No one is happier about the official announcement that Colin Doyle is returning to the Six Nations Chiefs this summer than Chiefs’ Head Coach Rich Kilgour. “I’m absolutely ecstatic that he’s back,” Kilgour said, noting that he’s much happier being on the same team with Doyle rather than opposing him. “When we played against each other, we weren’t the best of friends. But now that he plays for the team that I’ve coached for the last three years, I have nothing but the utmost respect for the guy. He is a true leader on and off the floor. I’m hoping this year we can get the job done.”
Last year, the Chiefs got the closest to getting the job done they have in a while, reaching the Major Series Lacrosse finals against the Peterborough Lakers but falling short in the series. “We’ve gotten a little step closer every year and last year we made the finals. Hopefully this year we can get back and get a trip out west,” Kilgour said. “It’s much better trying to win one with Colin than having to fight against him all the time.”
One of the Chiefs’ key rivals, meanwhile, will be searching for new leadership. The Brampton Excelsiors coaching staff of Mike Hasen, Dan Teat and Paddy O’Toole are stepping down. All three have young children and want to spend more time with their families.
“It’s been almost 20 years in that dressing room and unfortunately my family’s been put on the back burner for all of it.” Hasen told IL Indoor. I’ve got three kids now and my oldest is a bantam now. I’d like to spend more time with that and just more time with family in general.”
Hasen is a Brampton native and he says that makes the playing and coaching career he has had with the Excelsiors even more special. “Growing up as a kid, that’s where I wanted to be and that’s what I wanted to do,” Hasen said. “Having that chance is great and having the chance to have that success with it is not something you can even dream of. It’s very difficult to leave but at the same time it’s very rewarding when you look back at it.”
It’s not hard to guess where Hasen will be during Excelsiors home games, though. “We’ll be there, probably for every single game. Except I’ll be able to show up at game time and leave when it’s done. My two girls will have that ability to bounce around me and my wife during the games.”
The Excelsiors are currently conducting a search for their new coaching staff. IL Indoor will bring you the news once it breaks.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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