Archive for December, 2012


Iroquois Ironmen acquire reigning CLax Most Outstanding Player Chris Attwood

Scoring champ Chris Attwood is moving from Oshweken to Iroquois in CLax trade. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)
Scoring champ Chris Attwood is moving from Oshweken to Iroquois in CLax trade. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)

The Director of Operations for both the Ohsweken Demons and the Iroquois Ironmen, Vince Hill, announced today the the Demons and Ironmen have completed a four-player deal that includes the 2012 CLax MVP, Chris Attwood.

Attwood, who also was the Creator’s Cup MVP and 1st team all-star, now joins his brother Mike with the Ironmen. Coming to the Demons are transition specialist Logan Kane, sniper Wayne Vanevery and newcomer Dan Vyse.

Hill acknowledged that the trade benefits both clubs filling gaps in both teams rosters. “Chris had a terrific year for the Demons last year but in order for the Demons to upgrade on the left side with Vanevery as well as their right transition with Kane and Vyse they had to give up a player of Chris’s calibre, the Ironmen on the other hand need an offensive leader, one who can put up points on a consistant basis and they gave up some very good players to get Attwood, but this move should help the team put up more goals which hopefully leads to more wins in a very competitive league.”


NLL 2013 preview: Colorado Mammoth

Gavin Prout, left, is back with a loaded Colorado Mammoth offense for the 2013 NLL season. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Gavin Prout, left, is back with a loaded Colorado Mammoth offense for the 2013 NLL season. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

The Colorado Mammoth are back, but they’re not happy with just being back. They have a specific destination in mind and they’re coming into the 2013 National Lacrosse League season intent on reaching that destination: On top of the NLL world. Last year’s edition of the squad certainly was an improvement from the 5-11 team of 2011. But the Mammoth clearly feel they were set up for a deeper playoff run than the one they made that ended with a first-round loss in 2012. The loaded offense is back practically intact, but the defense was tweaked a bit with some key additions and a key returnee so when the Colorado Mammoth start talking about expectations for this season, be clear on what those expectations are. They are nothing short of the 2013 Champion’s Cup. READ MORE »


Your best player not in the NLL is goalie Scotty Komer

Scotty Komer playing for Love You to Death in Prague at the Ales Hrebesky tournament.
Scotty Komer playing for Love You to Death in Prague at the Ales Hrebesky tournament.

National Lacrosse League general managers take note: if you need a goalie at any point this season, IL Indoor readers stand in the corner of Scotty Komer, the winner of the Best Player NOT in the NLL poll. Komer, seeded 9th, bested Ryan Hotaling by over 4,500 votes in the final round to earn the title. The win may serve as some consolation for the veteran keeper, who saw what was looking like a backup role with the Philadelphia Wings turn into a starting slot with the expansion Barrie Blizzard of the Canadian Lacrosse League. He boasted the best save percentage in CLax last year when he faced a ton of shots behind the last-place Peel Avengers. Barrie grabbed him in the expansion draft and will hope he can anchor the back end for them the way he did for Peel last year. READ MORE »


NLL missed out on talents of Matt Striebel

Marty O'Neill
Marty O'Neill

The recent news of the trade between Rochester and Philadelphia brought me around to thinking of some other American indoor players of the past. Lots of stalwart players of U.S.A. heritage have doned a Philly Wings jersey in the past, but other than Mark Millon or Jake Bergey, has there ever been a bigger named, skilled American on Broad St. than Paul Rabil? While it remains to be seen what impact Rabil will have on the Wings fortunes it also sparks up memories gone by from an era when I was the GM of the Wings and coveting U.S. players was my mandate. There were two players that stood out from the first time former Wings head coach Adam Mueller and I watched them play field lacrosse for the Bridgeport Barrage in the summer of 2001, Keith Cromwell and Matt Striebel. READ MORE »


NLL players Snider, McBride are making a difference at home and abroad

Calgary's Geoff Snider, left, was in Newtown, Conn., with fellow lacrosse players to help children there affected by the recent school shooting. (Photo courtesy of Mark Millon)
Calgary's Geoff Snider, left, was in Newtown, Conn., with fellow lacrosse players to help children there affected by the recent school shooting. (Photo courtesy of Mark Millon)

Geoff Snider went to Newtown, Conn., and Andrew McBride went to Benin, West Africa. The trips for these Calgary Roughnecks teammates were taken at different times, but the goal was the same: Reach out to kids and use lacrosse as a tool to make a difference. Snider was in Connecticut with a group of lacrosse all-stars to conduct a clinic and help young athletes coping and recovering from the tragic school shooting. “It was humbling, I was very thankful for the opportunity that I’d been presented with,” Snider told 660 News of Calgary. For McBride, his trip with Right To Play introduced him to children who often are without shoes and/or electricity in their homes. The Roughnecks captain said it drove home to him how fortunate his life is at home and it’s a lesson he wants to impart to the kids he works with in Calgary schools. “We in Canada are pretty lucky. That’s why I sing the national anthem every game,” he told The Calgary Sun. “That’s why I’m passionate about our country. We do have a lot of opportunities. We need to be thankful and not take them for granted.”


