Archive for the ‘Alberta Junior A’ Category

Dirty Dozen: Lacrosse is hot in Buffalo and Edmonton, props to Jake Bergey and #BraverThanBrave rallies lacrosse family

New coach Troy Cordingley has lit a fire under the Bandits, winners of 5 straight. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
New coach Troy Cordingley has lit a fire under the Bandits, winners of 5 straight. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

This is a tale of 2 cities, both of which love their hockey. And in Buffalo and Edmonton, hockey fans don’t have much to love these days. The Sabres of Buffalo arguably are the worst team in the NHL, and the Oilers of Edmonton really aren’t much better off. So why are we talking hockey here? There was an NHL game on Monday of this week that put these 2 teams on the ice together and the Oilers came away with a 3-2 win. So yes, Oilers fan can rejoice but really, how much jubilation is there in beating Buffalo? Yet as hockey fans in these cities suffer, lacrosse fans have plenty to cheer as both the Bandits of Buffalo and the Rush of Edmonton sit in first place in their respective National Lacrosse League divisions. And therein is the tale. READ MORE »

Okotoks Raiders’ application for BCJALL membership approved on conditional basis

The Okotoks Raiders have seen their share of success in Alberta, but they want more. As in development, as in growth, as in realizing potential as an organization and for the players dressed in the sweaters. To that end, the Raiders applied for membership in the BCJALL and that application was approved, albeit with terms that must be met before it becomes a reality. The biggest term of all is financial as the parties search for a way to cover costs of travel and associated expenses. The Raiders expect to play in Alberta in 2014 and hope to remain in the league beyond that, but have taken the step to be part of the BCJALL in 2015 should the organization determine at that time that a shift to that league is in the best interest of the team and the players. So while the shift certainly remains a possibility for Okotoks, there is a growing sentiment in Western Canada that could lead to an even bigger shakeup for Junior A lacrosse in the region: A single Junior A loop in Western Canada that includes teams in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. READ MORE »

Okotoks Raiders announce coaching staff for 2014

The Okotoks Raiders have their coaching staff in place for the 2014 summer lacrosse season, and its full of pro players determined to lead the Raiders to their third Minto Cup tournament in four years. Calgary Roughnecks defender and captain Andrew McBride ascends to the position of Head Coach after serving as an assistant to the last two top men, Bruce Codd and Dave Pym. Pym will remain with the team as the General Manager and will help out with the coaching as well. Roughnecks star Dane Dobbie will coach the team’s offensive players and Jesse Fehr, a transition player with the Edmonton Rush, will lead the defensive troops. READ MORE »

ILIndoor 2013 Junior of the Year Awards, plus our All-Canadian teams for the summer

Johnny Powless of Six Nations did what was expected of him in 2013: He piled up the points. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Johnny Powless of Six Nations did what was expected of him in 2013: He piled up the points. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

After a 1-year hiatus, ILIndoor’s Junior of the Year awards are back. It’s the fifth edition of these awards, and we’ve also lined up our All-Canadian teams, comprised of the best Junior A players across Canada. As in years past, criteria for these awards are based on statistics from the regular season, hardware handed out for each of the Junior A loops in Ontario, B.C., and Alberta, and input from writers and coaches. So after the jump, check out who made what and if the accompanying photo wasn’t enough of a clue, you can also find out who ILIndoor’s Junior Player of the Year is. READ MORE »

NLL Entry Draft: Hello, My Name Is … Ian Buchanan

Ian Buchanan
Ian Buchanan

Part of Ian Buchanan’s job with the Junior A Mounties of Calgary was to stop the ball. And that, he did very well. Along with the rest of his mates and although the work of Buchanan and the Mounties didn’t produce a trip to the Minto Cup this summer, there’s no doubting he knows how to get the job done in the back end. The right-hander out of Airdrie, Alberta, was part of a unit that gave up a league-low 113 goals in Alberta this summer. That just more than 7 goals per game and no matter where you’re playing lacrosse, that’s an impressive feat. And speaking of playing lacrosse somewhere, that’s exactly what Buchanan has in mind for this winter and the best way he can do that is by hearing his name called at the Sept. 16 National Lacrosse League entry draft. READ MORE »

