One quick look through the Twitter feed of Matt Gibson at @ItsMattGibson and you’ll soon realize that this whole thing never really was a competition. Not for the top spot, anyway. Gibson had this locked up from the get-go and the Minnesota Swarm forward got there by combining humor, philosophical ponderings and flashbacks to youth. Everything from scooters to bacon to smart cars to mom to elderly drivers. No one and nothing is off limits for Gibson and his sharp wit, and you’d be wise to give this account a follow as ILIndoor wraps up its list of the top Twitter accounts of National Lacrosse League players you need to be following. Alas, after the jump, a sampling of Gibson’s work. READ MORE »
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In the past, the Philadelphia Wings have been labeled by some as “Team America” with their heavy rotation of U.S.-born players week in and week out. However this year may be a bit different with the 2014 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships set to take place this summer in Denver. It’s been widely speculated that a few top end American players for the Wings will take the 2014 NLL season off in order to ensure they’re at their best to represent their country. So how does that sit with Wings GM Johnny Mouradian, who has been a key architect for the club over the past few seasons? “We are sticking with our U.S. player base procurement plan and feel there are a number of great U.S. players who are very capable of making the transition to indoor like Brett Manney, Joel White, Mike Manley, Kyle Sweeney and Chad Wiedmaier.” READ MORE »
The Minnesota Swarm got off to a sluggish start to the 2013 National Lacrosse League season, losing three of their first four games and eventually sitting at 3-7. They rebounded to sneak into the playoffs at 7-9 and pulled off a huge first-round win over the Toronto Rock before being edged by the eventual champion Rochester Knighthawks in the East final. The way their season played out, and the fact that only six teams will now make the NLL playoffs, have had a profound impact on how the Swarm are approaching the 2014 season, beginning with their training camp. Minnesota has pared things down substantially, inviting only 26 players to compete for the 24 active and practice roster spots. READ MORE »
A new season is dawning and plenty is new in the camp of the Toronto Rock. While Matt Sawyer and Paddy Campbell return to their roles with the National Lacrosse League team’s coaching staff, change is the rule: John Lovell has moved up to become the head coach, Blaine Manning has taken over as offensive coordinator and Dan Ladouceur is in charge of the defence. IL Indoor spoke to all three of the men in new positions after the Rock’s first practice for the 2014 season on Saturday at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre. One thing that all three agree on is that the team that finished first overall in the 2013 regular season but lost in the opening round of the playoffs doesn’t need to make a lot of changes, but it needs to be better than it was last year. READ MORE »
At one point, we said humor alone doesn’t cut it when it comes to ILIndoor’s list of National Lacrosse League players whose Twitter accounts were a must-follow. And then we run into this one, @FakeMattVinc. It’s sorta weird to have the No. 2 spot held down by an account run by a mystery person, but one glance through the feed and it’s undeniable. This account is funny. Very funny. As we’ve done with the previous top Twitterers in this weekly series, there is a sampling of Tweets for you to peruse after the jump. And if that whets your appetite for more laughs, go ahead and check out all the Tweets at this account because every single one of them is built for amusement, kinda like the biceps of Matt Vinc. READ MORE »
It was supposed to be one of the best days of his life. Mike Lum-Walker had been playing lacrosse since he was seven years old. He’d had a successful Junior A career with the Whitby Warriors, including winning a Minto Cup. Then he was drafted by the Toronto Rock. He went off to camp last December ready to try to win a spot on the National Lacrosse League team’s defence. His season lasted about 30 minutes. That’s when he limped off the floor with what turned out to be a torn ACL and damage to the meniscus in his knee.
364 days later (“not that I’m counting or anything,” Lum-Walker says with a laugh), he’ll hit the floor again for his first serious lacrosse since the injury. He’s missed what would have been his rookie seasons with both the Rock and Major Series Lacrosse’s Brooklin Redmen. He’s suffered some setbacks along the way. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is his attitude. Lum-Walker is one of the most consistently positive and upbeat players you’d care to meet, and that positivity has been a major factor in what he expects to be a successful return to the game. READ MORE »
If Canada has its way, the world will be getting another lacrosse championship in the near future. Team Canada chairman Dean French says that Canada would love to spearhead the drive to create a U17 world championship for box lacrosse and they have a plan to lead to its creation. In the wake of the November 17 game between Canada and the Iroquois at the Bell Centre in Montreal, which was played before the main event between the senior teams, they are proposing to the US and Iroquois that the three teams look to play a demonstration tournament at the 2014 world field championships in Denver.
“The vision would be that, just like we have a U19 men’s field, that there would be a U17 men’s indoor world championship every four years,” French told IL Indoor. “We believe that promoting box lacrosse is a good thing for helping other countries that are developing their field lacrosse programs.” READ MORE »
If they build it, they will come; now they just have to come up with the cash to get the building part done. Lacrosse aficionados in Calgary have the land on which to build a proposed new box lacrosse facility and they have much of the money they need in place, but if they can’t find another half million dollars in the next six weeks, they’ll lose the chance to erect the new building, according to a story in the Calgary Sun. Calgary Winter Lacrosse, a group led by Brian Couronne, has been working for years to get a facility built that will give the city’s 6,000 indoor players a place to play that is available during the winter. The city came through with “a piece of land in Ogden that’s been vacant for 25 or 30 years,” Couronne says. “The city has been holding that land for us for the past two years and the time has come now for us to get things rolling, but the city requirement is to have 90% of the funding.” The group has come up with about $2 million between the provincial government and local fundraising efforts, but it’s not easy to raise money in the city that was hit so hard by flooding earlier in the year. They need to raise another $500,000 to make the project a go.
Team 22 athletes are a hard-working bunch, but they got a chance to enjoy a little down time during a trip to Bahamas for an Under Armour photo shoot. For Shawn Evans, Jordan MacIntosh and Matt Vinc, it meant a quick turnaround as they had to head out right after helping Canada to defeat the Iroquois Nationals in Montreal on Sunday afternoon.
It’s getting serious now. Humor plays a big role, of course, in ILIndoor’s list of Twitter accounts of National Lacrosse League players that you need to be following. But now, is humor enough? Can a lone 1-liner get the job done? Of course not. We’re in multi-tool territory now and that’s why Jordan Hall of the Philadelphia Wings is the first medalist, if you will, of this list we’ve been doing over the course of the off-season. Hall’s humor is unique, which separates him from the rest. But it’s his use of images that pushes him into the top tier. Halloween costumes, comparison photos and pictures of restaurant names that really shouldn’t be restaurant names will definitely bring the chuckles. So check out Hall’s feed at @Hallsy44 let the laughter begin. READ MORE »