Toronto Shooting Stars down Barrie Blizzard 18-14 in CLax exhibition game

Caleb Wiles was the top scorer in a CLax exhibition game Sunday. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)
Caleb Wiles was the top scorer in a CLax exhibition game Sunday. (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax)

With just under two weeks to go before the start of the 2013 Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) season the Barrie Blizzard and Toronto Shooting Stars met in an exhibition matchup on Sunday, December 30th at Stephen Leacock Arena in Scarborough ON.

Barrie opened the scoring just under two minutes into the game, and added two more within a minute to lead 3-0 early. They would hold a 4-1 advantage after one period, but the second quarter belonged to Toronto. The Shooting Stars erupted for eight goals, including two by sixth round draft pick from the Nanaimo Timbermen, Blake Kenny. Barrie would score four of their own, including a last minute marker from Niel Mayhoffer, but they would trail 9-8 at halftime. READ MORE »


Okotoks Raiders will remain in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse league


Below is the decision made by the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League’s Board of Directors regarding an appeal by the Okotoks Raiders Jr A club. The other three teams in the league had voted to kick the Raiders out of the league, saying that they found themselves no longer able to work with Okotoks. The document was acquired by IL Indoor from a party with knowledge of the situation.

The RMLL Board of Directors (“the Board”) has considered the motion of the Junior A division made and passed with a 3/4th’s majority. We have reviewed the rationale for this vote as well as the counter arguments from the Raiders organization. The Board also listened to the testimony of several individuals during a phone conference call and subsequently reviewed the negotiated offers exchanged before the Junior A motion for expulsion was passed. The Board has had several conversations over the phone and via email while trying to find the best way to respond to this motion. We explicitly did not consider any letters of support or related material that was sent to the Board en masse or individually. We deemed this information irrelevant to the issue at hand and the Board is well acquainted with the best interests of the league and its participants.

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Chris Hall is back and ready to rock for 2013

Chris Hall is stoked to be back behind the bench for 2013. (Photo: Graig Abel)

Last year was a tough one for the Washington Stealth. They missed the playoffs after two straight trips to the Champions Cup including one title. They had more than their share of injuries that contributed to the surprising downturn. Perhaps the most significant, though, was the loss of coach Chris Hall for much of the season while he battled throat cancer. He returned for part of the year, but now he’s got his strength back and he’s excited for the start of the 2013 season, one that he and the Stealth hope and expect to be a better one. ”Truthfully, I probably feel the best I’ve felt in over 20 years,” Hall told the Everett Herald. “I feel great. I feel better than before I was sick, like considerably better. I think in large part that is due to I’ve got a little bit of a different view on life these days, and I probably take a lot better care of myself these days than I used to.”


Shooting Stars will honour former Maple Leaf Gardens laxers at home opener


The Toronto Shooting Stars will honor all players and coaches from the original Toronto Shooting Stars teams of the early 1970s along with the 1974 Toronto Tomahawks and the 1999 & 2000 Toronto Rock, the last professional sports team to play at Maple Leaf Gardens before the storied building was closed. The honoring of these teams will come on Sunday January 13th, 2013 before the Toronto Shooting Stars open their 2013 season against the Durham TurfDogs at 2pm.

Clax Commissioner Paul St. John said “Now that the historic building has been re-opened, we think it is a great time to honor teams that once played here. We also want to honor players who played for our namesake team the Shooting Stars from 1973 to 1975 as well as the men that coached them. READ MORE »


NLL 2013 Preview: Rochester Knighthawks

Knighthawks fans are looking forward to seeing Casey Powell, here in a preseason scrimmage with Minnesota, back in Rochester teal. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Knighthawks fans are looking forward to seeing Casey Powell, here in a preseason scrimmage with Minnesota, back in Rochester teal. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

How to consider the Rochester Knighthawks’ 2012 season is quite a conundrum. On the one hand, you can’t conclude a season any better than parading around your home rink with the Champions Cup, as they did in May. On the other hand, they finished 7-9 and gave up six more goals than they scored. Ultimately, as owner/GM Curt Styres and Head Coach Mike Hasen would tell you, either way they needed to improve because the teams around them would be getting better anyway. By maintaining the cores of a solid defensive unit and a group of young offensive stars and adding the Dan and Paul Dawson and Casey Powell, it’s hard to imagine it’s anything but mission accomplished on the improvement front. READ MORE »