Archive for the ‘Back in the Day’ Category


OTCB Podcast- Victoria Shamrocks HC Bob Heyes: throwbacks, hip surgeries and how he never wanted to coach

Bob Heyes in his heyday.
Bob Heyes in his heyday.

It’s been a while since the Off the Crossebar Podcasts have graced this page and that’s totally Rob Ford’s fault (everything is these days, right?) but we’re back and kicking things off with a bit of a throwback. For those that are social media savvy and even more so on Facebook, I suggest you become friends with Victoria Shamrocks Head Coach, Bob Heyes. He’s not giving anything away, trying to gain likes to cure cancer or raising a million dollars to try and convince the Gait brothers for one last tour of duty with the Rocks.  What he is doing, though, is giving an incredible trip down memory lane with some outstanding pictures and video footage from his playing days as a member of the Esquimalt Legion (BC JrA), the Victoria Payless, the Victoria Shamrocks and even his cup of coffee with the Pittsburgh Bulls. READ MORE »


Video: Vintage Albany Attack promotion features professional wrestler Mick Foley

You remember the Albany Attack, right? And Mick Foley, right? Of course you do. And if you in a throwback kinda mood, then this video of the pro rassler appearing in a video to promote the late NLL team in 2000 will make your day. Check it out as Foley, who played high school lacrosse at Ward Melville, helps sell tickets for the Attack.


Looking Back With … Chris Panos

Chris Panos has 1 NLL title and 3 Mann Cups, an impressive feat for an American player. (Photo: Dave Sanders)
Chris Panos has 1 NLL title and 3 Mann Cups, an impressive feat for an American player. (Photo: Dave Sanders)

It isn’t easy for an American-born lacrosse player to play in the National Lacrosse League, let alone the WLA and/or the OLA. There is the occasional exception, but it isn’t very often. It’s even more of a rarity for an American field player with no previous box experience to play 11 seasons in the NLL, but that is exactly what Chris Panos did. In those 11 NLL seasons, Panos established himself near the top of all-time scoring list among Americans. He made three Champion’s Cup appearances, winning it all with the 2001 Philadelphia Wings. And outside of the NLL, Panos spent his summers playing Senior A in both the OLA and WLA. He learned from some of the best in the game, including Paul and Gary Gait. The hard word paid off in the form of 3 Mann Cups, a feat not very many Americans can boast, and a feat that puts him at the top of the list of the greatest Americans to play box lacrosse. READ MORE »


Video: Former NLL player Jamie Taylor making his mark in world of screenplays

Jamie Taylor hasn’t played in the National Lacrosse League since 2007, but he’s hoping to burst back on to the scene real soon. As a writer. The former ILIndoor contributor has penned a screenplay — Unearthing — that’s being produced this fall. Part of the plan is a crowdfunding initiative, which includes a “What’s the Secret” campaign where supporters can become part of the project and even help shape the outcome of the film. Read more about the project and the campaign here, but not before watching a teaser of Unearthing.


The Lacrosse Gathering brings together generations of success

Four of the Boro Boys (Scott Phillips, Ernie Ellement, Andy O'Brien and Randy Manning) promoting The Lacrosse Gathering that continues tonight with the Legends of Lacrosse game. (Photo: Chris Hatton)
Four of the Boro Boys (Scott Phillips, Ernie Ellement, Andy O'Brien and Randy Manning) promoting The Lacrosse Gathering that continues tonight with the Legends of Lacrosse game. (Photo: Chris Hatton)

Lacrosse fans in Peterborough, Ontario are used to seeing successful teams. The current Major Series Lacrosse Lakers have won five of the last nine Mann Cups, but it’s far from a recent phenomenon for local teams to earn titles. That fact was underlined before the Lakers game against Six Nations Thursday night when about 35 members of three championship teams from the 60s and 70s were honoured on the floor then watched the game from a suite at the Memorial Centre. Friday night at 7 pm, those players will be on the floor again, but this time with sticks in their hands as fans fill the seats to watch them in a Legends of Lacrosse game. READ MORE »


Video: John Tavares in Junior A

Ever wonder what it was like to watch John Tavares play back in the day if you didn’t get a chance to see him then? Well, wonder no more. This video shows highlights of Tavares, in his rookie season with the Jr A Mississauga Tomahawks, playing against the Etobicoke Eclipse in their final year of existence. It was the days when woodies were the norm, shorts were short and goalies roamed all over the floor.


