Archive for the ‘B.C. Junior A’ Category


Junior A Timbermen eager to put struggles behind them as 2014 season approaches

The Nanaimo Junior A Timbermen haven’t had more than 3 wins in each of their last 2 seasons, so it’s easy to understand the optimism heading into a new season. Especially when they’re talking the way they are after practice sessions to gear up for Saturday’s BCJALL opener on the road against the Delta Islanders. “I can tell already the jump in them,” new coach Ken Morrison told the Nanaimo News Bulletin. “They’re ready to go; they feel good about it.” Morrison likes the speed of the Timbermen already, and veteran Brett Fleming says that’s just part of the new attitude while the priority will be on the back end. “Defence, that’s got to be our No. 1 priority,” he said. “We’ve acquired some players and our coaching is slightly different. I think we’re going to focus on that and be better for it.”


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 »


Minto Cup 2014 to be played at the Langley Events Centre


One of Canada’s most storied Championships will be hosted at the Langley Events Centre this August. The BC Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League announced on Thursday that the Minto Cup will have a mainland home at the LEC starting in 2014.

The Minto Cup alternates between an Eastern and Western facility every year, and the home facility is traditionally based upon the host team. However, beginning in 2014, the LEC will be the host venue for the West so long as the host team resides in the Lower Mainland, something that has been the case each year since 1986 when Victoria-Esquimalt hosted the event,

“We are excited to be able to call the LEC Home when the event is played on the Mainland and in the West,” BCJALL Commissioner Ken Wood said, adding that having a somewhat permanent home will advance the planning every two years. READ MORE »


Hadi Abassi steps down as financial backer for Nanaimo Timbermen, teams plan to continue moving forward for 2014 season

At a press conference today in Nanaimo, the Nanaimo Timbermen announced that majority financial backer Hadi Abassi was stepping way from the WLA and BCJALL franchise. It’s obvious to anyone that running a WLA team isn’t easy, especially when you struggle to draw fans at the gate and fail to gain any significant community support. Since returning to the Senior A circuit, the Timbermen have never been able to gain the embrace of the local sports fan within the hub-city community. At this point, nobody has stepped up to take over control but the franchise did make note that neither the Jr. or Sr. teams were in jeopardy. Surplus cash flow from home games will help fund the senior team on a game to game basis. Safe to say there won’t be much money to pay players. READ MORE »


Buchans bring Thunder of Langley together at senior, junior and intermediate levels


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 »


Winners and Losers: ‘O’ in Rochester and Calgary, confidence in Colorado, Vancouver

The Rochester offense scored 17 goals in Saturday's win, more than its last 2 games combined. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
The Rochester offense scored 17 goals in Saturday's win, more than its last 2 games combined. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

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 »


Burnaby Lakers pleased with direction of D

Dan Perrault
Dan Perrault

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.


New West bolsters left side through draft

Sean Lundstrom
Sean Lundstrom

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.


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 »


WLA Draft preview: Talent is deep on both sides of ball, so who goes with No. 1 pick?

If Jesse King's Junior numbers weren't impressive enough, his Mann Cup performance was. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)
If Jesse King's Junior numbers weren't impressive enough, his Mann Cup performance was. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)

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 »