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Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame announces 2014 class of inductees

The Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) announces the newest members of the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame (OLHOF) located in St. Catharines, Ontario. The 2014 Inductees OLHOF are Louis Delisle-Player/Builder (Kahnawake), Ted Howe Jr.-Builder (St. Catharines), Doug Luey-Builder (Whitby), Mike McMillan-Player (Owen Sound), Ray Mortimer-Veteran (Mimico) and Rob Mason-Player (Fergus/Owen Sound). The Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame is located in St. Catharines Ontario at the Welland Canal Center, Lock 3, at the Welland Canal Parkway. The 2014 Induction Dinner will be held on Saturday November 1st 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview located at 6470 Fallsview Blvd. Niagara Falls Ontario L2G 3W5. Please contact Chuck Miller at for information. READ MORE »

Six Nations Arrows forfeit win for using ineligible players

It won’t affect their standing atop the OLA Jr A league, but the Six Nations Arrows’ forfeiture of a game for using a pair of players who should have been sitting out suspensions could have an impact on who they meet in the first round of the playoffs. The Arrows played Trevor Stacey and Patrick Thornhill in games last Friday and Sunday when the pair were suspended. Six Nations now forfeits their win over the Barrie Lakeshores. They would have forfeited their Sunday game against Kitchener-Waterloo but they lost to the Braves anyway. League Commissioner Dean McLeod says the team thought they were able to buy back the second and third games of the suspensions (Stacey was suspended for three games and Thornhill two) but they were mistaken. “I made it very clear, although being the weekend I didn’t get a written document to them. But I told [team personnel] Scott Smith and Jake Henhawk about four hours apart that it was a two-gamer and a three-gamer and there was no league fine and absolutely no buy back.” READ MORE »

Breaking: Peterborough Lakers appeal denied, three games will remain forfeit

The Peterborough Lakers appeal of three games they forfeited because of playing suspended player Scott Evans has been denied by the Ontario Lacrosse Association. The Lakers appeal was heard Monday night at the OLA offices and the announcement came this afternoon. The statement was brief, simply saying “The appeal by the Peterborough Lakers MSL team was denied. The Automatic Fine Policy must be followed. It is the team’s responsibility to manage their game suspensions.” The Lakers played Evans in the first four games of the season when he should have sat out a game stemming from an incident at the end of their final playoff game of 2013. When he received a match penalty at the end of their fourth game this summer, it was realized that Evans hadn’t sat out the game he should have. As a result, the Lakers forfeited wins over Brampton, Oakville and Brooklin. That leaves them in third place in the league with a record of 6-6, rather than the 9-3 record they would have had they not forfeited the games. With the forfeit wins, Brooklin is 10-1, Oakville 3-7 and Brampton 2-8. READ MORE »

Suitor combining box and field training in Orangeville camp

Lakers star Andrew Suitor is running a combined box and field camp in his Orangeville home town. (Photo: Kendall Taylor)
Lakers star Andrew Suitor is running a combined box and field camp in his Orangeville home town. (Photo: Kendall Taylor)

It’s summertime, which means the lacrosse camp season is in full swing. Young players are travelling around the continent heading to camps to build their game and improve their chances of landing at the college of their choice. There are box camps and field camps and some camps, like Andrew Suitor’s Evolve Elite Orangeville, that combine the two disciplines. Suitor’s camp, run under the auspices of the Evolve Elite program headed by Tracey Kelusky, will be in his home town July 14-17 at the Alder Arena. But it won’t just be in the arena. Players will have the chance to hit the floors in the morning from 9 till noon, then after lunch they head outside and work on the fields. And of course, being an Orangeville affair, the camp features some of the great players in the game from the area. Future Hall of Famer Josh Sanderson, Toronto and Oakville Rock goalie Nick Rose and Jr A Northmen and University of Vermont star Ian MacKay are among the instructors. There’s nothing quite like summer camp.

Victoria Shamrocks Alumni Association looking to reunite past memories and help grow many more

65 years of Victoria Shamrocks Alumni will be on hand Friday night. (Photo: Kasey Erickson)
65 years of Victoria Shamrocks Alumni will be on hand Friday night. (Photo: Kasey Erickson)

If you hang around lacrosse arenas often enough you start to recognize familiar faces who have the same passion you do for the game and maybe you even take some time to stop and chat with them about their lacrosse experiences. Many of those faces you see have some really strong ties to the clubs their watching, as players from days gone by still enjoy showing up to the rink to watch the next generation of stars. Alumni associations are the life-blood of an organization because they hold the keys to past successes, thousands of memorable tales and some incredible memorabilia.