St. Catharines great Ron Roy to be inducted into St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame

Ron Roy
Ron Roy

Bernie Puchalski of the St. Catharines Standard crafted a very touching tribute to the great Ron Roy, who will be a posthumous induction into the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony tonight. Anyone who has followed St. Catharines lacrosse over the years knows of Roy and what he meant to the game as a player and coach. “He was very shifty,” Whitey Frick told Puchalski. “Goaltenders today can’t move very fast and he would have got twice as many points today as he did back then.” Roy won 2 Mann Cups and was named Player of the Decade for the 1950s for St. Catharines. After his playing days, he coached and spent time in the National Lacrosse League, working with the Buffalo Bandits and Columbus Landsharks until he resigned that position in 2002. It was Roy who drafted current Bandits transition star Mark Steenhuis to Columbus. “Ron had the purest heart I ever met in lacrosse,” Steenhuis said. Roy died in 2007 of leukemia at the age of 71.


The Longest Game

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Last Saturday night, the battle for Alberta and the Western Division crown went down at Rexall Place in Edmonton. With just over 6 minutes to go, Alex Turner ripped an outside shot past Mike Poulin to give the Rush a 2 goal lead. Geoff Snider promptly won the faceoff—as he did on all but 4 draws the entire night—and scored one of his own to narrow the gap to 1. At 1:39, Daryl Veltman one-timed a pass from Shawn Evans past Aaron Bold to send the game into overtime.

Most overtime games are settled within the first few possessions….with anxiety running, high seconds seem like minutes. But with both goalies stepping up, Edmonton and Calgary failed to cash in on a multitude of opportunities. My count had both Edmonton and Calgary with 10 shots apiece that included 3 pipes and 5 or 6 at point blank range before Shawn Evans slipped a shot between the legs of Bold to guarantee the Riggers home field advantage throughout at least the first 2 rounds of the playoffs. The 10:05 of extra time seemed like an eternity…in large part because of the scoring opportunities. The game is in the record books as the fifth longest game in NLL History at 70 minutes 5 seconds. Let’s take a quick look at the others. READ MORE »


Off the Crossebar Podcast with Kevin Alexander, aka ‘Alexander the Great’

Kevin Alexander knows lacrosse as a player and as a coach. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)
Kevin Alexander knows lacrosse as a player and as a coach. (Photo: Matt J. Wiater)

When you ask people for the names of their top five athletes of all time, many will give you a laundry list of the who’s who in sports, the creme-de-la-creme and for the most part, while it’s fairly predictable, it’s still pretty subjective to their own personal memories and ideals. Well when NBA All-Star and 2-time MVP Steve Nash was asked during half time of an NBA game who his top five  faves were, he threw almost everyone for a loop.

This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast, we go one-on-one with one of the greatest players you may never have heard of and that’s not a slap in the face to Kevin Alexander, it’s just that in the two years he played in Buffalo during the old MILL days, he was on a team full of Eastern all-stars, hall of famers in their own right and one guy who’s actually still playing, if you can believe it. But for Alexander, who’s already in the Canadian Lacrosse and Victoria Sports Hall of Fames, his most recent induction could be one of the most memorable. READ MORE »


Looking Back With … Jeremy Hollenbeck

Jeremy Hollenbeck
Jeremy Hollenbeck

Jeremy Hollenbeck’s list of accomplishments is as long as a kid’s Christmas wish list to Santa this year. The two time All-American from Nazareth College in Rochester was taken in the fourth round of the 1995 National Lacrosse League draft by the Rochester Knighthawks, and never looked back. He spent 10 years playing in Rochester alongside some legendary names such as Paul Gait and Regy Thorpe. Hard work was the key to Hollenbeck’s success and eventually paid dividends. Hollenbeck won a NLL championship in 1997, was named the Knighthawks “Unsung Hero” in 1999, and firmly implanted himself at No. 10 on Rochester’s all-time looseball list. In 2011, Hollenbeck was inducted into the Rochester Knighthawks Hall of Fame. His career will go down in lacrosse history as one of the original members of the Knighthawks — a group of young men who not only won a championship, but built a successful franchise for the fans of Rochester. READ MORE »