National Lacrosse League training camps across North America will see plenty of familiar faces this weekend. Some under contract, some not. Goalie Matt Flindell is one of those without a contract but he’s hoping that status doesn’t last much longer as he is in Calgary with the Roughnecks this weekend. The Victoria Shamrocks goalie is no stranger to the NLL, but hasn’t played in the league since the Portland LumberJax folded in 2009. “Contracts aren’t guaranteed, but I’m going to camp to battle for a backup spot,” Flindell told the Times Colonist in Victoria. “I’m super excited to go to camp, excited and a bit nervous.” Count Victoria GM Chris Welch among the fans hoping Flindell finds his way back to the NLL. “Flinner’s played there before. He hasn’t had good luck getting back in there, but hopefully this opportunity will be the right one.”
Archive for November, 2012
The Rochester Knighthawks and Toronto Rock have both selected a Quebec player to participate in their National Lacrosse League preseason game on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Bell Centre in Montreal. Patrick Hargreaves, a 39-year-old teacher from Montreal, will play for the Knighthawks while 25-year-old Mark Kirby from Kahnawake suits up for the Rock after impressive showings by the two at a local tryout camp earlier this month. Hargreaves ranked first at the selection camp in the areas of conditioning, defensive ability and physical strength. The physical education teacher at Mont-De-La Salle High School in Laval was surprised at work on Wednesday with an official team jersey as a CBC television crew captured the moment on camera here. READ MORE »
The $64,000 question with elite prospect Dhane Smith is, what position will he play? And the answer is…drumroll, please…no one’s really sure. “I haven’t really asked, to be honest. I keep meaning to and I just forget about it,” Smith told IL Indoor with a chuckle. “I think I’m playing transition but I’m not even too sure. They kind of mentioned maybe putting me on ball team (faceoff) and maybe power play and penalty kill, but other than that they haven’t really told me where I’m going to be playing.” Surely assistant coach Rich Kilgour, who handles the defensive end for the Buffalo Bandits, knows what the team intends to do with their first pick, fifth overall in this year’s draft. So what’s the story, Rich? “We’re really wide open to what we’re going to try to do with him cause he can do anything,” Kilgour responds.
The Minnesota Swarm signed Brock Sorensen, their No. 1 pick and the No. 2 pick overall, meaning all 10 first-round draft picks of the National Lacrosse League entry draft are now under contract with the teams that drafted them. The Swarm signed the 6-foot-6, 220-pound defenseman to a 1-year contract and he brings a winning pedigree to Minnesota as a Minto Cup and Mann Cup champion. “What we found in Brock was truly the full package player,” coach Joe Sullivan in a statement from the team. “He can do it on the floor, he can do it the locker room … everything we’ve looked for, he’s going to bring.” The Swarm, who advanced to last year’s West Division final, open training camp this weekend to prepare for the 2013 season.
The Philadelphia Wings signed 13 players this week as they prepare for the opening of their training camp tomorrow morning. Among the signees are defensemen Paul Dawson and Steve Holmes, forward Kevin Buchanan and draft pick C.J. Costabile. The defender out of Duke University was Philadelphia’s fifth-round draft pick, second overall. Philadelphia begins its training as a team for the 2013 National Lacrosse League season after last season saw a rather painful collapse. The Wings were 7-4 at one point but lost their final 5 games before a first-round playoff exit. And so the Wings begin training with an optimistic eye toward reversing their fortunes. Sessions this weekend are Saturday and Sunday morning at 7 a.m. at the Bucksmont Indoor Sports Center. Practices are free and open to the public. READ MORE »
The Rochester Knighthawks opened their training camp last weekend to prepare for the 2013 National Lacrosse League season and Casey Powell was among the trained. Powell was back in an NLL setting for the first time in more than a year after sitting out last season, but he told the Knighthawks he’s excited to be back. “It was a long day but I’m real excited to be here. You never know if you’ve still got it so it was nice to get out here and grind away and try to figure it all out again.”
How teams from different leagues would fare against each other is a favourite topic of discussion amongst lacrosse fans. This Saturday, December 1, fans will get a chance to witness first-hand teams from disparate venues going head to head in a series of games at the Cattaraugus Community Centre in the Upstate Bears Lacrosse Invitational.
The host team is a strong collection of players from, as the name suggests, the Upstate region of New York, focused around Irving (about 25 miles southwest of Buffalo). They have signed on to play in the Midwest Indoor Lacrosse Association in 2013. They’ll be joined by the Canadian Lacrosse League’s Niagara Lock Monsters and the Syracuse Stingers, who are not a PLL team but have played some games against Professional Lacrosse League clubs and are considered to be a candidate for future PLL expansion.
Lock Monsters coach and GM Jeff Dowling says there will actually be two Lock Monsters teams; he’ll split his training camp roster into two squads with 18 runners and two goalies each. Both Niagara teams will play each of the American squads, then the Bears and Stingers will square off. READ MORE »
Toronto Rock General Manager Terry Sanderson has announced the addition of Dave Pym as Western Canadian Scout. Pym was most recently the head coach of the Calgary Roughnecks who finished 2012 with the best regular season record in the NLL.
The former Calgary bench boss was an assistant to Rock head coach Troy Cordingley, also standing alongside Sanderson, in 2009 with a Roughnecks squad that captured the Champion’s Cup. Cordingley left the Roughnecks after that season to take on his current role with Toronto, Pym assumed the Calgary head coaching duties prior to the 2010 campaign. READ MORE »
Any lacrosse conversation that includes Geoff Snider’s name inevitably includes chats about fights. Snider has a rep in the game, one that he’s worked hard and sacrificed much for. And while there’s no way to really sugarcoat his willingness to push up his sleeves and throw down, the downside to that part of his game is that it tends to cover up his other contributions on the floor. Well, all of them but one. Because if you’ve been paying any sort of attention, you know full well that Geoff Snider is one of the best faceoff men in the game today and by the time it’s all said and done for Snides, he may very well be talked about as the best drawman to play the game. READ MORE »
IL Indoor has learned that power forward Scott Evans, released by the Edmonton Rush after their first weekend of training camp, will be signing with the Toronto Rock. Evans was second on Edmonton in goals last season with 23 in 12 games. He sat out their final few regular season games and run to the Champions Cup final, however. Rush GM and Head Coach Derek Keenan had indicated that he didn’t feel Evans fit into the Rush’s attempts to get younger and faster and to emphasize ball movement on offence. Evans had a lacklustre regular season and playoffs with the Peterborough Lakers this summer but was an important contributor in their Mann Cup finals victory over the Langley Thunder, scoring eight goals and 15 points in the six-game series. READ MORE »