Minto Cup 2013: What they’re saying

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. READ MORE »

Minto Cup semifinals: New Westminster finds its way past Coquitlam and into finals

The Queen’s Park Arena was buzzing with fans from both sides and lacrosse fans from across Canada and Washington State, confirmed by the licence plates that jammed the parking lot outside. The history, tradition and pride that hits you as you enter the Park gates is unmistakable and the huge banner spread across the roof, shouting ‘Home of the New Westminster Salmonbellies’ confirms that you are about to experience something special. The Coquitlam Adanacs did their part to add to the atmosphere as they were giving away old A’s jerseys that gave their fans the unmistakable purple and gold flair while supporting a great group of young men that the generations following them aspire to be. Captain Tyler Garrison, assistant Sam Goodman and offensive stars Reid Reinholdt and Steven Neufeld, homegrown products of Coqutilam gave their fans great performances to cap off their junior careers. READ MORE »

Last Night: Whitby rolls into Minto finals; semifinal between Coquitlam, New West will be their 10th meeting this season

It's all on the line tonight as Coquitlam and New Westminster prepare for another meeting. (Photo: Coquitlam Adanacs)
It's all on the line tonight as Coquitlam and New Westminster prepare for another meeting. (Photo: Coquitlam Adanacs)

The domination is on full display at the Minto Cup, and the Whitby Warriors are the standard bearers. The Warriors improved to 3-0 at the tournament in New Westminster with a convincing 12-7 victory over the Coquitlam Adanacs. The Warriors have outscored their Minto opponents 41-16, by far the most goals scored and fewest goals allowed of the 4 teams competing. Last night’s result pushes the Warriors into the 5-game finals, which start on Thursday. They’re waiting for the winner of tonight’s semifinal game between the Adanacs and their B.C. rival, the New Westminster Salmonbellies. To call this game a rematch is an understatement as the teams will be playing each other for the 10th time this season. New West is 5-4 against Coquitlam in 2013, the last meeting being a 9-7 win for the ‘Bellies on Sunday night. But tonight’s 8 p.m. game is the most important of them all as the winner advances to play Whitby in the finals. READ MORE »

Minto Cup Game 3: Whitby Warriors 18, Okotoks Raiders 4

As Neil Doddridge, Head Coach of the Coquitlam Adanacs stated after Day 1 of the 2013 Minto Cup, “There is a lot to like about the Whitby Warriors.” Consistency is beginning to be one of them because for the second night in a row the Warriors came flying out of the gate catching their opponent off guard with their quick feet, quick sticks and quick, relentless transition from defence to attack mode.

Day 2 saw them jump out to a 3-0 on the Okotoks Raiders starting with Patrick McCrory’s first of two goals on the night only 43 seconds in followed by Dan Lintner’s first two, the second coming shorthanded just over three minutes into the first period. After that initial surge, the Raiders kept the Whitby offence at bay, mostly by showing better ball control offensively than they had in the first period the day before versus the Adanacs. Their starting goaltender, Akwesasne-born Kanathonson Horn-David, settled in after  being given a quick breather and a moment to re-focus while back-up Dylan Bachmeier got his first taste of Minto Cup action. Horn-David’s strong play to finish the first period coupled with his team playing much better in front of him resulted in no scoring for either side for the final 16:55 of the opening frame. READ MORE »

When re-doing the Minto Cup arrangement, let’s keep the broader picture in mind

Once the curtains close on the 2013 Minto Cup, the 10-year agreement that welcomed Alberta into the fold expires and the stakeholders from Alberta, B.C., and Ontario have to sit down at the bargaining table and hammer out a new agreement. The question I have is, will it be one that is best for the growth of Junior A lacrosse throughout Canada or one where each province protects its own interests and focuses on an agreement that gives their program the best chance to win in the short term? This agreement is far more complex than the debate about which tournament format produces the most compelling, competitive lacrosse. READ MORE »