Georges St. Pierre gives full marks to NLL: ‘It’s pretty impressive,’ plus the links

Georges St. Pierre got a good look at NLL action from the Edmonton bench on Saturday. (Photo: Edmonton Rush)
Georges St. Pierre got a good look at NLL action from the Edmonton bench on Saturday. (Photo: Edmonton Rush)

Georges St. Pierre has seen a lot when it comes to contact sports, and he liked what he saw Saturday night as a guest of the Edmonton Rush for their National Lacrosse League game against the Colorado Mammoth. Just don’t count on him taking up the game anytime soon. When The Edmonton Sun asked if he’d play forward or defense, St. Pierre responded: “Spectator.” Jokes aside, the retired MMA fighter said he enjoyed his time in Edmonton, mingling with fans, dropping the ceremonial faceoff and then spending the first quarter on the Rush bench. “When you see that athletic ability of the guys it’s pretty impressive, you know … I hope I’m going to do it again in the future,” he said. “I don’t know much about the sport but it seems like the team is very fast … and your goaltender is very solid, too.”

plus the links

If you’ve moved, you know how easy it is to lose things. That’s what happened to former Knighthawks majority owner Steve Donner, who said the team’s 1997 NLL title included a ring for current owner Curt Styres. Donner couldn’t find the ring, but managed to find it for his trip back to Rochester last weekend as he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. “That season was your first introduction to the Knighthawks and was your first big save for the Knighthawks. It is with heart-felt pleasure to give this to you.” (Rochester Knighthawks) … The Colorado Mammoth will unveil their jerseys for Lacrosse Out Cancer and Western Night, tonight at Brothers Bar & Grill in Lone Tree, Colo. Fans are invited to the festivities, which start at 5:30 p.m. (Colorado Mammoth) … Saturday’s 17-6 win over the Mammoth gave the Edmonton Rush their first home-opening win since 2010 as well as momentum toward the goal of improving on last year’s 2-6 mark in Edmonton. “We’ve struggled in our own building in the past. We’re just focused on one goal and that’s to win the game,” said forward Zack Greer. (Edmonton Rush) … Sure, Dane Dobbie scored 4 goals last weekend, but that’s not the important thing. “The points aren’t the big deal right now. It’s just getting the win. Tonight was my night and Jeff Shattler’s. Next week it could be (Curtis) Dickson. Dickson could go off for seven. Velts (Daryl Veltman) could go off for three. We’ve got a well-rounded offence,” he said. (Calgary Roughnecks) … The Minnesota Swarm have been a surprise this season, and not the good kind of surprise as they’re off to a 0-2 start. But the Swarm has a double-header weekend approaching. “The mindset is two wins.  We can’t think of anything other than that.  In order to get back to where we said we wanted to be we need two wins,” said coach Joe Sullivan. (Minnesota Swarm).

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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