Well the Victoria Shamrocks are the latest big club to assemble their alumni to help not only reunite players from past teams over the decades but with aspirations to give back to the game and help grow the game in the the capital city. The Shamrocks date back 65 years and have a very loyal and long standing relationship with the Victoria sports community as they’ve been a time-honoured tradition on a hot summer Friday night. This Friday, the VSAA will formally meet for the first time as the Shamrocks host another club with a long standing history and a great Alumni Association, the New Westminster Salmonbellies. READ MORE »

Familiar group looking to bring a new pro summer box lax league to North America

Speaking on a case of anonymity, IL Indoor has learned from a very reliable source that a new group is looking to form a new indoor professional lacrosse league in the summer of 2016. There have been circulating reports on the fan forum page about a new league and today, IL Indoor confirmed those reports and have learned that former CLAX founder Paul St John and NLL Hall of Famer Jim Veltman are heavily involved. READ MORE »

WLA Board of Governors and league officials working toward avoiding a possible strike as 2014 season looms

Who will keep Superman safe if replacement refs are used in the WLA? (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Who will keep Superman safe if replacement refs are used in the WLA? (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Nobody ever always agrees with officials.

They’re often the focus of players, coaches and fans vitriol during a season and are always the reason a team lost a big game. Well now, no more will the stripes be taken for granted and they’ve started to draw a line in the sand. With the Western Lacrosse Association season slowly approaching, IL Indoor has learned that there may a bit of a snag leading up to the May 17 season opener. After speaking with several sources on and close to both sides, the WLA and BC Lacrosse Officials Association (BCLOA) are, and have been in negotiations for a few months about the current state of wages being paid to the men in charge of keeping the peace on the floor. READ MORE »

Wings take fans behind the action at the Wells Fargo Center

The Philadelphia Wings are holding their Fan Appreciation Night this Saturday when they play host to the Colorado Mammoth. In anticipation of the event, the team has put together a video providing an all-encompassing look at the game day experience in Philly. From behind the scenes looks to game action, the video shows Chopper and the Wings getting at it. READ MORE »

Kahnawkae Tomahawks left at the airport, out of Ales Hrebesky tournament

The annual Ales Hrebesky Memorial lacrosse tournament gets under way today in Prague, Czech Republic, but it will be doing so without the Kahnawake Tomahawks, who gathered Monday for their flight only to find that there were no tickets for them and their manager was missing. The team is an amalgam of players from Quebec Senior Lacrosse League Sr B teams and players from the Kahnawake reserve across the river from Montreal. A version of the team was also announced earlier this year as an expansion team in the QSLL.

Tomahawks’ goaltender Derek Collins says he went to the house of team manager Kevin Biggs as arranged for 9:30 Monday morning but Biggs was not there. Collins says some players met in Kahnawake and others went straight to the airport. When they gathered at the airport they could not find Biggs and were informed that there were no tickets for them. “We got hold of the travel agent and apparently [Biggs] made arrangements to buy the tickets but never showed up to pay for them,” Collins told IL Indoor. READ MORE »

National Lacrosse League records looking likely to fall in 2014

Garrett Billings has a shot at a pair of NLL records in 2014. (Photo: Graig Abel)
Garrett Billings has a shot at a pair of NLL records in 2014. (Photo: Graig Abel)

With the move to the 18-game season this year, it was anticipated that some single-season National Lacrosse League records would fall in 2014. Today we’ll take a look at a few marks that are definitely in peril as the season winds into the stretch drive. One of the highest-profile records, of course, is for points in a season. John Grant Jr. set the record two years ago in a remarkable season during which he missed only two games with a cracked sternum, thus breaking John Tavares‘ long-standing record of 115 in the same 14 games that Tavares played in 2001. Now Garrett Billings is breathing down the neck of Grant’s mark. Billings and Shawn Evans are both in pursuit of the assists record that Billings set last year and Evans came close to last season. Finally, we take a look at the forced turnovers record, which Kyle Rubisch has made his personal domain. Make the jump to see how the record pursuits are unravelling. READ MORE »