National Lacrosse League training dates

Adam Jones, John Grant Jr. and Dan Coates certainly were happy to be back in Mammoth camp. (Photo: Josh Gross)
Adam Jones, John Grant Jr. and Dan Coates certainly were happy to be back in Mammoth camp. (Photo: Josh Gross)

The Colorado Mammoth are already getting after it. The Rochester Knighthawks get going this weekend as they prepare to defend their back-to-back National Lacrosse League titles. Who else is doing what? ILIndoor has compiled a list of the training camp dates and exhibition games scheduled for each NLL team. So if you haven’t made your plans yet to check in on your team before the season kicks off on Dec. 28, here’s your comprehensive guide. Camps this year will be intense with smaller rosters fielded by each team for the season and speaking of rosters, the deadline for NLL teams to submit their finalized 20-man roster for the start of the season is Dec. 16.

Buffalo Bandits

The Bandits get started on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Bandits will scrimmage the Wings on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 at First Niagara Center, then will scrimmage the Rush on Dec. 14 at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. The Dec. 7 scrimmage is open to the public, free of charge. A team autograph session will follow the scrimmage.

For details, and ticket information, go to the Bandits website.

Calgary Roughnecks

Schedule to be released later this week.

Colorado Mammoth

The Mammoth opened this past weekend with sessions on Friday night and Saturday morning. The team’s next session is Dec. 6 in Toronto followed by 2 more weekend sessions in Colorado.

For details, and ticket information, go to the Mammoth website.

Edmonton Rush

Edmonton’s first session is Thursday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 1 in Edmonton at Leduc Recreation Centre. The team will then have another session in Toronto from Dec. 12 to Dec. 15.

For details and times, along with ticket information, go to the Rush website.

Minnesota Swarm

The Swarm’s first weekend session is set to begin Friday, Nov. 29 and run to Dec. 1 at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ont. The Swarm will hold 2 more sessions there on Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15. Exhibition games are scheduled for Dec. 6 vs. Colorado in Oakville, Dec. 7 vs. the Knighthawks in Rochester, and Dec. 14 vs. the Roughnecks in Oakville.

For details, and ticket information, go to the Swarm’s website.

Philadelphia Wings

The Wings get started on Friday with weekend sessions scheduled through Sunday at Bucksmont Indoor Sports Center. All sessions are free and open to the public. Exhibition scrimmages are scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8 vs. the Bandits in Buffalo, and Dec. 21 vs. the Rock in Oakville.

For details, and ticket information, go to the Wings’ website.

Rochester Knighthawks

The Knighthawks begin defense of the NLL title with sessions this weekend at Total Sports Experience in Rochester. Saturday’s session is from 5-7 p.m. and Sunday is from 1-4. Scrimmages are scheduled for Dec. 7 vs. the Swarm in Rochester, Dec. 14 vs. the Rock in Oakville and Dec. 15 vs. Calgary at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

For information and details, go to the Knighthawks’ website.

Toronto Rock

The Rock will open their preseason with a rookie and free agent camp this weekend in Oakville with a full camp session set for the following weekend, starting on Nov. 30. The Rock will scrimmage the Mammoth on Dec. 7 in Oakville, the Knighthawks on Dec. 14 in Oakville, and the Wings on Dec. 21 in Oakville. All 3 sessions are free and open to the public.

For information and details, go to the Rock’s website.

Vancouver Stealth

The Stealth get started this weekend with a series of sessions, all taking place at their new home, the Langley Events Centre and fieldhouse. Saturday’s a 2-session day with blocks set for 10 a.m. to noon and 7 to 9 p.m. On Sunday, the Stealth practice from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information on additional sessions, and ticket information for the season, go to the Stealth’s website.

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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