Canadian Lacrosse Commissioner Paul St. John is pleased to announce the team name and logo for the new Barrie Franchise. The Barrie Blizzard are the newest franchise to enter the Canadian Lacrosse League making the league seven teams for the upcoming 2013 season.
The Blizzard team logo is an abominable snowman holding a lacrosse stick. Barrie, known for it’s snowfall, is on the southern edge of Ontario’s snowbelt region, where lake-effect snow, primarily from Georgian Bay, falls throughout the winter. An average of 238 centimetres (95 inches) of snow falls annually.
Rob Blasdell will be Barrie’s Head Coach and General Manager. The former NLL goalie is excited about getting the team going. ‘We have a chance to do something big in Barrie’, Blasdell said in a recent interview. ‘I played last season in CLax and it is very good lacrosse – fast paced, high scoring, and physical’.
The Blizzard will also take part in the Junior CLax program for players 7-20 years old, divided into six age groups from tyke to prospects. Barrie will play against teams from other CLax centres with most games on the same day and either before or after the pro game in all the Clax venues including the Barrie Molson Centre.
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