The Niagara Lock Monsters have prepared for their inaugural season in St. Catharines by making trades, taking part in the Canadian Lacrosse League Entry Draft, unveiling their name and logo…all very exciting things for a team in a new locale. But Sunday they took the step that starts to make the whole thing become very real: they held their first training camp session. There’s nothing like actually having players hit the floor to bring home the fact that the season is fast approaching. Jeff Dowling, the Lock Monsters’ head coach and GM, sang the praises of a number of players to the Niagara LocalSportsReport.
“Andrew Tober shows no signs of slowing down from last season where he was one of the top transition players with the Avengers,” Dowling said, harkening back to the Lock Monsters initial season in Peel. “Dylan Llord played very well at both ends and showed up with a great attitude ready to work hard,” he added about the high-scoring and abrasive “most hated player in CLax“.
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It’s an exciting time for National Lacrosse League teams and their draft picks as well, of course. The Edmonton Rush are looking forward to seeing Michael Cudmore at camp. The feeling is mutual, and Cudmore makes it pretty clear what he’ll bring to the table for the defending West Division champs. “I just go out there and give it all I got. If there is a loose ball in the corner, it’s going to be a battle, if you’re going to get it against me.” One correction to the article: it says that Power Play Lacrosse, where Cudmore helps coach with his summer teammate Cam Holding, is based in Durham. It actually runs out of Lansing, Michigan, where Holding lives…Canadian lacrosse honoured some of its all-time greats on Saturday at the induction ceremonies for the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Rush coach Derek Keenan was among those entering the Hall. Also going in were a trio of “Boro Boys”. Craig Stevenson, Bob Curtis and Ron Jay joined the ranks of Canadian lacrosse legends. “I was surprised and honoured when I found out,” Curtis told The Peterborough Examiner after learning of his induction in June. “It’s great to be recognized after so many years and be (in the Hall) with so many players I played with and against.”…Lindsay Guentzel is joining the Minnesota Swarm as an in-arena host for the 2013 season. “Lindsay’s eagerness to get involved will also translate over to the Swarm’s online presence on Swarm Vision and Twitter, where she already has a strong fan base. We’re looking to add members of The Hive to her growing list of followers!” enthused Swarm Director of Brand Marketing Matt McCormack on the team’s web site.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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