The Thunder Lacrosse Club (a not for profit society run by President Ken Buchan and Vice President Rob Buchan) have received league approval to assume management of the Langley Intermediate and Junior Thunder (Thunder Sports Entertainment). The B.C. Junior Lacrosse League’s Board of Directors approved the transfer at their meeting on Tuesday, March 4. The move was made to try to create a strong synergy through the different levels of local lacrosse as well as the Langley Events Centre. Having managed the Langley Thunder of the Western Lacrosse Association since 1999, the Buchan family has become entrenched in the sport both locally and throughout the Lower Mainland. The team was the first franchise to play in the LEC after its opening in 2009 and has a strong relationship with the facility which will now benefit all three teams. READ MORE »
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Week 8 of the National Lacrosse League has come and gone but ILIndoor is not quite ready to let it go. Check it out as we look back at the week that was and get it off our chest in the form of Winners and Losers. There were a couple of offensive units that appear to have gotten back on track, while a couple of other units pretty much lost the momentum it appeared to have. There’s still plenty of lacrosse left to play in this 2014 season, however, which means there’s plenty of time to turn things around or have it turned around. But for now, we’re sticking with the week that was and next week, we’ll be back with more. READ MORE »
Just because the Burnaby Lakers didn’t have their first pick of the Western Lacrosse Association draft until Round 3 doesn’t mean they’re coming away empty handed. The Lakers are pleased with the picks they used on Brendan Rouse (third round) and Dan Perreault (fourth), both defensive-minded players out of the New Westminster system. Rouse was a draft pick of the National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Stealth and Perreault both helped a Salmonbellies defensive unit that gave up just 164 goals in the 2013 regular season, second-fewest in the BCJALL. “We did fine considering we didn’t draft until the third round,” Burnaby general manager Paul Rowbotham told Burnaby Now. “We got two kids who have a shot.” The Lakers, who finished third in the WLA standings behind Langley and Victoria, open their 2014 season on May 29 at New Westminster.
There were more than a few surprises for the New Westminster Salmonbellies at last week’s Western Lacrosse League draft, and for the most part, they were pleasant surprises. Brushing aside popular thought that they’d take a goalie in the draft after trading away Tyler Richards recently, the Salmonbellies focused on the left side of their offense and used their first pick (No. 2 overall) on Reid Reinholdt. They then used their pick in the second round on Sean Lundstrom, giving their offense players who combined for 135 Junior A points last summer. “We got the two best lefties outside of Jesse King and Brody Eastwood and they’re both excited about playing here,” New West GM Dan Richardson told the Royal City Record. So in addition to bolstering that side of the offense, the Salmonbellies showed they have plenty of faith in goalie Neil Tyacke. “We’re going to ride with Neal (Tyacke) and address our biggest needs for offensive lefties to play with Logan (Schuss),” said Richardson. New Westminster opens its 2014 season on May 22 at home against Langley.
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 »
After last weekend’s B.C. Jr. A Lacrosse League draft, the eight junior teams stacked up their rosters for the 2014 season and started the process of moving on without their graduating players. Now it’s time to see where many of those 1992 born players will end up for the upcoming Western Lacrosse Association season as the WLA draft will take place at Langley Events Centre on Thursday, February 6. The Coquitlam Adanacs hold the first overall pick in this years draft and they have numerous options moving forward into 2014. The A’s also hold the fourth overall pick so they will be adding two top level rookies to the roster. The talent pool is very top heavy with this year’s draft class but with 2014 being an eastern Mann Cup year, it could very well be a year for some of these top prospects to make a real impact. READ MORE »
Ever since the early days of the Eagle Pro Box league and professional lacrosse became an actual thing, it’s always labeled itself as the league of weekend warriors who play for the love of the game while holding down a steady 9-5 job Monday through Friday. National Lacrosse League players today have a wide range of professions that allow them continue to play the game they love, while at the same time making sure the bills don’t pile up like John Grant Jr highlight real goals (don’t ever stop Jr.). Well Dane Stevens, who was recently acquired by the Minnesota Swarm from the Edmonton Rush, may just take the cake as one of the most interesting men away from the turf. He may not have his own line of Memes quite yet but moonlighting as the bassist for the Vancouver indie rock group, Tough Lovers has allowed him to grow some underground groupie love status but that’s not the coolest job description on his resume. READ MORE »
That Connor Frost went as the top overall pick in Sunday’s BCJALL midget draft is no surprise. Who picked the left-hander, however, was. Heading into the draft, the Delta Islanders said they had been approached by a few clubs interested in trading for the top spot, and it was Port Coquitlam that ended up with the pick, and Frost. PoCo also got Delta’s second, third and fourth round picks in 2016 and in return, Delta got the playing rights to David McSkimming and Jayden Campbell and PoCo’s first-round pick in 2015. As for the rest of the first round: Nanaimo, Liam Finnigan (Juan de Fuca), New Westminster (from PoCo), Carter Dickson (Semiahmoo), Langley (from Delta), Connor McNeil (Chilliwack), Victoria (from Nanaimo, from Victoria), Taylor Martin (Cowichan), Victoria (from Langley), Apollo Claxton (Cowichan), Nanaimo (from Delta, from New Westminster), Tyler Mace (Saanich), and Nanaimo (from Coquitlam), Tyson Black. To see the other draft day deals that were made, click here and to see full draft results, click here.
The BCJALL midget draft kicks off today at 1 p.m. (10 a.m. local time) and the Delta Islanders have made plenty of noise heading into the event. Of the 4 off-season trades made league-wide, 3 involve the Islanders and one of those deals sent today’s No. 1 pick to Delta. So the Islanders still have some noise left to make and whether they make Connor Frost the top overall choice or trade that choice away remains to be seen. Frost, of Port Moody, has signed a letter of intent to play NCAA lacrosse at North Carolina, but has expressed a desire to play Junior A lacrosse closer to home, perhaps Coquitlam. “We’re not opposed to trading (the pick),” Delta coach and assistant GM Doug Rennie told The Delta Optimist. “We still need to talk to Connor and find out what his thoughts are on playing in Delta but we will be doing what’s best for our organization moving forward.” Today’s draft will be conducted at the Poco Rec Centre. Click here to see the entire draft order and click here to watch the webcast.
The Junior A Nanaimo Timbermen haven’t won more than 3 games in the last 2 BCJALL regular seasons, and they’re tired of it. So the T-men became a mover this offseason, striking a deal with the Victoria Shamrocks to acquire 2 players for a handful of draft picks. Coming to Nanaimo are Jordan Cunningham, Dane Sorensen and a fourth-round draft pick. In return, the Shamrocks get the fifth overall pick in the upcoming midget draft (end of January) along with third-round picks this draft and next year. The message is clear, said Nanaimo GM Jon Nicholson. “We’re not standing pat,” Nicholson told the Nanaimo Daily News. “Obviously we aren’t happy with our record last year, but we do see the potential in the team and we’re trying to add pieces around that.” Nicholson said the T-men are feeling the urgency, especially for talented returning players in Mitch Parker, Brett Hawrys, Corey Shires and goalie Peter Dubenski. Even with the trade, the Timbermen expect the arrival of more young talent as they continue to hold 3 of the first 10 picks in the upcoming draft, including the No. 2 overall pick.