Batley hoping exhibition game means return to Montreal for National Lacrosse League

Jamie Batley believes the NLL can survive in Montreal with emphasis on the correct business model. (Photo: Dave Sanders)
Jamie Batley believes the NLL can survive in Montreal with emphasis on the correct business model. (Photo: Dave Sanders)

The Rochester Knighthawks and Toronto Rock will be in Montreal for a National Lacrosse League exhibition game on Dec. 15. Jamie Batley is hoping that leads to another team being in Montreal — for good — as a member of the NLL. The coach/general manager of the Peterborough Lakers of Major Series Lacrosse told The Peterborough Examiner that about 5,000 tickets are sold and work continues with a little more than 2 weeks left before the game is played. “It’s a way for us to show we can promote the team, the game and do all the background work and show them what kind of people we are when it comes to this type of event,” Batley told the Examiner. Batley and Martin Routhier, former president of the Montreal Juniors QMJHL franchise, are making it a point of working with the Native community. Prior to Saturday’s exhibition, the Kahnawake and Akwesasne midgets will part of a meet and greet at a meal for the NLL players, then play a game before the Knighthawks and Rock meet.

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 bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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