Brooklin GM/coach Wayne Colley said in an e-mail to The Province. The Thunder say they’ll keep trying. (The Province) … The Victoria Shamrocks know very well who they’ll be without this summer (Rhys Duch, Jamie Shewchuk, Andrew Suitor, Noah Talbot and Nick Inch) so the focus shifts to who will be there. Matt Lyons, a third-year forward, understands he’s one the Shamrocks will count on. “Not only for myself, but there are a bunch of us on this team where it’s time to step up and take more of a leadership role,” he said. (Times Colonist) … The Nanaimo Timbermen may not have Lewis Ratcliff this summer after trading him to Langley, but that will not alter their 3-year plan. Coach Art Webster says workouts have been light with a few players still working with their NLL team, but rookies Cody Bremner and Kyle Hofer will be counted on to contribute. “We set out on a three-year plan and we’re into the third year of that now. I think we’re ahead of ourselves right now in the way that we’re developing.” (Nanaimo Daily News) … The Kitchener-Waterloo Braves have not won a Junior A playoff series since 1992 and haven’t even qualified for the playoffs in 3 seasons, but team president Lawrie Hallman is hoping that changes this summer. “Our goal is to make the playoffs and win in the playoffs. We are here to win,” said Hallman. (TheRecord.com) … The Guelph Regals are 2-0, but barely, after they defeated Brampton 15-9 in a game they led 9-2 at the end of the first period. “Again, it was the same issue – a full 60(-minute effort). Sooner or later, it’s going to come back and haunt us,” Guelph coach Jim Leworthy said. (Guelph Mercury) … The defending OLA Junior C champion Clarington Shamrox hit the floor this weekend as part of the second annual Kingston Shootout. Five teams are scheduled to participate, including Clarington, Kingston, Gloucester Griffins, Whitby Warriors and Brockville Ballistic with each of the visiting teams getting 3 games and the host Kings playing 4. Admission is free, but there’s a food drive for the Partners in Mission Food Bank. (The Whig) … The new ownership in Nanaimo has unified the Senior team with the Junior A team in terms of logos to help fans better identify with the organization, not just a single team. It’s all part of an overall effort at various levels to heighten awareness and fan interest and so far, it’s working. More than 400 season tickets have been purchased, surpassing last year’s mark, said operations manager and governor Bill Bestwick. “It’s a real proud day for the organization. It’s a new day.” (Nanimo Daily News) … As for the Junior A team itself, expectations are high for the Timbermen going into 2012. “The goal this year for the owner, management, coaching staff and players is to win. We expect to win the league, we expect to win the B.C.s and obviously we expect to win the Minto Cup,” new coach Dale Nicks said. (Nanaimo News Bulletin) … The BCJALL season kicks off Sunday with a pair of games and the usuals — New West, Coquitlam, Delta and Victoria — are expected to do the usual and compete for the top spot. But it’ll be interesting across the board as teams adjust to the new rule that limits Ontario to Alberta transfers to just 2 players per team, down from 5. “It makes a big difference and makes it tough. It makes it very tough,” New Westminster GM Doug Zack said. (The Record) … The Junior B Clarington Green Gaels have been a powerhouse of late, but that power evaporated when it came to playoff time and coach Jason Crosbie is hoping that changes in 2012. He’s got a stable of studs returning for this season, including Connor Latimer and Dylan Goddard up front, but there’s also some infusion of new talent from the Junior C Clarington team that won that loop’s championship last season. “Halton beat us two years in a row. They wore us down and beat us up a little bit … and obviously if you look at the guys we got from the Shamrox, and some other guys, we’re a little bigger and stronger this year. Hopefully that works out in our favour,” said Crosbie. (DurhamRegion.com) … The Senior B Rockyview Knights of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League will be back in Airdrie this summer and, more importantly, back in a Plainsmen Arena that’s been renovated. The Knights had to leave the arena 3 seasons ago because of a sweating floor that made it too dangerous to play on. “We are excited and optimistic about what the fan base will be. We’re hoping we can pick up where we left off. We are going to promote ourselves a little bit better than we did the first time through,” said coach Gareth Barley. (Airdrie Echo).Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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