Barrie’s CLax expansion franchise may not have a name yet, but they certainly have some big-name players on the roster. The club selected a strong group in its recent expansion draft, including the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and two of IL Indoor’s CLax second team all-stars. Colin Boucher took top defender honours in the Canadian Lacrosse League’s first season last year and now he’ll take his heady and athletic game closer to his Huntsville home town as a key cog in Barrie’s lineup. Barrie also grabbed local boy John Rae, who made the second all-star team last year along with fellow draftee Scotty Komer. For more details and the full press release, make the jump.
GM Rob Blasdell says he is excited about adding Boucher’s talent and leadership and Rae’s “size, grit and speed on the defensive end and in transition.” Komer had an excellent season last year despite missing some time with a concussion. He has been invited to camp with the National Lacrosse League’s Philadelphia Wings and has a good chance to stick as their backup goalie. If he doesn’t crack the Wings’ roster, he’ll be a welcome addition to a CLax lineup.
Blasdell said he doesn’t expect all 20 drafted players to ultimately play for his club. Some will likely be traded for draft picks or other players as he works to build a roster that can compete for a championship right from the get-go. “The league is too young to have an expansion-type attitude,” Blasdell said.
Barrie Selects 20 Players in Clax Expansion Draft
The new Barrie franchise in the Canadian Lacrosse League selected 20 players in the recent expansion draft, putting the first players on its official roster. Included in the selections were 4 goalies. General Manager and Head Coach Rob Blasdell feels the process of putting together an expansion franchise is coming along nicely.
‘We added scoring, transition and defense including goaltending in this draft, addressing all our needs to fill a roster. We’re quite happy to have been able to select Colin Boucher from Huntsville who played with the Durham TurfDogs. Colin was the league’s Most Valuable Defensive Player last season and a 1st Team All-Star. He has the capabilities to be the leader with our club.
What also excites us is that were able to add some local talent, players like John Rae who is a local kid from Barrie. John brings us size, grit and speed on the defensive end and in transition. He is a player who is ready to shine in Clax as he had a very good year with the Oshawa Machine last season.”
Blasdell added that he doesn’t expect all 20 to suit up for the Barrie franchise stating that some will be traded for draft picks and other players. “Overall, if we could take these 20 and put them on the floor we’d have a good expansion team but we want to try to be better than just a good expansion team.
“This is year two for CLax and last year showed the league parity and that any team can win. What we’d like to do here in Barrie is be part of that mentality and not be considered an expansion franchise; the league is too young to have an expansion-type attitude.”
Barrie selected the following players. They are listed with last year’s team and with their home towns in parentheses:
Dave Campbell – Brampton Inferno (Richmond Hill)<
Mike McLeod – Brampton Inferno (Owen Sound)Tyler Patterson – Brampton Inferno (Mimico)
Anthony Lackey – Brampton Inferno (Orangeville)
Brandon Noble – Durham TurfDogs (Barrie)
Tyler Collins - Durham TurfDogs (Toronto)
Colin Boucher – Durham TurfDogs (Huntsville)
Ryan McLelland – Durham TurfDogs (Brampton)
John Rae – Oshawa Machine/Toronto Shooting Stars (Barrie)
Brad Trottier – Oshawa Machine/Toronto Shooting Stars (Barrie)
Travis Bland – Oshawa Machine/Toronto Shooting Stars (Halton Hills)
Jason Mainer – Oshawa Machine/Toronto Shooting Stars (Orillia)
Mike Rollings – Oshawa Machine/Toronto Shooting Stars (Newmarket)
Brice Queener – Peel Avengers/Niagara Lock Monsters (Toronto)
Garret Kikot – Peel Avengers/Niagara Lock Monsters (Toronto)
Scotty Komer – Peel Avengers/Niagara Lock Monsters (Toronto)
Derek Collins – Peel Avengers/Niagara Lock Monsters (Toronto)
Cameron Murphy – Peel Avengers/Niagara Lock Monsters (Fergus)
Lucas Vanderwilp – Peel Avengers/Niagara Lock Monsters (Georgetown)
Mike Cregan – Peel Avengers/Niagara Lock Monsters (Georgetown)
You can meet some of the new Barrie Clax players this coming Sunday at the Barrie Sports Dome from 9am to 11am as the Barrie Junior Clax program will hold an open house for tyke to Junior rep players ages 6-20 interested in playing for the 6 Barrie Junior Clax teams against other Junior Clax programs. For more information contact Joe Nevin at firstname.lastname@example.org.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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