If you’ve never had the pleasure to battle for a Minto Cup, then you might have some trouble connecting with the emotions left behind by the Whitby Warriors, the New Westminster Salmonbellies, the Coquitlam Adanacs and the Okotoks Raiders. Because no matter where these teams finished in the tournament standings, there’s little doubt about the investment each player makes to get this far. With investment comes risk and the stubborn thing about that is just 1 team reaps the reward. And this year, that team is the Whitby Warriors. The Warriors wrapped up their second Minto Cup title in 3 seasons on Sunday night, but there’s plenty of talking from all directions. The winning. The losing. The joy. The pain. And of all the words spoken, ILIndoor has rounded up some of the best for your reading enjoyment.
“It’s still pretty sore, but it feels a lot better with another Minto Cup ring that’s for sure. The first one was great, but this one being my final year is pretty special. Being a last-year guy and going out on top is pretty awesome.”
Dan Lintner, Whitby Warriors, to DurhamRegion.com, after watching the Warriors clinch the Minto Cup from the bench with an injured shoulder.
“You know you’re playing a good team when you know you can’t afford to make a mistake. (Whitby) is a complete package.”
New Westminster coach Dan Perreault, to Burnaby Now.
“Every loss is disheartening, but that was a tough one. I’ve never lost like that in my career.”
Brett Baron, Okotoks Raiders captain, to The Western Wheel after an 18-4 loss to the Whitby Warriors.
“I wouldn’t trade this team for the world. There is a lot of young talent … I see a real swing happening for this team. They’re going to strive going forward because of this experience.”
New Westminster goalie Frankie Scigliano, to the Royal City Record.
“We’ve dedicated five years of our lives to try and make this team better, trying to make Alberta lacrosse better so it’s tough that it’s over. It’s been a fantastic five years. I wouldn’t trade the times with these boys for nothing.”
Aaron Tackaberry, Okotoks Raiders, to The Western Wheel.
“Our hearts were ripped out when Wesley (Berg) got hurt. You try to take the high road and move on, but you can’t. He’s our leader, he’s our everything. When you lose your John Tavares in the middle of a playoff run, it takes your heart. It took his leg, but it took our heart. I don’t think we recovered from it. It’s not just his goals, it’s what he creates. But that’s lacrosse.”
Neil Doddridge, Coquitlam Adanacs coach, to Coquitlam Now.
“Compared to the first time we won it, we had the whole talent thing, but this year we had to put the workboots on and work for it. That’s what makes it a little bit more special.”
Dan Lintner, Whitby Warriors, to DurhamRegion.com.
“I get old, but winning doesn’t.”
Whitby Warriors coach Derek Keenan, to DurhamRegion.com.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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